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Legislation closing a loophole by expanding background checks to virtually all firearm purchases passed the Senate Thursday and is headed to Governor Jack Markell for his signature.

Dozens of lawmakers, officials and advocates gathered Thursday at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington to unveil legislation that would make Delaware the 10th state to establish marriage equality.

The Delaware AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert Program will now be supplemented by the utilization of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to send AMBER alert notifications to WEA compliant cell phones Statewide. Previously, AMBER alerts were only received on cell phones if the user visited a website and chose to participate. That no longer applies.

 

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A package of four bills that would modify temporary revenue increases established in 2009 passed the House this week. The package is part of Governor Markell’s fiscal 2014 budget that he introduced in January.

HB 10, which passed by a 32-9 bipartisan vote, is the second leg of a constitutional amendment, with the first leg passing last year in the 146th General Assembly. The bill would nix the five-year waiting period that begins after felons have been released from prison, completed parole and paid restitution, which Rep. Keeley said takes on average three to five years after finishing their prison sentence. Felons who commit violent crimes or sex offenses still would not be eligible to vote. The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.

Grant funding is now available for local and state governments and non-profit organizations to increase Delaware’s coastal resiliency through sea level rise adaptation planning and research. The grant program, through DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs, provides funding to plan for and reduce the impacts of coastal hazards related to sea level rise, coastal storms and climate change.

This week, two volunteer firefighters were hospitalized after sustaining injuries battling a fire in Brandywine Hundred and will likely miss work due to those injuries. Under current law, emergency responders in similar situations could be discliplined or even fired for missing work.

The House passed legislation this week to outright reject the Compensation Commission’s report, which included a 6-percent raise for members of the Judiciary and raises ranging from 2.336 percent to 9 percent for selected Cabinet members. The bipartisan legislation was sponsored by more than 50 legislators from both chambers and passed the House unanimously.

Happy New Year and thank you for your interest in the Delaware House of Representatives. I would like to first thank the residents of the 14th District for electing me to my sixth term. I also am privileged that my colleagues elected me Speaker of the House for the 147th General Assembly. I have tremendous respect for the institution and I am looking forward to leading the House of Representatives for the next two years.

 

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