By James DeChene, Armitage DeChene & Associates
This week the main event in Dover was the passage of SB15, increasing Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Of the nine amendments attached to the bill, none passed. The bill now goes on to the Governor for signature.
Also this week, HB200, a Chamber-supported bill related to water infrastructure investment, was released from Committee and is expected to be on the Senate agenda for a vote next week. SB127, another Chamber backed bill that would create a site readiness fund to offset the cost of development, is waiting for a House vote. HB77, which the Chamber opposes, is the latest version of legislation that would ban certain chemicals used as flame retardants in many consumer goods such as mattresses, consumer electronics, and upholstered furniture, was released from Committee. The sponsor has said he does not plan to work the bill for a House vote until January 2022.
There are just 5 legislative days left before the end of this session. Plenty of bills remain active and await action, including bills impacting the use of apprentices on construction projects to creating a new community solar program. A lot can happen between now and June 30. Stay tuned for more updates.