Rep. Kim WIlliams' July Community Update

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carvel Office Building
820 N. French Street
11th Floor 
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8476

Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4351

 

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well!

With the 148th General Assembly officially ended on June 30th, I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you several important updates regarding legislation that I sponsored that passed and was or will be signed into law. Please see below for additional information.

In addition, I am excited to share an update about our most recent press conference highlighting a series of bills signed into law that was crafted to address a host of issues that impact Delaware women and families every day. I was excited to join my colleagues to welcome activist and icon Lilly Ledbetter to Delaware, who spoke about the important steps the First State has taken to help so many Delawareans. 

Please also take notice of the various upcoming community events in our area, including the Delaware Shakespeare Festival and Family Fun Day at Carousel Park. I hope you can make one of these great events! 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about issues in the 19th District or the state. 

Sincerely

Kim Williams

 

 

Celebrating Successful Two-Year Effort for DE Women

 

Members of the General Assembly stand with Governor Jack Markell and Activist Lilly Ledbetter.

A series of bills crafted to address a host of issues that impact Delaware women and families every day in their workplaces, doctors' offices, homes and schools were signed into law last week. 

The five bills signed last Thursday are part of an effort begun last year that focused on three major areas where reform is needed for Delaware women: justice and public safety, health care and employment. The wide-ranging package represents a list of the top priorities for change and revision to state laws that impact women. Seven of these bills were signed into law in 2015. 

 

Rep. Kim Williams discussing the successful two-year effort focused on helping Delaware women and families.

Activist and icon Lilly Ledbetter joined lawmakers and Governor Jack Markell for the bill signings. Ms. Ledbetter's struggles with pay equity as a supervisor at an Alabama Goodyear plant ultimately led to Congress passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. 

House Bill 317, which I was honored to sponsor along with Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Patricia Blevins, prohibits discrimination in employment based upon an individual’s caregiving responsibilities. Workers should be judged on the merits of their performance at work, not their responsibilities at home. Five states and over 90 localities prohibit discrimination based on family responsibilities to some degree. This bill ensures Delaware workers with responsibilities for child care, elder care, or both, receive equal employment opportunities and are protected from discrimination in the workplace. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 30th, 2016. 

Click here to read more about the successful two-year campaign for Delaware women


End of Legislative Session Update

With the 148th General Assembly officially coming to a close on June 30th, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you several important updates regarding legislation that passed and was signed into law. I would also like to thank everyone who has contacted me and my office to share their thoughts about bills or concerns in our community and the state. Your input is invaluable, and I look forward to continuing my efforts and serving the 19th District on your behalf.

  • House Substitute 1 for House Bill 1 – I was honored to sponsor HS 1 for HB 1 with Sen. Karen Peterson and Rep. Valerie Longhurst, ensures that victims of sexual violence on college campuses have full knowledge of the options available to them, including criminal justice resources available in addition to the internal administrative processes led by their schools. During the past year and a half, I have had the opportunity and privilege to listen to survivors of sexual assault on our campuses. I take their stories very seriously and want to see Delaware’s colleges and universities do more to not only prevent sexual assaults on their campuses but to support and respond to victims properly when they disclose these crimes to university employees. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 30th, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 75 – The continued existence and dissemination of juvenile criminal histories hampers an individual’s ability to be a successful and productive member of society. This act modifies the discretionary expungement provisions to allow more individuals the ability to petition the Court for an expungement. These changes allow the Court to consider an expungement where the individual has demonstrated rehabilitation despite multiple youthful indiscretions. These provisions will enable a greater number of deserving youth the ability to move beyond their past and recognizes that most youths mature out of offending behavior. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 17th, 2015. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 146 – This bill establishes a $100 fee for new licenses, reducing the processing burden and allows the licensure office to better serve the needs of Delaware’s educators. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on July 27th, 2015. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 234 – This bill requires all district public high schools and vocational-technical schools to have a school-based health center. The state is required to fund start-up costs at the rate of one school per year for secondary schools that currently lack such a health center. Wellness centers are an important means of providing preventative and primary medical care to teens and overcoming obstacles to care such as lack of transportation and cost. The bill passed the Senate on July 1st, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 288 – The ‘Jake Brake’ bill increases the penalty for unlawfully using any brake or braking system that is attached to, or an integral part of the vehicle’s internal combustion engine or exhaust systems, also known as a Jake Brake, to include a moving violation. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 28th, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 292 – The bill requires schools to post the toll-free telephone report line number for child abuse and neglect in a conspicuous location, where it may be viewed by students.  Currently, the number is 1-800-292-9582. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 9th, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 307 – In 2015, the Legislature enacted the one-time fee of no more than $100 for an educator’s first license in Delaware. This Bill provides a waiver for graduates of Delaware high schools and graduates of teacher preparatory programs located in Delaware. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 9th, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 317 – This bill prohibits discrimination in employment based upon an individual’s caregiving responsibilities.   Workers should be judged on the merits of their performance at work, not their responsibilities at home. Five states and over 90 localities prohibit discrimination based on family responsibilities to some degree. This bill ensures Delaware workers with responsibilities for child care, elder care, or both, receive equal employment opportunities and are protected from discrimination in the workplace. The bill was signed into law by Governor Markell on June 30th, 2016. Click here to view the legislation.
  • House Bill 435 – HB 435, which I’ve worked on for over a year and a half, seeks to strengthen certain aspects of Title 14 of the Delaware Code with respect to charter school audits and seeks to improve the relevant sections of the Title for consistency and cross-reference of terms. The Act allows charter schools to contract for an audit unless the State Auditor has to perform the audit due to any of the specified circumstances. Additionally, new charter schools will also have to go through the process with the State Auditor's office. The bill passed the Senate on July 1st, 2016. Click here to view the legislation

Upcoming Community Events

New Castle County hosts various special events in the community for people of all ages and backgrounds to interact as a community to enjoy one of the County’s parks. The events serve to build trust and a sense of belonging to the community and thus improve an individual's quality of life. Click here for more information.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival – July 15th – 31st. Mark your calendars for this year’s Delaware Shakespeare Festival under the stars on the lush grounds of Rockwood Park. Click here for more information

Family Fun Day at Carousel Park – August 13th. Enjoy fun, fishing, games, and food from noon to 5 p.m. Click here for more information

Wag-n-Walk & 5k Run – The 8th Annual Wag-n-Walk & 5K Run will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, at Delcastle Recreation Park. The event will feature entertainment, food, vendors, doggie games, and contests. Click here for more information

Disney Summer Spectacular – July 29th – July 30th. Mark your calendars for Disney films, shows, and Disney Parks. Click here for more information.