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11:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Leads Israeli Trade Trip

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is leading a delegation to Israel with hopes of boosting Delaware's economic ties with the country.

Markell's office said Wednesday that the weeklong trip starts Friday and is aimed at generating interest in incorporating and doing business in Delaware.

Officials say most high-tech Israeli companies incorporated outside Israel are registered in Delaware, and that foreign-owned companies are the fastest growing part of Delaware's franchise tax revenue.

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9:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Public Input for Delaware's On-Line Gambling Rules

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have published new regulations for administering Internet gambling in Delaware.

The regulations were posted this week by the state lottery office, which will accept public comment through the end of the month.

Delaware is one of three states to approve online gambling, along with Nevada and New Jersey.

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9:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill

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Good Samaritan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

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8:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill to Tighen Regulations on Abortion Clinics

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers unanimously have approved a bill authorizing tighter regulations on abortion clinics in Delaware following recent problems at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington. 

The bill was approved by the House early Monday with no debate, following Senate passage last week.

The measure allows abortion clinic employees, not just patients, to file complaints for investigations by the Department of Health and Social Services. 

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8:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Delaware Senate Approves $3.7 Billion Operating Budget, Casinos Get $8 million Bailout

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 Operating Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a $3.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday.

Senators voted 17-4 Thursday for the spending plan, which now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature. House members voted 40-to-1 Tuesday to approve the budget.

All five dissenting votes in the House and Senate came from Republican lawmakers, who expressed concerns about continued growth in the state budget.

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8:26 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Markell To Eliminate Outdated Regulations

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials plan to eliminate more than 60 state regulations and revise more than 80 others after a yearlong review aimed at ensuring that state government is not imposing unnecessary burdens on businesses and residents.

Gov. Jack Markell signed an executive order last June requiring executive branch agencies to solicit and review public input on regulations that are at least three years old to determine whether they should be revised or eliminated.

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9:20 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Delaware Wrapping Up State Budgets

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware legislative budget writers have approved $44.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

The spending plan approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday is $1.7 million higher than the $43 million recommended by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

The grants bill is the third and smallest budget bill that lawmakers pass each year, along with the operating budget and a capital budget for roads and construction projects.

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9:10 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Government Regulation on Delaware Businesses Reviewed

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is ready to report on a yearlong review he ordered of state agency regulations to ensure that the state government is not imposing unnecessary burdens on businesses and residents.

Markell signed an executive order last June requiring executive branch agencies to solicit and review public input on regulations that are at least three years old to determine whether they should be revised or eliminated.

Each executive agency was required to hold at least one public forum in each county and accept written comments and suggestions.

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9:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Budget Bills Work Their Way Through Delaware Legislature

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Grant In-Aid Bill

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are beginning work on a bill to provide millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

Gov. Jack Markell has proposed $43 million in grants to nonprofit groups and community agencies for the fiscal year starting Monday.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee was to meet Wednesday to begin marking up Markell's proposal.

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9:07 am
Mon June 24, 2013

$3.3 Million for Mental Health Workers in Delaware Schools

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Governor Jack Markell set aside $3.3 million to increase the number of full-time middle school mental health workers to 30.

During his “State of the State” address the Delaware Democrat Markell noted that there were 12 Delaware students who had committed suicide last year.

And, he said, the schools clearly need help in coping with the problems facing these young people.

The administration hopes to put one consultant in each school district.

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10:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

$8 Million Bailout for Delaware Casinos

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed to give $8 million to Delaware's casinos as it wraps up work on a capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1

The committee voted unanimously Thursday for a capital spending plan that is tens of millions of dollars higher than the $423 million plan proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

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9:03 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Delaware Governor Asks for Additional Education Funding

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Governor Jack Markell wants $31 million in new funding for Delaware’s public schools.

The largest part of the growth comes from $8.8 million to fully fund the increasing size of enrollment at the schools and another $8.5 million for step increases for school employees…that are given to teachers as they gain experience and education.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state is required to fully fund both programs.

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8:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Last Revenue Projections Before Delaware Budget Finalized

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating its revenue estimates for the final time before lawmakers pass a new state budget.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday. The legislature's capital budget committee also meets Monday to begin work on a spending plan for roads and other construction projects.

Last month, the DEFAC panel boosted revenue estimates by about $20 million, giving lawmakers more money to add to the proposed operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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10:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Mike Castle Joins Trustees for Delaware State University

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former governor and congressman Mike Castle is joining the Delaware State University board of trustees.

Gov. Jack Markell appointed Castle to the board on Thursday.

Castle will serve a six-year term on the board. He succeeds Dr. Calvin Wilson, whose term expired last August.

During 40 years in public office, Castle served a number of elected positions. He served two terms as governor and nine as congressman.

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9:04 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Delaware Governor Signs Last of Gun Control Laws

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a gun control measure yesterday that would require reporting of a lost and stolen firearm within seven days of the owner discovering a weapon is missing.

