The Importance of Labor Day

This week, the House Democratic Caucus put together a video with myself and my fellow union brother Rep. JJ Johnson talking about the importance of this holiday weekend and the real meaning of “Labor” in Labor Day. Please take a minute and watch.

The Importance of Labor Day


Reminder: First Fridays

My “First Friday” constituent meetings take place on the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Newark Senior Center. These are great opportunities for us to talk about the issues facing the 24th District. Hope to see you there!

Delaware Receives Federal Dollars for the “Heroin Response Strategy”

Michael Botticelli, director of the National Drug Control Policy, announced last Monday at Christiana Hospital that Delaware will receive a portion of federal funding to combine law enforcement and public health efforts to reduce trafficking, distribution and use of heroin.

The $2.5 million will fund the “Heroin Response Strategy,” which will create public health and public safety partnerships across 15 states to fight drug use in five high-intensity drug-trafficking regions including Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, New York/New Jersey and Washington/Baltimore. This strategy will concentrate on prevention and data collection, rather than punishment.

The money will fund a new drug intelligence officer and public health analyst in each of the 15 states to help share information across state lines to regionally report where drug overdoses are occurring and increase awareness and education to prevent addiction.

HB 133 Bill Signing

On August 6th, at the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder station on Rt. 273, Governor Jack Markell signed HB 133, which will give homebuyers crucial information about lifesaving residential sprinkler systems when they have a new home built.

Residential sprinklers have an upfront cost, but they are proven lifesavers in putting out fires and can lower homeowners’ insurance costs. By making sure homebuyers have this information in hand, they can make informed decisions about something they might otherwise not consider.