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 5/7/16 Edition Part 2

Got some good laws proposed here, believe it or not. My story with the new Animal Control and all you need to know about Golden Retrievers.

HB296-State Dog

Okay folks, the state dog has been named. It’s the Golden Retriever and, indeed, they are very nice dogs.

There were all kinds of rumors about this particular piece of legislation but first….why a state dog? And why the Golden Retriever?

I wrote in another Blog post that Governor Markell had a Golden Retriever and I only wrote that because I read it somewhere on Facebook.

dellegis5.7.16goldenretrieverNo less than Speaker of Delaware’s House, Pete Schwartzkopf, sent me an email with a very cryptic message.

“Governor Markell does NOT have a Golden Retriever.”

Well let this be the LAST time I believe anything written on Facebook.

Believe now yon reader that I don’t have an issue with this breed as the state dog but I shall smile and question.

Further, below is all the verbiage required to get this legislation enacted.


I also read on Facebook that this state dog designation would only last a year. Reading the below, it would turn out that this is true.

Next year we shall name the American Bull Dog as the Delaware state dog because that’s the breed of MY dog.

Why not?


WHEREAS, Retrievers came into prominence because of the desire for a medium-sized dog that would do well in wild-fowling, both upland game and waterfowl; and

WHEREAS, Golden Retrievers are popular as disability assistance dogs such as being guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf; and

WHEREAS, they are also trained to be hunting dogs and detection dogs; and

WHEREAS, Golden Retrievers are often used on search and rescue teams because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities; and

WHEREAS, Goldens make great therapy dogs; and

WHEREAS, Presidents Ford and Reagan both had Golden Retrievers as pets while in office; and

WHEREAS, Goldens have an instinctive love of water and are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards; and

WHEREAS, the breed’s friendly, gentle temperament means it is unsuited to being a professional guard dog, but its temperament has also made it the third-most popular family dog breed (by registration) in the United States, the fifth-most popular in Australia, and the eighth-most popular in the United Kingdom; and

WHEREAS, Golden Retrievers also are very smart dogs that are loyal and friendly to their caregivers; and

WHEREAS, the temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed, and is described in the standard as kind, friendly, and confident; and

WHEREAS, Golden Retrievers make good family pets, particularly as they are patient with children; and

WHEREAS, the typical Golden Retriever is calm, naturally intelligent and biddable, with an exceptional eagerness to please; and

WHEREAS, they are known to take care of other animals, even cats;



Section 1. Amend Title 29, Chapter 3 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

§ 326. State dog.

The Golden Retriever is the official dog of the State.

Section 2. This Act shall take effect upon its enactment into law.

Section 3. This Act shall expire 1 year after its enactment into law.

SB217-The Office of Animal Welfare now official

Speaking of dogs….

I’ve been attending various meetings about this new organization for I am an owner of two dogs.

This law makes the Office of Animal Welfare officially the goto place for lost or abused dogs.

This bill reassigns the responsibility of dog control and dangerous dog management from the counties of this state to the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare, and updates procedures for handling dangerous and potentially dangerous dog hearings for a more fair and equitable process. The bill also reassigns the responsibility for stray livestock response from the Delaware SPCA to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, with support from animal welfare officers of the Department of Health and Social Services. The bill replaces the variety of terms used for persons enforcing dog control, rabies, and dangerous dog laws throughout the Delaware Code to one consistent term, animal welfare officer, and provides clarity on provisions to protect outdoor dogs from severe cold or hazardous weather. Finally, the bill removes animal control constable from the roles that can be appointed by the county under Title 10. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the guidelines of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, especially with regard to adding serial commas throughout.

I got a personal story about this new Office of Animal Welfare.

My daughter has a mental disorder that leaves her addicted to hospitals.

Yeah, it’s got a name…Munchausen syndrome. These people willingly hurt themselves and fake sickness to get into the hospital. They are as addicted to sympathy as any heroin addict is to that chemical.

When daughter goes into the hospital she leaves her dog(s) alone. I make one part of that plural because the first time she left those dogs alone, a mother dog and the mother’s dog daughter. This mother dog is ALSO my dog’s mother so yeah, I have a personal interest.

When people go into the loony bin, my daughter’s hospital of choice-she spent THREE months last year in the loony bin as proof…they never give out information if a patient of query might be currently in that place.

So all we know is daughter disappears and we had no idea she would dare leave her dogs all alone.

But she did.

Folks, those dogs suffered. At some point my son-in-law came down and saved the dogs but they had been locked inside that house, with a bag of dry dog food thrown on the floor, for three weeks.

The house was filthy with fleas and need I mention that there was dog crap everywhere.

Those dogs had no escape from the fleas, they suffered, we had no idea daughter was even in the loony bin.

The mother dog had lost 40 pounds and son-in-law barely saved her. The daughter dog was put up for adoption.

So two weeks ago, AGAIN, daughter goes into the hospital-loony bin. Son-in-law calls me, asks if that dog was left alone again.

Only reason daughter got dog back was her estranged husband couldn’t keep her when he saved her the first time but this time he could.

Me and son-in-law broke into daughter’s house to save that dog, and we got the dog out of there.

Yes, she was left all alone and by the time we got to her she’d been in that house for four days.

The house is in my name so I had authority to break the window.

I called the animal control people because at one of my meetings I was told that sometimes people don’t know things that are a form of animal abuse.

Like leaving a dog all alone in a house for weeks at a time, trapped to be eaten alive by fleas. Even IF bags of food are left laying around with a few bowls of water.

