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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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The number of kids enrolled in special education programs at Delaware’s public schools continues to grow, adding tens of millions of dollars worth of budgetary pressure on state lawmakers.

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For a third straight General Assembly, House Democratic leadership will remain the same.

Anyone who thought election season in Delaware was over was sorely mistaken.

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State lawmakers are sending a warning to payday lenders in Delaware by capping the amount of interest companies can charge in a year.

The bipartisan bill from Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) would limit that annual percentage rate to 100 percent of the amount borrowed.

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In the waning hours of the 148th General Assembly, state lawmakers punted on making meaningful education reforms for Wilmington students until at least next year.

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Delaware lawmakers worked into the wee hours Friday morning before gaveling out for the year just before 5 am on the final day-plus of the 148th General Assembly.

In the final week, budget concerns faded.  Lawmakers actually added to the Grant-in-Aid bill rather than cutting it as threatened.  The operating budget came in $29 million under what Gov. Jack Markell proposed in January, but delivered a one and half percent pay raise to most state employees that will come later this year.  The operating budget did face some opposition, but the most vocal of it came from some House Democrats upset over the lack of money being set aside for a plan to redistrict Wilmington school and boost spending for low-income students.

Delaware Public Media political reporter James Dawson stopped by The Green after all was said and done to take a deeper look at what transpired this year at Legislative Hall and peek ahead to next year when the General Assembly returns following November’s election.


As a protest against the General Assembly’s failure to pass meaningful reforms for Wilmington school children, some House backers of a city schools redistricting plan voted against the $4.1 billion operating budget Wednesday.

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As the national debate over gun laws heats up – Delaware’s General Assembly passed a gun control measure this week.  But questions linger about the fate of Wilmington redistricting and portions of the state budget.  And a candidate for governor dips his toe into the debate over marijuana.

Delaware Public Media political reporter James Dawson was at Leg Hall all week covering these stories and more.  And he’s back to chat as we enter the final week of session

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Efforts to redistrict Wilmington schools overcame a significant hurdle Wednesday as House lawmakers signed off on a resolution and bill allowing progress to continue.

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The future is uncertain for a bill that would outlaw firearm dealers from selling a gun to anyone on a federal terrorist watch list.