by James DeChene
Chamber Committee meetings have already started in 2016. With the General Assembly set to convene on January 12th, the Chamber’s policy committees are poised for action. Topics include the Healthcare Committee working to educate employers about the increase in narcotics/heroin addiction in Delaware, reducing the stigma of addiction, what signs to look for in employees and various treatment options available. Look for a spring event panel discussion to learn more. The Tax Committee will be looking at ways in which to help make Delaware more attractive for businesses to relocate to and expand in Delaware, and will be reviewing tax related legislation and regulations as they are drafted to provide feedback. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will be looking at the drafted Water Usage Fee bill that was created as the result of a Clean Water Taskforce. Chamber members have been participants on that taskforce and have provided industry knowledge to help craft the bill. The Employer Advocacy and Education Committee is expected to meet soon to discuss various labor legislation including an expected bill to increase the minimum wage in Delaware to $15 by 2023. The Environmental Committee will be having their spring event with a speaker TBD, and with potential changes to the Coastal Zone Act this year, they will undoubtedly have feedback to offer as well.
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James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.