I asked the animal people to please come and talk to my daughter, who is crazy let’s establish this, and tell her that to leave dogs all alone like that is ANIMAL ABUSE!

The people I spoke to at that office agreed with me and guess what?


Yes I do.

When it happened yet again, no way was I going to let that poor dog go through it again. Son-in-law and I got the dog two days before daughter finally came home and she will NEVER get that dog back.

It took me three tries but I did finally get the animal control people to stop by daughter’s house and warn her that leaving dogs like that alone is a crime and next time she will be charged.

So the office of Animal Welfare DID do what they said they would do at one of those many meetings. But I had to do some begging.

Daughter lies and says she has someone coming to take care of the dogs while she’s hospitalized.

Oh no she does not.


HB362-Control where gas meters located

I just do not know why this has to be made into a freaking law. Can’t the businesses responsible for reading these dellegis5.7.16gasmeterthings handle this?

I mean I got to put my trashcans in certain places that it be emptied at the curb. I can’t leave it in the backyard, for example, and expect the collectors to retrieve it to empty.

But does this mean the legislature should make a law telling us where to leave our trash cans on trash collection day?

This bill regulates the location of residential gas regulators and gas meters.

HB365-Forget having to pass a drug test…

…indeed, by this law, one cannot be denied public money if convicted of a drug felony, never mind passing a drug test.

This has often be the argument, that in order to receive welfare funds one should have to pass a drug test much like we working people have to pass a drug test to get a job.

Well forget that. This law makes it okay to be convicted of a drug felony and receive certain public funds that had been denied to them.

This Act removes the prohibition against receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“TANF” also referred to by the name Aid for Families with Dependent Children or “AFDC”) funds by persons convicted of a drug felony.
Even though federal laws such as PRWORA passed during the War on Drugs frequently prohibited access to public assistance for persons with drug felonies, these laws also gave states flexibility in determining eligibility for food aid and cash assistance for families with children when applicants had a criminal conviction. The majority of states have limited the federal bans in whole or in part. In 2011, Delaware opted out of restrictions on food aid, but it has not opted out of or limited federal restrictions on TANF—the cash assistance program that is the principal form of assistance available to most families in poverty to pay for things like electricity bills or school supplies.
Under existing law, individuals convicted of any state or federal drug felony, including possession of marijuana (which can be a felony under federal law), are ineligible for TANF for life. Although the children of a mother convicted of a drug crime can still receive assistance, the family’s overall award is significantly reduced, and in practice this affects the well-being of families and children.

I understand it’s always the same old problem. Deny the mother felon the funds to turn on the electricity and the innocent children suffer.

It’s a social problem and it will never go away.

HB369-Diabetes Study

Yes, Delaware is increasingly an elder state, and Diabetes is a disease of the older amongst us.

There a bunch of “agencies” that are in someway servicing those with Diabetes. Right there something is wrong with this picture.

It’s bureaucracy over bureaucracy over bureaucracy. Now the Delaware legislature wants them to tell us what the hell they been doing.

1) Data reflecting the prevalence and burden of diabetes in Delaware.
(2) Activities related to diabetes programs and initiatives throughout the State.
(3) An estimate of the financial impact of diabetes on each of the Agencies.
(4) The number of people impacted or served by each of the Agencies with regard to diabetes, including programs and initiatives designed to reach individuals with diabetes and prediabetes.
(5) A description of each of the Agencies’ implemented programs and activities aimed at improving diabetes care and preventing the disease, and an assessment of the expected benefits and outcomes for each program and activity.
(6) Current funding levels for each of the Agencies to implement programs and activities aimed at reaching individuals with diabetes and prediabetes.
(7) Each of the Agencies’ individual plans, including recommendations to address the prevention and control of diabetes, the intended outcomes of the recommendations, and estimates of the funding and time required to implement the recommendations.


I believe this law is put up every year and it never passes.

Now I understand, sort of, the issues.

This bill moves the date of primary elections for statewide office, county office, and municipal office to the fourth Tuesday in April, which is the date of the presidential primary. The dates for submitting and withdrawing a notification of candidacy have similarly been adjusted. The bill takes effect in 2020.

This bill would change the date of Delaware’s state primary to the same date as the national primary.

This year, Delawareans voted for a national presidential contender in April.

We won’t vote for the statewide candidates in a primary until September.


I’ll tell you why. This way the parties can nominate who they want to run on the main ticket come November. Ooops. Since I WAS a delegate at the state Republican convention here in Dewey Beach recently, I learned it’s not now a “nomination” as the main candidate to run in the November elections is not nominated until the September primary.

But the parties vote, via delegates like myself, who the party wishes to “endorse” in the parties.

So grandma does not walk into the voting booth in September to be greeted with a bunch of names that she never heard of. Names like Bonini, Lafferty, Cragg, Parish….the list goes on and for the 3rd councilmatic district in Sussex county there might be 20 names.

But with guidance from the local party and their “endorsements” Grandma is wisened up to the choices of the local elite and pulls the lever accordingly.

It’s a way to allow the local elite to keep their power, in other words, and the state parties do not want this change.

Remember when the party nominated Mike Castle but the people voted in Christine O’Donnell?

If this bill passes, which it probably won’t, that can never happen again. Whether they call it a nomination or an endorsement, it favors the candidate chosen by the party elite.

I do not respond to comments on my posts. I certainly have no problem with such commentary and, indeed, encourage it. But I’ve written my piece and I don’t want to argue it further.
Please feel free to email me at patfish1@aol.com if you want to send me a special comment or have any ideas or information you want to share.

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