Delaware General Assembly looks to elections

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March 15, 2012

Delaware: As November elections approach, both chambers of Delaware's General Assembly seem reluctant to take up controversial issues. Lawmakers say that, other than debating and settling on a budget, they do not anticipate big-ticket issues to be taken up in the coming months. [1]

All of Delaware's 62 state legislative seats are up for election this year. House Minority Leader Greg Lavelle said that Delaware's redrawn district boundaries mean representatives are particularly unwilling to seek controversy.[1]

While last year Delaware's General Assembly voted on blockbuster issues of criminal sentencing, same-sex marriage, and marijuana legalization, internet gambling is the biggest item House Speaker Robert Gilligan expects to come up between now and the end of this legislative session.[1]

Some do foresee possible fireworks in the budget debates, as potential revenue shortfalls may require spending cuts. Senate Minority leader Gary Simpson hopes to press for the elimination of prevailing wage laws, which raise the cost of state projects, but "that seems to be off the Democrats' table."

In other Delaware General Assembly news, Senator George Bunting (D), who has been a state lawmaker for three decades, will not seek re-election this fall. Popular state Representative Gerald Hocker (R) is eyeing a run for the seat.[2]

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