Next Tuesday, January 15th, Delaware Governor John Carney and Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting will hold a press conference at Legislative Hall to announce a weighted funding system for Delaware students. Luckily, this blogger got the details of it this evening. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Continue reading
According to Delaware Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, the party is over on July 1st! For security and safety reasons, Legislative Hall will shut down at 1am on July 1st. If the legislators need to finish business they will be called back at 4pm later on the same day.
This was my favorite day/night of the year! According to McBride, driving can be a challenge after pulling off the infamous General Assembly all-nighter. For McBride, who would be driving
south north this should be going against beach traffic.
Yes, this was the big announcement from Senator McBride today. This launched a group of us on social media wondering if he was going to retire. Nope, just putting a halt on the all-nighters!
Typically, the last day of session is on June 30th. But because they don’t go back until late in the afternoon, the marathon session extends into July 1st. And they leave when they are done. If they don’t pass the budget (like what happened in 2017), they may stay all night and come back on a Sunday! But no more according to McBride. Meanwhile, ice cream vendors are crying foul.
Sources around Legislative Hall are speaking loudly about a very unusual committee assignment in the Delaware Senate. It appears to be a sure thing that a rookie Delaware State Senator will get a spot on the Joint Finance Committee.
While some think this is a most excellent idea others are fuming. While I won’t name the Senator just yet, I can say they are a Democrat. With a spot on JFC, this also gives a Senator or State Representative more money. Almost $10,000 extra a year. While the average salary for a State Rep. or Senator is around $45,000 a year, that is a big percentage more to be on JFC. But I will say the bump is necessary because they do spend most of February and other weeks in hearings to help determine the final state budget for the next fiscal year.
A spot on JFC is something many legislators covet. While the salary bump is nice, many legislators do not rely on their General Assembly salary as their primary income. It is, however, a very powerful position. This is where all the financial decisions for the entire state budget are made. A voice on this committee is huge! Most members of JFC earn it over the years so for a seat to be given to a rookie is extremely rare.
At the end of the Christina School District Board of Education meeting last week, State Representative Paul Baumbach spoke before the board. He thanked the board and the district for the changes they implemented in the past year and “strongly encouraged” them to keep doing it. There was a specific reason Baumbach did this. He admitted the General Assembly doesn’t help. Continue reading
As the News Journal reported the other day, the Delaware House and Senate met tonight to choose the leadership for each caucus. This was met with scrutiny by some because this is normally done a week after the election. But both parties want to get the ball rolling early for the 150th General Assembly. Who is in? Continue reading
In January, 2019, Delaware will embark on the 150th session of the General Assembly. Yesterday’s election changed the face of our legislative body in a big way! Who runs Delaware for the next two years? Who makes the laws? All can be seen below. If you don’t recognize some of the names, do some research. If you want changes in our laws, seek out your State Representative or State Senator. If you are having issues that aren’t being taken care of, call your elected officials. Whether you agree with the party or not, your elected officials are there to represent YOU, not themselves. If they don’t help, call them out for it. Continue reading
State Representative Earl Jaques has some mighty bold plans in the 150th General Assembly. The biggest and most controversial will be a bill that would have the state takeover the Christina School District. It is in the works and he is looking for sponsors. Continue reading
Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting informed the State Board of Education yesterday she had lunch with State Senator David Sokola and State Rep. Earl Jaques. As heads of the Senate and House Education Committee, Bunting said it was to discuss upcoming legislation. Could this lead to state takeover of school districts in Delaware? Continue reading