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 3/12/16 Edition

It’s a summary of the Delaware legislative week just passed. You will laugh and cry at what our legislature has done but hey, we got an official Tall Ship!


HB129-Who are these communities getting free snow plowing.

Reading the below….

Currently, communities in the program only get reimbursed for snow events equal to or greater than 4 inches. This bill allows communities in the snow reimbursement program with the Delaware Department of Transportation that have schools within their development to seek reimbursement for the plowing costs of the feeder street leading to the school for snow events equal to or greater than 2 and less than 4 inches. The same conditions for snowstorm reimbursement apply to reimbursement under this bill.

…my first reaction is that who knew Deldot was reimbursing certain communities for snow plowing?

Which brings up my real point….yes I understand why certain communities need snow plowing if there is a school of some sort nestled within their development. I myself once lived in a community that had a school within it, three blocks away, and for sure my street and others would have to be plowed to make travelling to the school safer.

But there is one big difference….in Maryland, where I lived at the time, ALL ROADS WERE PLOWED DURING SNOW!

Not the same in Delaware and yes, I understand why.

Because my property taxes in Delaware are one third what they were in Maryland and part of the reason is because we are expected to plow our own damn streets if we are not a state road. Or that bit about the school above.

Now I can live with having to plow my own street although I say, softly, that Delaware is filling up with older people, ironically many escaping prohibitive property taxes. I’m not so sure having a bunch of senior citizens out plowing our streets is a good idea.

Again, I get that if we are to demand this then do not complain when property taxes go up.

Well I wouldn’t if we didn’t have to hear every damn day about raising the gasoline tax and that absurd crap with plastic bags. If you’re going to tax the living hell out of…AT LEAST PLOW OUR DAMN STREETS!!!

:::taking breath:::

That’s my rant of the week.


I can’t but read this fantabulous law my elected legislators think is so important that they got to pass a freaking law to do it.

And I appreciate the many legislators who read this column, especially those who respond.

Sure, I’m a nutball Sussex countian but I really do want the best for Delaware. Except for Bumbauch who does NOT want to read my wisdom.

I’d suggest yon legislators (and ladies and gems) read this Blog because, well, I figure I’m fairly typical, except that whenever I pass a court house they find me guilty of something.

Anyway, per HB206:

This bill will add 4 new check-off donation boxes on the Delaware personal income tax return whereby individuals may choose to donate a portion of their tax refund, or designate an amount in addition to the tax they owe that will be transferred by the Division of Revenue to one of the following organizations: Food Bank of Delaware, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, or Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.

Mine own former Representative, Ruth Briggs-King is a co-sponsor of this bill and hey, one really can’t argue about taxpayers amicably checking off boxes that will allow them to give a buck or so to the food bank or Habitat for Humanity.

It just seems like such nonsense that the gubmint is having to be in the charity collection business. Why not let us pay our electric bills while we’re getting a refund and before we spend it?

But lookit, I’m just being childish and hey, Baumbach is the sponsor and he doesn’t read this column.

HB268-Ruth Briggs-King-Maybe her heart is a little too big.

Rep. Ruth Briggs King Co-Sponsors Legislation to Help Protect Children At Risk of Substantial Injury or Death as a Result of Drug Use by Parents

State Representative Ruth Briggs King (R-Georgetown) is co-sponsoring bi-partisan legislation aimed at protecting infants – who have been exposed to illegal drugs and alcohol during the mother’s pregnancy – through the implementation of better, more improved safeguards established by the state.

Rep. Briggs King is a prime sponsor of House Bill 268 – also referred to “Aiden’s Law” – in response to the September 2015 death of 8-month-old Aiden Hundley. The child was reportedly born with symptoms consistent with prenatal drug exposure and allegedly died at the hands of his parents. Aiden’s parents – Doyle Hundley and Casey Layton – have been charged with murder in the abuse death of the infant.

Lawmakers say that the legislation is a “non-punitive, public health-oriented bill” that seeks to codify the federal law known as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The federal statute requires states to have policies and procedures in place to address the needs of infants born with illegal substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. CAPTA also requires healthcare providers involved in the delivery or care of such infants to notify the child protective services system. Under the federal law, a “plan of safe care” for these infants must also be developed.

