March 26, 2020 •

Delaware Governor Postpones Upcoming Elections

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On Tuesday March 24, Gov. John Carney announced a sixth modification to his state of emergency declaration due to COVID-19. The order postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from April 28 to June 2, and any elections for school board members […]

On Tuesday March 24, Gov. John Carney announced a sixth modification to his state of emergency declaration due to COVID-19.

The order postpones Delaware’s presidential preference primary from April 28 to June 2, and any elections for school board members scheduled for May 12 to June 16.

Additionally, local elections to be conducted before May 15 are to be rescheduled by the municipality.

Under the order, the terms of existing officeholders continue until the results for any rescheduled elections are certified.

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March 20, 2020 •

Delaware General Assembly Postpones Session Until Further Notice

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The Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session indefinitely. Lawmakers originally postponed the session until March 24, but have extended the delay after reevaluating the COVID-19 situation. The General Assembly is determining how to pass emergency legislation regarding the […]

The Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session indefinitely.

Lawmakers originally postponed the session until March 24, but have extended the delay after reevaluating the COVID-19 situation.

The General Assembly is determining how to pass emergency legislation regarding the coronavirus and pass the state budget.

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March 13, 2020 •

Delaware Lawmakers Postpone Legislative Session

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Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24. Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget. Starting today, the Capitol building will be […]

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24.

Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget.

Starting today, the Capitol building will be closed to the public including tours and official meetings.

Legislators will reevaluate how to manage the rest of the legislative session on a weekly basis.

The closure does not affect any lobbyist reporting.

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July 1, 2019 •

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns Spring Session

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The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1. Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless […]

The 150th General Assembly adjourned for spring just after 1 a.m. on July 1.

Traditionally, the General Assembly remains until midnight strikes on July 1 because the constitution restricts lawmakers from entering into a special session after June 30 unless the session is recalled by the governor or the mutual call of both Houses.

Ending the session in the early hours of July 1 gives legislators the opportunity to go back into session before the regularly scheduled gathering in January without being summoned by the governor.

Legislation not passed by July 1 can be picked up in the next six months or when lawmakers return to the capitol on January 14, 2020.

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July 2, 2018 •

Delaware Legislature Adjourns Sine Die after All-Night Fight

An unanticipated, overnight fight over a minimum wage hike prolonged the adjournment of Delaware’s Legislature until after 8 a.m. Sunday. The $816.3 million bond bill passed along mostly party lines after a compromise had been reached that will allow workers […]

An unanticipated, overnight fight over a minimum wage hike prolonged the adjournment of Delaware’s Legislature until after 8 a.m. Sunday.

The $816.3 million bond bill passed along mostly party lines after a compromise had been reached that will allow workers under age 18 to be paid up to 50 cents below the minimum wage.

Other notable bills that passed include a $16.8 million tax decrease for casinos and $500 bonuses for current state employees and pensioners.

The next two-year session will convene in January.

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July 5, 2017 •

Delaware Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Despite working into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Delaware Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on July 1, 2017, without passing a 2018 budget. In order to address the Legislature’s failure, Gov. John Carney called a special session […]

Despite working into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Delaware Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session on July 1, 2017, without passing a 2018 budget.

In order to address the Legislature’s failure, Gov. John Carney called a special session for July 2, 2017.

The special session adjourned on July 2, 2017, and Carney signed a $4.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

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January 25, 2017 •

Special Election for Delaware Senate District 10

A state Senate special election for the 10th District seat will be held on February 25, 2017. Democrat Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat on January 17, 2017, in order to be sworn in as lieutenant governor. The outcome of the […]

BethanyHallLongA state Senate special election for the 10th District seat will be held on February 25, 2017.

Democrat Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat on January 17, 2017, in order to be sworn in as lieutenant governor.

The outcome of the special election will determine the controlling party in the Senate. Democrat Stephanie Hansen and Republican John Marino are both vying for the seat.

Photo of Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long from the Delaware General Assembly website.

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November 9, 2016 •

Carney is Delaware’s Governor-Elect

Democrat John Carney, Jr. defeated Republican Colin Bonini to become the new governor of Delaware. Carney has served as Delaware’s lone U.S. representative since 2011. Before Carney’s terms in Congress, he served two terms as Delaware’s lieutenant governor. Photo of […]

711px-john_c-_carney_jr-_official_portrait_112th_congressDemocrat John Carney, Jr. defeated Republican Colin Bonini to become the new governor of Delaware. Carney has served as Delaware’s lone U.S. representative since 2011.