The measure is aimed at eliminating “straw purchases” which involves individuals buying guns to be illegally given to those who cannot obtain one.

Markell says that this legislation is probably the last gun control law for now.

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8:56 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Resist Proposed Gas Tax Hike

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - With only two weeks left in this year's legislative session, Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware lawmakers are mulling proposals for tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and fees.

The revenue measures being considered include raising Delaware's gas tax by a nickel and hiking motor vehicle documentation, titling and registration fees.

Lawmakers also are eyeing proposals to raise weekend tolls on Route 1 and expand the public accommodation tax on hotel and motel rooms to include short-term beach rentals.

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9:45 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Delaware Senate Approves Slots Bill for Charities

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WSCL) - The state Senate has approved a bill allowing veterans groups and fraternal organizations to operate slot machines.

The Senate voted 15-to-2 for the bill Tuesday after adding an amendment expanding the authorized gambling to include local fraternal societies not affiliated with national groups like the Elks or Moose.

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8:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Del. Budget Committee Finishes $3.7 Billion Spending Plan

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget writing committee have wrapped up their work on a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The $3.7 billion operating budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday represents a 3.6 percent increase over the current year's budget and is about $6 million higher than the budget proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

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9:10 am
Thu May 23, 2013

No Pay Hike for Delaware State Employees

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No Pay Hike

Delaware state employees shouldn’t expect a general pay raise this year.

That’s the word from Governor Jack Markell and the legislature’s budget writers yesterday as the First State heads into the new fiscal year July 1st.

Joint Finance Committee Chair Representative Melanie George Smith added that it was something she hoped would be addressed next year.

Meanwhile, Markell said that other priorities outrank a pay hike . with a discouraging budget projection for 2015.

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9:20 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Delaware Looks Ahead to Aging Population

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Governor Jack Markell told a Delaware panel on aging that the First State is facing a silver tsunami when it comes to health care for senior citizens.

The Governor’s remarks came during a meeting of the Imagine Delaware Panel on aging yesterday sponsored by PNC Bank and the Wilmington News Journal.

Markell said that the existing system is not sustainable.

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9:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

GE Aviation To Add 70 Jobs in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining officials with GE Aviation to tout the addition of about 70 jobs at the company's Newark plant.

GE Aviation says it plans to add 70 jobs at the Newark site.

Markell is scheduled to join officials Tuesday in announcing a $27 million investment to support increased production of ceramic matrix composites, lightweight materials that can withstand high temperatures.

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8:57 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Delaware Revenue Forecasts Updated Today

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating its revenue forecast.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council will meet Monday to update its revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

Members of the legislature's budget writing committee will use those update figures as they begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Joint Finance Committee begins its mark-up process on Tuesday.

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8:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Delaware Budget Writer Start in Earnest

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House and Senate are taking a break while legislative budget writers start nailing down a spending plan for next year.

The Joint Finance Committee meets Tuesday to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed a $3.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The mark-up process will continue for the next three weeks, and the House and Senate will reconvene June 4.

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8:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Employing Those With Disabilities

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell went to Pennsylvania on Thursday to promote his initiative as chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for the disabled.

Markell joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in Pittsburgh in co-hosting the event Thursday at the Pittsburgh Institute on Employing People with Disabilities.

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9:23 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Delaware Becomes 11th State to Allow Same Sex Marriage

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Delaware say they're looking forward to July 1, when Delaware officially becomes the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Advocates on Tuesday cheered Democratic Gov. Jack Markell as he signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate.

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9:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Bill Before Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee has sent a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure cleared the Senate executive committee Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

The bill narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote in the Senate.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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9:47 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Same Day Voter Registration Bill Introduced in Delaware

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It could become even easier to cast your ballot in Delaware.

Legislation was introduced yesterday that would allow for same day registration for special and general elections as well as primaries. 

Governor Jack Markell said that research shows there is no more effective way to increase voter participation.

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said that there has been online voter registration since 2004 but noted that it has always been a problem for voters to print, sign and mail out the form.

But Republicans urged caution.

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11:06 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Seeks Legislative Help for Rehab Centers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is turning to the legislature after being thwarted by Delaware's Supreme Court in his effort to get a rehabilitation hospital built in Middletown.

The court last year ruled in favor of a Middletown nursing home operator that challenged a state board's approval of HealthSouth's application to build a similar facility in Middletown.

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9:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Fisker Loans Get Hammered by GOP in Washington

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In Washington Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee blasted Fisker Automotive and the US Energy Department yesterday for nearly $200-million in loans to the ailing car company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports sayst that money went to not only development the gas-electric hybrid model called the Karma but also to buy the Boxwood plant in Delaware.

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9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Passes Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has narrowly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The House voted 23-to-18 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, where it was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

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