Rep. Williams' April Newsletter

 

 

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

 

 

Last week I joined Rep. Valerie Longhurst in bringing forth a resolution to designate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Delaware.

We were so pleased to be joined by representatives and advocates from several organizations across the state dedicated to aiding victims of intimate crimes, including the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware, ContactLifeline, the Sexual Offense Support program at University of Delaware and the Sexual Assault Response Advocates at Delaware State University.

 

Legislative Update

I have introduced several bills in Dover so far this year, here is a short description of each measure and a note about its status in the General Assembly.

House Bill 28 - Absent an agreement with the school district, charter schools are currently able to retain any funding received for the fiscal year for a student who transfers mid-year from the charter school to a school district. This bill mandates that, if a student transfers from a charter school to a school district after September 30th, such funds will be prorated between the charter school and the school district where the student is then enrolled. 
Status: Assigned to House Education Committee

House Bill 30 - This bill provides State funding to kindergarten through third grade for basic special education. State funding already occurs for intensive and complex special education during these grades. Currently the basic special education funding runs from fourth through twelfth grade. This bill is an effort to promote earlier identification and assistance for basic special education needs which should then mitigate costs over the long term.
Status: Released from House Education Committee, pending before House Appropriations Committee

House Bill 53Currently, all school districts, including vocational schools, are subject to the Auditor of Accounts. Edits to the November 2010 Charter School Manual removed instructions for charter schools to go through Auditor of Accounts when contracting for audits. There is presently no legislative authority to require charter schools to submit to the Auditor of Accounts processes. This bill adds charter schools to the list of entities for audits through the Auditor of Accounts. The bill takes effect so that the Auditor of Accounts shall conduct audits for the time periods starting on or after July 1, 2015.
Status: Released from House Education Committee, awaiting action on House floor

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. Juvenile criminal histories are a hindrance to employment, education, housing and credit. 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 youth mature out of offending behavior.
Status: Assigned to House Judiciary Committee

Safety on college campuses, sexual assault reporting - Mimicking rules enacted in the wake of the Earl Bradley cases, this bill would require universities to follow mandatory reporting procedures for sexual assaults to law enforcement. Sexual assaults disclosed to university employees in positions of trust are currently required to be reported to a Title IX coordinator. This bill would expand that existing reporting requirement to include the Department of Justice and appropriate police agencies. The bill would improve data disclosure and monitoring by requiring the Department of Justice to provide annual sexual assault statistics. Universities would be required to train their staff on their mandatory reporting responsibilities. Sexual assault victim advocates, professional counselors and clergy are exempted from law enforcement reporting requirements.
Status: Announced and being prepared for filing


St. John the Beloved Donations Needed

The St. Benedict Outreach Program at St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Road, provides food and clothing to more than 100 needy families each week. Food, clothing, and monetary donations are supplied by generous individual parish members, organizations, church ministries, and a variety of retailers.

Food may be placed in the bin in the church vestibule or outside the Outreach Office in the rear of the church hall.

To serve our families each week, we need the following items: cereal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, tuna fish, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, rice, beans, canned vegetables, soup, juice, coffee, tea, toiletries, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toilet paper, baby food and  diapers (all sizes).  

If you are unable to bring groceries to the Church, please consider a monetary gift to the Food Closet, so that we can replenish the shelves as needed.  


Upcoming DSWA Shredding/Recycling Days

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority hosts special events throughout the year in all parts of the state, including special household document shredding events and hazardous waste collection days.

Click here for a full schedule of DSWA events in the coming months.


Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site closed Mondays and Tuesdays 

In order to reduce operating costs and discourage non-residential use of DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site off of Polly Drummond Hill Road, the site will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays, effective April 6. Increased site use and misuse have raised operational costs of the site. Out-of-state residents and commercial businesses are not eligible to drop off materials at the DNREC yard waste site.

The Polly Drummond Hill Road Site’s regular hours will be 8 a.m.-sunset, opening on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; with the site closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Residents wishing to recycle their yard waste on days when the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site is closed may be interested in one of the options listed below. These private businesses offer yard waste drop-off and may charge a fee for services. For more information, please contact each business directly.

South Chapel Yard Waste Site (closest no-cost option for Delaware residents)
1034 S. Chapel St. (Route 72), Newark, DE 19702
302-737-1000
This site is operated by Holland Mulch

Copeland’s Mulch Depot
2 Honeysuckle Drive (Routes 4 & 7); Stanton, DE 19804 
302-633-9536; www.copelandsmulchdepot.com

DSWA Cherry Island Landfill 
12th Street and Hay Road; Wilmington, DE 19809
1-800-404-7080; www.dswa.com

Holland Mulch
135 Hay Road; Edgemoor, DE 19809 
302-765-3100; www.hollandmulch.com

Robert Gallo Mulch & Tree Service, Inc.   
2204 Rodman Road; Wilmington, DE 19805 
302-325-2257; 800-BY-MULCH;
www.1800bymulch.com

You may also manage yard waste on your own property or arrange for a collection service.  Information on these options and more can be found online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste, or by calling 302-739-9403, ext. #1.


4 Miles of Hope

Elizabeth Quesenberry, 17, of the 19th District, was named Delaware's top youth volunteer of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Elizabeth, a senior at Padua Academy High School, overcame a diagnosis of brain cancer to start a non-profit organization that has raised $200,000 over the past 6 years to increase awareness of childhood cancer, help fund the search for a cure, and ease the financial pressure on families of young cancer patients.

Her organization, the Pearce Q. Foundation, conducts several fundraisers throughout the year, one of which is the 4 Miles of Hope Walk/Run, which will take place on April 18.

When: Saturday April 18 - Registration opens 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m.

Where: Ebenezer Church - Pike Creek - Newark