Before Carney’s terms in Congress, he served two terms as Delaware’s lieutenant governor.

Photo of John Carney, Jr. courtesy of United States Congress on Wikimedia Commons.

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July 5, 2016 •

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns

For the second year in a row, the General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the final day of the regular session, and entered into a special session through the early hours of July 1, 2016. Gov. Jack Markell signed the […]

Flag_of_Delaware.svgFor the second year in a row, the General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the final day of the regular session, and entered into a special session through the early hours of July 1, 2016.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the budget bill at 5:15 a.m. Friday, marking the end of the state’s legislative proceedings for the year.

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June 29, 2016 •

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to Delaware Elections Law

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Elections Disclosure Act. The lower court ruled requiring third-party groups and individuals to disclose their donors if they publish advertisements or other communications referring to a candidate in an […]

US Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Elections Disclosure Act. The lower court ruled requiring third-party groups and individuals to disclose their donors if they publish advertisements or other communications referring to a candidate in an upcoming election is constitutional. The law furthers the purpose of the 2012 ethics overhaul by closing loopholes allowing anonymous campaign-related advertising.

Photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building by UpstateNYer on Wikimedia Commons.

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May 20, 2016 •

Delaware Hit with Wave of Lobbyist and Donor Bills

On May 17, three separate bills regarding lobbyists and political donors were introduced in the General Assembly. If all three bills pass, political committees would be required to report a contributor’s occupation and employment information (Senate Bill 224), lobbyists would […]

Flag of DelawareOn May 17, three separate bills regarding lobbyists and political donors were introduced in the General Assembly.

If all three bills pass, political committees would be required to report a contributor’s occupation and employment information (Senate Bill 224), lobbyists would be required to disclose the source and amount of received payments (Senate Bill 225), and lobbyists would be required to pay a registration fee or face certain penalties (House Bill 385).

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August 21, 2015 •

Delaware Special Election Scheduled for September

The special election to fill the House District 18 seat has been set for September 12, 2015. Rep. Mike Barbieri vacated the seat to take a job leading the state’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. In a written […]

Flag_of_Delaware.svgThe special election to fill the House District 18 seat has been set for September 12, 2015.

Rep. Mike Barbieri vacated the seat to take a job leading the state’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

In a written statement, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said the date was chosen to give candidates time to reach out to voters in the district and, by scheduling the election on a Saturday, to make voting “as convenient as possible.”

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July 24, 2015 •

Delaware Special Election Expected to Fill 18th District House Seat

State Rep. Mike Barbieri is resigning from the Delaware House of Representatives effective August 3, 2015. He will become the new director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the state Department of Health and Social Services. […]

Flag_of_Delaware.svgState Rep. Mike Barbieri is resigning from the Delaware House of Representatives effective August 3, 2015. He will become the new director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the state Department of Health and Social Services.

A special election to fill his18th District seat must be held 30 to 45 days from the date of vacancy; however, a date has not yet been set. Barbieri’s legislative aide, David Bentz, has already announced his candidacy for the pending election.

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July 20, 2015 •

US Court of Appeals Reverses Delaware Campaign Finance Decision

The United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court ruling granting a preliminary injunction against a Delaware campaign finance law requiring sponsors of third-party advertisements to disclose the identities of their donors. Specifically, Section 8031 of the […]

3rd Circuit Court of Appeals SealThe United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court ruling granting a preliminary injunction against a Delaware campaign finance law requiring sponsors of third-party advertisements to disclose the identities of their donors.

Specifically, Section 8031 of the Delaware Election Disclosures Act, which became effective January 1, 2012, requires any person who makes an expenditure for a third-party advertisement exceeding $500 during an election period to file a report with the Elections Commission, including the names and addresses of each person who has made contributions to the sponsor of the third-party advertisements exceeding $100.

The Third Circuit ruled the lower court abused its discretion in granting the injunction. The Delaware Department of Elections may now enforce section 8031.

Seal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Djwalsh3 on Wikimedia Commons.

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