Rep. Briggs King’s legislation formalizes the CAPTA law by making it part of the Delaware Code. House Bill 268 provides a uniform, collaborative response protocol in accordance with CAPTA by requiring that Delaware’s child protection system partners work together to ensure the safety of substance exposed infants and to provide support and services to the mothers and families of substance exposed infants.

According to Rep. Briggs King, “Sadly, more and more infants in Delaware are reportedly being born addicted to drugs such as opiates and heroine. These same newborns now become increasingly at risk of substantial injury or death once they are sent home, likely to a substance-exposed environment.”

Rep. Briggs King said, “At the state level, we must do all we can to make sure these children are protected and kept safe. This bill will ensure that those within the child protection system are taking a unified approach to the sensitive care of this very vulnerable population of our society.

This legislation is intended to make sure substance-exposed children no longer fall through the cracks of the system simply because the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. There will be a collaboration of efforts, as well as certain protocols in place, to make sure tragic cases like Aiden’s are very few and far between.”

I know that’s a long quote but I read it all and I kind of understand.

So a woman gives birth to a baby that is addicted to heroin. Or some other substance and as determined by medical tests and such I imagine.

So should the mother just, boom, take this child home and that be the end of it? Or is that helpless infant already in danger in that we’re pretty sure his mother is an addict and shouldn’t the state, in the form of Child Services, be looking over this infant?

That bit about the federal government requiring the state government and this intermingling of all these bureaucracies make me nervous as all get out.

But that newborn baby is about as helpless as they come (except for the unborn and maybe someday Ruth King will champion for them) so it’s hard to argue with formalizing a system to bring them under a protective umbrella .

One could even argue, and for now I accept the argument, that government DOES serve an important function in society and this is one of them.

Snow removal is another.


This bill allows the state of Delaware to hold up tax refunds, including federal I think, for those numchucks who don’t pay their property taxes and other debts they owe to Delaware.

I don’t know why this law took so long to get through except I suspect some legislators might be impacted with it.

I mean they hold back your driver’s license for non-payment of taxes so why give refunds to people who don’t bill their lawful bills?

This is just so wrong

In an elaborate and shameless bow to the unions, we have, sponsored by Democrats only, this bill that pretends to care about the veterans.

Read the quote below and then read on for how this is going to work.

This bill is the Veterans, Skilled Workers, and Community Workforce Act. It requires that on all state-funded construction, public works, or improvement projects that contractors and subcontractors must draw 30% of their workforce from the Representative District where the project is located, and 5% of their workforce from eligible Delaware veterans. Such projects are to be governed by a Project Labor Agreement with the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council to provide structure and stability and promote efficient completion.

Mulrooney Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Osienski & Sens. Hall-Long & Marshall

Co-Sponsors: Reps. Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Carson, Heffernan, Jaques, J. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, Matthews, Mitchell, Paradee, B. Short, Viola, K. Williams; Sens. Blevins, Ennis, McBride, McDowell, Poore

OMG this is hilarious.

So some poor sub-contractor, if hired for a job paid for by federal or state funds, is going to have to hire 20 people.

5% are to be veterans so he has to find one guy who served in the military.

Then he has to find SIX guys in the community around the area where the project is ongoing.

So if they’re building a state-funded building in Dagsboro the sub-contractor has to find one veteran and six locals from Dagsboro.

Bearing in mind here yon reader, that this sub-contractor really should be DOING THE CONSTRUCTION WORK, not playing social worker.

Meanwhile, if I understand this shameless piece of legislation, all of the contractors and sub-contractors doing that project in Dagsboro will have to abide by some kind of temporary union agreement put in place for that specific job.

This is re-distribution of wealth perfected.

It’s also an absurd way to run a state, these people supporting this should be ashamed of themselves.

This is kind of cool.


Hey, I’m from Baltimore. Tall ships are a big deal there.

So now Delaware has an official Tall Ship?

Cool but Baltimore is Tall Ship Capital.

I’m jus’ sayin’.


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