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Legislative Update

Daily during Morning Edition & All Things Considered (during General Assembly session)

Delaware Public Media Political Reporter James Dawson covers the state's General Assembly each and every day lawmakers are in session.  You can hear his in-depth reports on what's happening at Legislative Hall during both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

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Delawareans unable to make it to the polls on Election Day could see some relief under a new bill.

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A bill to revive Delaware's death penalty will return this week backed by a bipartisan group of legislators with ties to law enforcement.

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Gov. John Carney unveiled his first budget – a $4.1 billion spending plan for 2018 that evenly splits tax hikes and cuts to try to fill in a projected $386 million revenue shortfall.

Carney says “shared sacrifice” was one of his primary guiding principles, making the drafting of the plan “an exercise in making very tough decisions.”

Political reporter James Dawson covered the budget roll-out and the initial reaction and joins us to sort out the winners and losers, as well as what’s next .

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Gov. John Carney’s (D) first operating budget proposal trims spending on education and handouts to seniors while upping taxes on big corporations and workers’ paychecks.

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Delaware’s State Board of Education will stick around – at least for now.

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Lawmakers were back in Dover this week, restarting the session after a break for budget hearings.  And after a quiet start in January, things are starting to pick up.  A cabinet nominee was pulled out of limbo and some bills were  introduced.

But perhaps the most notable news this week was the latest moves made in the wake of the February prison hostage stand-off at Vaughn Correctional Facility that left one correctional officer dead.

Our political reporter James Dawson has been tracking it all and offers his perspective .

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The highly-anticipated special election for the State Senate’s 10th District seat is over.

Democrat Stephanie Hansen won last Saturday, scoring a resounding victory over Republican John Marino and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer.  Hansen drew 58 percent support, beating Marino by over 2,200 votes. And turnout was 35 percent – unheard of in a special election.

Hansen’s win in a race that drew national attention and over a million dollars in fundraising allows Democrats to maintain their nearly 4 decades hold on the state Senate with an 11-10 margin.  And Democrats nationally are hailing Hansen’s decisive win as the first salvo in their battle against President Trump’s agenda and Republicans hold in the White House and Congress.

Delaware Public Media political report James Dawson tracked this race from start to finish and his joins us this week to break down what it means.

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Even popular education programs may not be safe from budget cuts as state lawmakers seek to send more cash to high-poverty schools.

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Legislators on the Joint Finance Committee got a more detailed look at Delaware’s projected $350 million budget problem Tuesday.