by James DeChene
In an unceasing effort to keep our members au courant on the goings on in Dover, this week’s post is being written from the belly of the beast, in Legislative Hall.
On Wednesday, May 10, HB110, legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Delaware, cleared the House Revenue and Finance Committee by a 9-2 vote. The bill now goes to the House floor for a vote sometime in June. The sponsor, Rep. Helene Keeley, has invited feedback on how to ensure employers are protected from liability and related human resources issues. If you have suggestions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That hearing, along with a few others, sucked (pun intended) the oxygen from Legislative Hall this week. Next week, DEFAC will meet on Monday. That revenue forecast will be the one budget writers will use in crafting the FY17 budget. Also next week, committee hearings will be held on SB79, a bill making technical corrections to the Unclaimed Property legislation passed earlier this year; along with SB49, the Homeless Bill of Rights; and SB76, a bill mandating apprenticeship training programs for companies performing state contract work; as well as the yearly package of bills related to corporate law updates.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.