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The Delaware House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.

The measure was approved by a 34-5 vote.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that House Majority leader Valerie Longhurst teared up after the vote saying that she had pondered the impact this amendment would have on young girls in the state.

The News Journal reports that the bill would only apply to government agencies and policies not private industry.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic House and Senate leaders have told the legislature's budget-writing committee to halt its work amid concerns about spending cuts the panel has approved.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate president David McBride instructed the Democratic co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday to cancel a Thursday work session to allow legislative leaders from both parties to continue discussions on raising additional revenue to balance the upcoming budget.

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A top Delaware lawmaker is pushing a measure that would tighten regulations on troubled teachers.

The measure would require the Department of Education to say why a teacher lost their license not just who.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the legislation notes that from September of 2012 to September 2014 there were 105 allegations of misconduct by educators.

There were 12 times when the license was revoked and 10 when they were suspended.

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With the announcement that Vice President Joe Biden will not make a bid for the White House there was some sadness in Delaware – a state he represented for decades as Senator.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that he respects Biden’s decision, who he had previously said he would back against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

The governor praised the Vice President for his dedication to the middle class and his leadership in promoting U.S. interests around the world.

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The repeal of Delaware’s death penalty inched forward this week with a Senate committee approving the legislation that excludes the 15 inmates currently on death row.

Senator Karen Peterson is cosponsor of the measure.

And, the Stanton Democrat along with other supporters of repeal says that capital punishment is not only costly but has been applied in a morally discriminatory fashion.

This is not the first time that repeal has headed to the full Senate for approval.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth has retained his leadership post among majority Democrats in the chamber, with a slightly smaller caucus to oversee.

In a closed-door meeting Monday night, House Democrats also voted to keep Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Majority Whip John Viola in their posts.

Schwartzkopf, who must still be confirmed as speaker by a simple majority vote by the entire House, says the most important tasks for lawmakers is growing the middle class by creating jobs.

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers was sharply criticized yesterday afternoon by House leadership for his troubled relationship with Delaware’s Cash Management Policy Board.  

The criticism came before a committee cleared a bill that limits his ability to manage a $2 billion taxpayer portfolio.

Flowers has been in conflict with the board management of the state’s cash portfolio.

And board members appointed by Governor Jack Markell asked that the General Assembly settle the dispute.