What’s going on in the Delaware legislature? Those guys love to make laws, let’s check up on what they’re up to. The 2/8/16Edition

Buying back guns, they’re at it again. Get free money in your paycheck and time to get rid of the trash.  Already state animal control a mess! Join us for these tidbits and more.

The Gun Buy Back Proposal

Once again the Democrat Senators think buying back guns a cool thing and that all criminals will line up for miles to get a few bucks for their treasured weapons.

Below the narrative, from another email to me (people, when you send me emails this gives me permission to use your verbiage. You can elaborate on how you’d like to be credited in the email).

I couldn’t say it better myself.

Delaware: SB 19 – Another Cynical Buy-Back Boondoggle On Senate Agenda for Jan 27, 2016


dellegis2.8.16gunsforbuybacksfJust when you thought you had seen it all, along comes Senator Marshall’s latest cynical attempt to use your hard-earned tax dollars to “buy” votes from Wilmington’s anti-gun elites in his bid to become Wilmington’s next mayor – SB 19 – another warm & fuzzy “buy-back” program that’s even less logical than the one before.

SB 19 would spend money the State doesn’t have on a project that has been a proven failure every time and everywhere it has been tried – even the police and Wilmington’s anti-gunners know that so-called “buy-backs” don’t work… but, here we go again.

Let’s face it, Wilmington’s violent “gang bangers”, drug enforcers, hugger muggers and armed robbers aren’t about to sell their stolen guns to the cops for a measly few bucks…. That’s just not going to happen – and everyone knows it…….including Senator Marshall.

Here’s what SB 19 does:

It allows the State to permit law enforcement officers to use your tax dollars to buy guns that have absolutely NO relationship to any crime, have NO evidentiary value in court and that pose NO danger to anyone with state-wide tax money that could and should be used for real crime fighting in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Georgetown and elsewhere.

Under the current law, the police are allowed to recover their investment and save the taxpayer’s money by selling/auctioning such guns to Federally licensed dealers (assuming they are not junk to begin with) – but SB 19 would ban that practice and bars law enforcement agencies from recovering the value of their investment – in other words, it’s just another in a long line of politically motivated, government sponsored financial boondoggles – at taxpayer expense.

SB 19 amends the current law which was to be a “pilot program” and which was such a huge failure, and was over budget by 150% ($250,000) and makes it a permanent program… where’s the money coming from? Why are we wasting more money on another proven failure?

And to make things even worse, SB 19 retains the provision under the “pilot program” which gives total immunity from prosecution to anyone selling a gun to the police under this program…. Which means that Wilmington’s violent “gang-bangers” can use a stolen gun to commit a murder and then sell it to the police for a profit with total anonymity and without fear of a “gun prosecution” – will the insanity never cease?

The only plausible explanation for SB 19 is Senator Marshall’s desire o convince the people of the City of Wilmington that he is actually “doing something” about the violent conditions in “Murder City” so that he can be their next mayor – cynical, but true.

Update: SB 19: Assigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate on 1/29/16

HB-233/SB132 Suspension versus Non-Renewal of Driver’s Licenses

These two bills are attempts to implement what is specifically referred to as NONRENEWAL of driver’s licenses for certain offenses.

House Bill 233

Primary Sponsor(s): J. Johnson Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Peterson

Introduced On: 01/07/2016


Synopsis of Original Bill:
(without Amendments) This bill amends SB 132 of the 148th General Assembly by extending the effective date from January 30, 2016 to April 1, 2016 to allow for additional time to properly implement the changes to Delaware law and educate the public and law enforcement.

Current Status: Senate Passed On 01/28/2016 02:41:23 PM

SB 132 stipulates that only more serious offenses will result in a “suspension” of driver’s licenses, while parking tickets, for example, will result in NONRENEWAL.

It’s simple to stop NONRENEWAL once the outstanding obligation is paid by….eh, renewing once again.

Suspension of license often requires a court hearing.

This Act provides that driver’s licenses will not be renewed nor will duplicate licenses be issued if there are outstanding fines of fees for minor traffic offenses subject to voluntary assessment until such fees are paid by the license applicant. Licenses will not be suspended in these cases. Suspension is reserved for offenses affecting traffic safety such as reckless driving, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, multiple speeding or other offenses.

This law seems like a good idea in that if the state has the power to make offenders, however light the offense, fork up the penalty, it should do it.

The Delaware legislature should have this same attitude for non-payment of property taxes which it has the power to pull from state income tax returns.

If they want THIS money why doesn’t the legislature go after unpaid property tax money?

Animal Control Now Officially a State Job

This change in animal control in the state of Delaware has been talked about for many months last year. This law makes it official.


Read the text of the law then the problem, as summarized by me, below.

House Bill 242 w/HA 1, HA 2

Introduced On: 01/14/2016


Synopsis of Original Bill:
(without Amendments) This bill clarifies the role and authority of the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare and Department of Agriculture regarding animal cruelty enforcement. The Office of Animal Welfare was directed by the 148th General Assembly to enforce all Delaware animal cruelty laws and the Office has since created a law enforcement unit to carry forth said direction. This bill updates the authority of the Department of Health and Social Services to enforce animal cruelty laws as directed and removes that authority from non-profit SPCAs in the State of Delaware. The Department of Agriculture is given concurrent enforcement authority as concerns farm animals.

