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Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

There were some really interesting discussions taking place on the Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles that met on December 21

We are looking at this innovative tech’s impact on public safety, economic development and transportation network capabilities. Experts say that autonomous vehicles will help drivers avoid crashes, reduce commute time and better help the elderly and people with disabilities have the freedom to travel wherever they need to go.

It’s an exciting innovation with many moving parts, and I am extremely happy to be a part of these discussions on the council. Though we may have safer vehicles, our highways are still dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation found that there have been more than 2.2 million motor vehicle-related deaths in the U.S. in the past 50 years, with human error being a major factor in nearly all fatal crashes.

USA Today Report: Closing the Charleston Loophole

Closing the Charleston Loophole

This USA TODAY analysis (http://delonline.us/2inalph) should both trouble and reassure #Delaware residents.The #FBI attempted last year to recover more than 4,000 guns sold to prohibited people, the largest number in a decade. Federal law allows gun sales to go ahead if the background check isn't completed within 72 hours.Delaware closed this #CharlestonLoophole in 2016 (http://bit.ly/2fp2F2w). Our law requires a person purchasing a firearm to pass a background check before a transaction can be completed. The law allows 25 days for a background check before a firearm can be transferred.

Posted by Ed Osienski on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This USA TODAY analysis (http://delonline.us/2inalph) should both trouble and reassure Delaware residents.

The FBI attempted last year to recover more than 4,000 guns sold to prohibited people, the largest number in a decade. Federal law allows gun sales to go ahead if the background check isn’t completed within 72 hours.

Delaware closed this Charleston Loophole in 2016 (http://bit.ly/2fp2F2w). Our law requires a person purchasing a firearm to pass a background check before a transaction can be completed. The law allows 25 days for a background check before a firearm can be transferred.

Thanksgiving Traditions!

Rep. Osienski: Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy #Thanksgiving! Spend time with family and friends. Here's one of my new traditions (and an old favorite). #netDE #GiveBack

Posted by Ed Osienski on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Out in the Community: Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

We started the Thanksgiving holiday right this weekend by giving out 237 turkeys to local families. The effort started small years ago, with community members distributing turkeys out of a trunk of a car to those in need.

Now, this drive has given out more than 500 turkeys over the past two years. Big thanks to The Journey for coordinating and purchasing the turkeys and Newark High students for helping out!

Delaware Is Now A Little More Bike Friendly!

Delaware: More Bike-Friendly, Safe

If you're getting some good-weather #cycling in this week, you should know that #Delaware is now a little more #BikeFriendly.Governor John Carney signed legislation from my colleagues Rep. Larry Mitchell and Sen. David P. Sokola last week that makes it safer for cyclists to ride side-by-side with motorists. The new law clarifies #bike road rules, and addresses traffic signals. Maybe I'll see you out on the trails or roads in Newark or Lewes.

Posted by Ed Osienski on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If you enjoy cycling as I do, you should know that Delaware is now a little more bike friendly!

On October 5, Governor John Carney signed legislation from my colleagues Rep. Larry Mitchell and Sen. David P. Sokola that makes it safer for cyclists to ride side-by-side with motorists. The new law clarifies bike road rules, and addresses traffic signals.

Maybe I’ll see you out on the trails or roads in Newark or Lewes!

Bill Signing: Streamlining DMV Operations

If you've been to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles in recent years, then you already know that #Delaware is doing great work at reducing wait times and improving customer service.These two new bills that Governor John Carney signed will help continue that trend, streamlining processes and making life easier for busy residents. They might be small changes, but they will have a big impact.

Posted by Ed Osienski on Saturday, September 23, 2017

The perception about the DMV being a hassle for residents simply doesn’t apply in Delaware. Our Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles does an excellent job at customer service and looking for new, innovative ways to better accommodate a busy public.

On September 21, Governor John Carney signed two bills that will continue that effort, removing the requirement for signatures to be in pen and ink for driver license, identification card, or registration application processes, and increasing the exemption from inspection from 5 years to 7 years for all new vehicles those purchased from 2012 onward.

By using technology to make people’s lives easier and reducing the number of vehicles going through inspection lines, we are shortening the wait times at the DMV and streamlining the processes. These might be small changes, but they will have a big impact on residents’ experiences at the DMV.

 

 

Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Update: DNREC Contamination and Remediation Report

DNREC has published its baseline report on the contamination and remediation status at each of the 14 heavy industry use sites. This was something that was required in the Delaware Coastal Zone Act update we passed this year.

Under the law, this baseline will be followed by a reassessment of environmental conditions every two years on economic development made possible by the CZA update.

You can read he full report here: http://bit.ly/2f0lkXT.

Serving on Governor Carney’s Advisory Council on Autonomous Vehicles

I am looking forward to serving on Governor John Carney’s advisory council on autonomous vehicles, which he established in an executive order on September 5.

This emerging transportation technology could be the future for the motoring public, and with self-driving cars already on the roads, it’s important that Delaware gets out in front of this issue.

We’ll be evaluating the technology’s impact on public safety, cyber security, and the design of Delaware’s transportation network. We have a reporting date of September 2018.