The second leg of the 148th General Assembly officially convenes at 2pm today at Legislative Hall in Dover. It remains to be seen what will come out of this. My hopes and the reality will most likely be different. I sincerely hope they are able to pass legislation that will help all citizens of Delaware. While I have incessantly beat the drum on the veto override of House Bill 50, there is a lot of legislation for them to get through. The biggest of them all, the budget bill, will cast a long shadow over pretty much any legislation with a fiscal note attached to it. We will find out what our state finances look like in a couple weeks when Governor Markell presents his Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
I wish the General Assembly can get along in the next six months. I hope party politics doesn’t become the headlines. We have some great legislators in Dover with the capability of doing great things. This will be a very unique legislative session. With over 3/4 of the General Assembly up for re-election in the last year of a two term Governor who has been controversial on his best days. I have an odd feeling much of what we are about to see is pre-determined. But there will be surprises along the way as well.
I want to wish all the legislators in Delaware a welcome back and a special notes goes to newly anointed State Rep. David Bentz. We will know by the end of June what becomes of the next six months. You are all representatives of the people, by the people, and for the people.