Current Status: Senate Passed On 01/28/2016 04:29:56 PM

I’ve been involved down here in Sussex county over animal control laws, having dogs aplenty and a grouchy neighbor who complains when my dog breathes.

I am not opposed to the state taking over animal control and, indeed, want the concept to succeed.

Lo and behold what do I hear on WGMD this morning?


People who no longer want their dogs CANNOT turn them in to the state animal control people.

However, if I am to understand correctly, the local SPCA might take them, though, as these things go, it’s confusing and a bit of a mess.

Here’s the thing…..when someone can no longer keep their dog it is waaaaaaay better for that person to be able to voluntary turn that unwanted dog into the animal control people than what?

Abandon them on a back road and then the animal control will have to pick them up for sure?

Just move away and leave them behind to fend for themselves and starve?

IF an older dog and unable to pay a Vet to put down, they should let the animal suffer until death?

Aw come on people, let’s start this endeavor off right. Let us begin by using logic.

It’s being reported everywhere that under this new system we cannot voluntary turn in our pets to the shelter. Maybe they think owners should deal with their pets and maybe they should.

But if they don’t we should what….just let the animals suffer?

I knew there would be problems. Soon we will be seeing stories of pets abandoned on roadsides so that THEN the animal control people must pick them up.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Bomb Threats-HB121

I’m not convinced that prosecuting those who phone in fake bomb threats was the problem so much as CATCHING them.

From an email from the Delaware Republican caucus:

As bomb threats continue to cause problems for schools here in Delaware, the Maryland House sf2.3.16dellegisbombbillJudiciary Committee holds a public hearing on Delegate Mary Beth Carozza’s bomb threat prosecution bill.

House Bill 121, which is being considered on the heels of repeated false bomb threats against schools in Worcester and Wicomico counties over the last several weeks, would strengthen the tools used by law enforcement to prosecute those who knowingly make false bomb threats.

HB 121 would allow law enforcement to prosecute the crime of making a false bomb threat in the county in which the destructive device or toxic material was stated or rumored to be located. Under current law, such threats can only be prosecuted in the county in which the threat originates or the county in which the threat is received.

Delegate Carozza was joined for Tuesday’s hearing in Annapolis by several local supporters of the legislation, including the State’s Attorneys for both Wicomico and Worcester counties, Matt Maciarello and Beau Oglesby, Worcester County Deputy Sheriff Mike McDermott and delegations of administrators, parents and students from both Wicomico and Worcester County Public Schools.

There was no opposition to the bill during the hearing.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the bill within the next week.

HB253-Earned Income Right In Your Paycheck

The notion of “earned income credit” is a socialist invention that involves giving money to those who don’t make much but at least they are working.

Primary Sponsor(s): Baumbach Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Sokola & Sen. Lavelle

Co-Sponsors: Reps. Bentz, J. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Potter, B. Short, Spiegelman, Viola, Yearick; Sens. Cloutier, Hall-Long, Hocker, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Townsend

Introduced On: 01/20/2016

Synopsis of Original Bill:
(without Amendments) This bill changes the earned income tax credit from nonrefundable to refundable and capable of exceeding the tax amount otherwise due. The credit is reduced from 20% of the corresponding federal earned income credit to 6% for 2017. That percentage increases 1% each year until it reaches 15% in 2026.

I had to deal with earned income credit in many years of processing payroll and what a real pain. Evidently Delaware does not give back the earned income money even though the feds do.

This bill reduces the amount of earned income tax from 20% to a cap of 15% over several years. However, a check will be cut for earned income credit on the W-2 from the State of Delaware (or put directly into paychecks as I had to often do).

If the Feds give the money I suppose the state should too.

The Anti-Dumping Task Force

sf1.14.16richcollinsThis is a bill sponsored by Rich Collins and dumping is a big problem in his representative district.

Hey Rich, ask your predecessor how he handled trash on his property!

John Atkins used to just get a couple of convicts out to burn trash tires.

House Concurrent Resolution 40 w/HA 1, HA 2

Primary Sponsor(s): Collins Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Lavelle

Co-Sponsors: Reps. D. Short, Hudson, Ramone, Spiegelman, Wilson, Brady; Sens. Ennis, Hall-Long, Hocker, Richardson

Introduced On: 06/10/2015


Synopsis of Original Bill:
(without Amendments) Seeking to address the pervasive problems of littering and illegal dumping in Delaware, this concurrent resolution would create the Delaware Anti-Dumping and Anti-Littering Task Force. The task force would be charged with defining the scope of the problem; developing actionable strategies for curtailing it; and delivering a report to the General Assembly as to how these new policies could be implemented and financed. The task force would be required to issue its report no later than March 15, 2016.

Current Status: House Passed On 01/28/2016

Lookit, the haphazard dumping of trash in Sussex county is a big problem. While everything seems to require a task force, this seems like the way to begin solving the problem.

Rep. Ruth Briggs-King Claims School Choice Week

This has something to do with charter schools but that’s our Ruthie, she loves this kind of thing.

Legislation proclaiming the week of January 24th through January 30th as National School Choice Week in Delaware was passed in the House yesterday. The legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 52), which I am again sponsoring this year, states that “Delaware has many high-quality teaching professionals in public, private and charter schools across Delaware who are committed to educating children.”..


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