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This Delaware onAir hub supports its citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Delawareans.

  • Delaware onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

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Delaware government livestreams

https://legis.delaware.gov/WatchAndListen

Upcoming Livestreams
None scheduled

Recent livestreams:

 

Senate Committee aircasts

These aircasts will be focused on the recent activities of House committees during the 2021 General Assembly. Committee chairs will host these aircasts with members of their committees and their invited audience.

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos in this Hub and YouTube channel.

Here is an example an aircast on a state committee (Virginia).

House Committee aircasts

These aircasts will be focused on the recent activities of House committees during the 2021 General Assembly. Committee chairs will host these aircasts with members of their committees and their invited audience.

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos in this Hub and YouTube channel.

Here is an example an aircast on a state committee (Virginia).

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June 3, 2021 (02:00)

Delaware News

Joint Finance Committee quickly wraps up budget mark-up
Delaware Public Media, Roman BattagliaMay 26, 2021 (Short)

Members of the Joint Finance Committee finished up the budget mark-up process Wednesday.

Lawmakers squeezed what was expected to be a two week process down into two days, and approved the changes to the governor’s recommended budget Wednesday.

Included in those changes were some lawmakers had been advocating for. State Sen. Elizabeth Lockman (D-Wilmington) secured a little over $10 million in funds for the Redding Consortium recommendations, a group she co-chairs.

$3 million of those dollars will be permanent, while the rest is one-time funding to help get some of the programs off the group, like high-need pre-K and other programs targeted at high needs schools in Wilmington.

Gov. Carney weighs in on marijuana legalization, gun bills and more
Delaware Public Media, Joe IrizarryMay 24, 2021 (Short)

During “Ask Governor Carney” heard on Delaware Public Media Monday, the governor again voiced opposition to legalized marijuana.

“Look, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Carney wouldn’t say if he would sign or veto legislation currently in the General Assembly if it is passed and sent to his desk.

For Carney, it’s a health issue, noting he was Lt. Gov. when the state passed the indoor smoking ban, and he believes legalizing marijuana conflicts with that.

He also says he remains concerned it can be a gateway to opiods at a time the state is fighting the opiod crisis.

2021 Legislature

Joint Finance Committee quickly wraps up budget mark-up
Delaware Public Media, Roman BattagliaMay 26, 2021 (Short)

Members of the Joint Finance Committee finished up the budget mark-up process Wednesday.

Lawmakers squeezed what was expected to be a two week process down into two days, and approved the changes to the governor’s recommended budget Wednesday.

Included in those changes were some lawmakers had been advocating for. State Sen. Elizabeth Lockman (D-Wilmington) secured a little over $10 million in funds for the Redding Consortium recommendations, a group she co-chairs.

$3 million of those dollars will be permanent, while the rest is one-time funding to help get some of the programs off the group, like high-need pre-K and other programs targeted at high needs schools in Wilmington.

Gov. Carney weighs in on marijuana legalization, gun bills and more
Delaware Public Media, Joe IrizarryMay 24, 2021 (Short)

During “Ask Governor Carney” heard on Delaware Public Media Monday, the governor again voiced opposition to legalized marijuana.

“Look, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Carney wouldn’t say if he would sign or veto legislation currently in the General Assembly if it is passed and sent to his desk.

For Carney, it’s a health issue, noting he was Lt. Gov. when the state passed the indoor smoking ban, and he believes legalizing marijuana conflicts with that.

He also says he remains concerned it can be a gateway to opiods at a time the state is fighting the opiod crisis.

The Delaware General Assembly is the legislature of the U.S. state of Delaware. It is a bicameral legislature composed of the Delaware Senate with 21 senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 representatives. It meets at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware, convening on the second Tuesday of January of odd-numbered years, with a second session of the same Assembly convening likewise in even-numbered years. Normally the sessions are required to adjourn by the last day of June of the same calendar year. However the Governor can call a special session of the legislature at any time.

Members are elected from single-member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each decennial Census. Elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November and about one-half of the Senate is elected every two years for a four-year term, and the entire House of Representatives is elected every two years for a two-year term. Vacancies are filled through special elections. There are no term limits for either chamber.

With 62 seats, the Delaware General Assembly is the second-smallest bicameral state legislature in the United States – ahead of Alaska (60 seats) and behind Nevada (63).

Voting in Delaware

Federal & state elections on the ballot:  US House member, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures: None

The Delaware Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Delaware elections.

2022 Elections

House Approves Major Election Reform And Voting Rights Bill
Delaware Public Media, Alana WiseMarch 3, 2021 (Short)

The House has once again passed a bill aimed at protecting and expanding voting rights and reforming campaign finance laws. The Wednesday-night vote was 220-210. But the measure is not expected to advance in the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority, and Republicans on Capitol Hill argue the proposal is a political effort to federalize elections.

The action comes after voter access was a central issue in the 2020 elections, especially in states like Georgia and Arizona, where the presidential contest was tight. Former President Donald Trump and his GOP allies continue to promote false claims about ballot fraud, without any evidence. As some red states are moving to impose new restrictions, others with Democratically controlled state houses are working to further expand access.

The 2021 “H.R. 1: For the People Act” is a reboot of a 2019 bill of the same name. At the time, the House passed the bill along party lines, but it never had a chance to move forward in the Senate, which was controlled then by Republicans.

Covid-19

Covid-19 Update
May 4, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPdiJ_32hV0

Covid-19 Update
April 20, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQU0mdx7xE

Covid-19 Update
April 13, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjFIy5NH0jw

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