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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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At the old Claymont Steel site in northern New Castle County, some 425 acres of land sits empty and derelict, dotted with piles of brick and the rusting remnants of the Evraz steelworks that operated there until it closed in December 2013.

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The state representative pushing a bill to allow local school boards to raise taxes without a referendum says it’s part of his plan to ensure education is properly funded into the future.

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Next week, lawmakers in Dover begin a two-week break for budget mark-up and the Memorial Day weekend.  Before leaving, they stepped up the pace a bit at Legislative Hall.

Gov. Carney’s proposal to dismantle the Delaware Economic Development Office in favor of a public-private partnership was formally unveiled. We also started to see pieces of what appears to be the budget deal Democratic and Republican leaders have been working with the estate and franchise taxes on the agenda this week.  And curtain lifted on something Gov. Carney talked about in his address to the General Assembly in March - a bill to allow more activity in areas protected by the Coastal Zone Act.

Political reporter James Dawson recaps those stories and offers additional perspective.

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After a failed attempt on Tuesday, state senators revived a bill expanding access to Delaware’s medical marijuana program for those with PTSD.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers are trying to pry open the landmark Coastal Zone Act.

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The estate tax may soon be a thing of the past in Delaware.

State senators narrowly signed off on a bill banning conversion therapy Wednesday.

Gov. John Carney (D) is ready to hand Delaware’s Economic Development Office a pink slip.

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Concerns from a special interest group and a state agency torpedoed a bill that would expand access to Delaware’s medical marijuana program.

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The latest state revenue estimate offers a bit of a break to lawmakers trying to address Delaware’s budget shortfall.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council’s May projection cuts into the deficit for the first time this year.