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Reps. Kowalko and Baumbach holding September 24 forum at Newark High School auditorium

WHO: Reps. John Kowalko and Paul Baumbach
WHAT: Town Hall on proposed data center and power plant
WHEN: September 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Newark High School auditorium, 750 East Delaware Avenue

On a personal level, I have been appointed to serve on two national committees: the Council of State Governments’ Budget and Tax Chairs Committee and the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Budget and Revenue Committee. I am hoping to use this as a networking opportunity and can hopefully bring some good ideas and practices to Delaware since I’m co-chair of the Delaware Joint Bond Bill Committee.

The House Democratic Caucus is seeking to fill the Deputy Communications Director position. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Sean.Finnigan@state.de.us by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday September 23rd. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of September 30th- October 4th in Dover at Legislative Hall.

I love how responsive people are to our state representatives. When a resident contacts me with a problem, I first identify what department is responsible for helping. Then, when I call on behalf of the resident, it is always so great to see how quickly we are able to have their concern addressed. It makes such a difference to people - knowing that they matter - and it’s an honor to know I can help get answers for them.

In 1971, Delaware put itself at the forefront of environmental preservation by passing the Coastal Zone Act, which has helped protect hundreds of thousands of acres along the Delaware River and Bay from industrial development by regulating heavy industrial activities and preventing the offshore bulk transfer of raw materials in the Coastal Zone.

In 1971, Delaware put itself at the forefront of environmental preservation by passing the Coastal Zone Act, which has helped protect hundreds of thousands of acres along the Delaware River and Bay from industrial development by regulating heavy industrial activities and preventing the offshore bulk transfer of raw materials in the Coastal Zone.

Red Clay School District attempted to break the world record for the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks. How high did they go?

When Pinnacle Foods announced it would be closing its Vlasic pickle plant in Millsboro, we shared the concerns of its several hundred employees and local residents who worried about the impact on Sussex County's economy.

If building a tire incinerator a mile from New Castle City – and less than a half-mile from several schools and parks – sounds unbelievable, you’ll understand why I and many of my constituents are angry.

On a personal level, I have been appointed to serve on the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference’s Transportation Committee for the upcoming year. I am hoping to use this as a networking opportunity and can hopefully bring some good ideas and practices to Delaware since I’m also the vice chair of the ‎Delaware House Transportation/Land Use & Infrastructure Committee.

I will restart my community coffee events Tuesday, September 3 at 7 a.m. at the Friendly’s on South College Avenue. I am looking forward to discussing current events and issues with you.

Please be advised that DelDOT has reopened Route 40 several days earlier than expected. Limited lane closures will be ongoing in order to finish paving. Please expect these lane closures to begin in the evening, around 7:30 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. until work is finished.

Recently, I spoke at the Brandywine Hundred Rotary meeting and fielded questions from business and community leaders. One of the first questions was about the $8 million bailout the state gave our three casinos. People are still confused and frustrated by this move.

Norfolk Southern Railroad to Close Crossing at
US 40/Pulaski Highway for Repairs
7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 9 until 5 a.m. on Monday, August 26 

(24 hours/7 days a week) weather permitting 

We just finished up the first leg of the 147th General Assembly, which was a packed, productive session. A host of important issues were on the docket and many of the resulting pieces of legislation will help improve the quality of life for Delawareans of diverse backgrounds – such as marriage equality, reducing gun violence and charter school reform. Marriage equality, reducing gun violence and charter school reform are extremely important issues, however there are also issues from the 10th District that require attention.


As the house prime sponsor of Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 33 I am currently engaged in the dialoug surrounding its implementation. Around the state manufactured housing communities are discussing how the new law effects them. In order to address the questions arising from these discussions community meetings have been organized. I will be attending two upcoming meetings in order to hear feedback and answer questions about the legislation.

In the early morning of July 1st, the first session of the 147th General Assembly came to a close. Shortly afterwards, Governor Jack Markell signed the fiscal 2014 budget into law.

We recently finished up the first leg of the 147th General Assembly, which was a packed, productive session. My colleagues and I tackled many difficult issues, and I am happy to say that we were able to improve the quality of life for our citizens. While marriage equality, reducing gun violence and charter school reform received extensive media coverage, those issues barely scratch the surface of what we accomplished this year.

 

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Melanie George Smith introduced the proposed fiscal 2014 operating budget on Tuesday, the fourth consecutive year that the spending plan has been introduced at least a week before the end of session, providing the public with more than a week to review the document.

A bipartisan group of 22 state legislators sent a petition Thursday to the Public Service Commission to require Delmarva Power to show more detail in its monthly billing statements.

Legislation aimed at improving the law governing Delaware charter schools cleared the House Tuesday, representing the first major overhaul to the charter school system since its creation 18 years ago.

As a freshman legislator filling the seat occupied by Rep. Bob Gilligan for the last 40 years, this session has been a tremendous opportunity to learn the ropes down in Legislative Hall. Rep. Gilligan served our district and state tirelessly for his entire career, and I could not be more proud to be serving the 19th District.

School choice allows students to apply to public, charter or vocational technical schools throughout the state without regard to where they live. In the current school year, 28 percent of students utilize some form of school choice within or outside the bounds of their home district.

Flanked by liquor store and Delaware craft brewery owners at Fordham & Old Dominion Brewing companies in Dover Thursday, Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 31, which allows Delaware liquor stores to fill and sell growlers of draught beer on site.

Joined by legislators and community advocates on the steps inside Legislative Hall, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Tuesday to allow same-sex couples to marry, making Delaware the 11th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of police officers, legislators and residents gathered Wednesday afternoon on Legislative Mall for the annual ceremony remembering officers who have died in the line of duty. House Speaker Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, a retired state trooper, spoke during the ceremony.

The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would make Delaware the 11th state to establish marriage equality.

 

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