2018 Update—March 4th to 17th


On Sunday the 4th I attended a forum in Wilmington sponsored by the Delaware Sierra Club on Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standards. On Monday I went to Cab Calloway School of the Arts to meet a gathering of several clubs to discuss advocacy and current events (including LGBTQ issues, race relations, human trafficking, and gun violence). That evening I met with a candidate for Newark City Council, and then attended the monthly meeting of the 23rd RD Democratic Committee. On Tuesday and Thursday we had session in Dover (Wednesday’s session was snowed out). I hosted my monthly (snowy) community coffee on Wednesday, with our guest Alison McGonigal from the DSCYF (the kids department). On Thursday morning I attended a meeting on manufactured housing concerns and attended a bill signing regarding our state’s museums and their collections. On Friday I attended a tour of the new Food Bank of Delaware facility, and attended a meeting of a group working to improve awareness of potential gun violence situations in our schools.

We were back in Dover last week, too. On Monday evening Pam and I attended a viewing in Smyrna for Bill Bullock, who had worked in Legislative Hall for many years. On Tuesday before session I attended a lunch with the state’s contractors. On Wednesday before session I attended the student walkout at Newark High School and afterwards at the University of Delaware. I also met with Bayada Nurses before session. On Thursday I toured the Junior Achievement facility in Wilmington while students from Shue-Medill Middle School were on-site (quite an impressive program), attended a lunch with AFSCME and had some great discussion with members of DelDOT’s maintenance department. On Saturday I attended a meeting of the Dover chapter of the Delaware Green Party, primarily discussing HB160, the Delaware End of Life Options Act. Later Saturday afternoon I enjoyed the Delaware State Police’s Pipes and Drums performance at the Greene Turtle.

Emails—In the past two weeks I have had many emails with many parties. Since session just started up, the volume has jumped a bit.

I had an email expressing my concern over the high salary granted to the new executive director of the new Delaware Prosperity Partnership, and other emails regarding my concern over members of the Cannabis Task Force who fail to fulfill their obligations, to attend the meetings, and to support the release of their report to the legislature.

I had many emails with residents and Delmarva regarding the process of restoring power after the wind storm on March 2nd and 3rd.

There are many pieces of legislation designed to reduce gun violence, in our schools and our state. I have fielded many, many emails, from those in support and those in opposition. I am a cosponsor of almost all of these bills, and serve on the board of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. I had many emails regarding the student walkouts on March 14th (one month after the #Parkland murders).

I have had emails related to legislation I have or am authoring, including on manufactured housing and income tax policy, on insurance coverage for treatment for PANDAS, a rare autoimmune disease, direct shipment of wine, and, of course, the Delaware End of Life Options Act.

I have had emails related to others’ legislation, including HB324 on childcare center oversight, HB287 (state high school diploma requirements to students with intellectual disabilities), HB239 (process to fill a vacancy in the office of New Castle County Executive), HB60 (civil forfeiture), HB110 (Delaware Marijuana Control Act), and the High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program (not yet filed).

I have had emails with DNREC, regarding required insurance coverage for groups holding events in parkland.

I have had emails with DelDOT (and the Conservation District) regarding sinkholes, potholes, degraded shoulders, etc, and about upcoming road/signal changes (along Cleveland Avenue and Paper Mill Road).

I have had emails with the City of Newark about various issues, including snow plowing, and the naming of a new street.

At my request, the staffs of our three Delaware members of Congress were able to help push HUD to finally respond to a request that the Newark Housing Authority raised many months ago.

I had a few emails regarding my participation in a joint letter to oppose President Trump’s actions to expand oil drilling off Delaware’s coast.

I have had emails related to requests to see whether individuals who are incarcerated are eligible for reduced sentencing due to changes in consecutive/concurrent sentencing law.