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Governor Signs HB 325, Closing the Charleston Loophole

On June 24th, Governor Markell signed into law legislation that I sponsored with Representative Val Longhurst that would close a serious federal loophole that annually allows thousands of prohibited persons to purchase firearms without passing a background check.

Under HB 325, a person purchasing a firearm would need to pass a background check before a transaction could be completed. This would not impact the vast majority of gun transactions in Delaware, as 92% of background checks are completed in a matter of minutes, or at most, hours. This would eliminate the “delayed transactions” (also known as “default proceeds”) of guns being turned over because a background check takes longer than three business days.

As amended, HB 325 allows 25 days for a background check to be completed before a firearm could be transferred.

According to the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, from 2010-14, gun dealers completed 15,729 gun sales to ineligible people due to the delayed transaction provision.

“148 in the 148th” Food Drive

This spring, the 148th General Assembly participated in the 148 in the 148th food drive, which brought together organizations and donors across the state to raise 148,000 pounds of donations for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Spearheaded by Rep. Lyndon Yearick of Camden, Delaware, and myself, the food drive shattered its goal and brought in more than 173,000 pounds of food items that will be distributed to needy families across Delaware.

Special thanks go out to Delaware Technical Community College for mobilizing the college community to participate, and to the Delaware Food Industry Council, which gathered 75,00 pounds of donations from its local supermarket members.

For more information about donating to the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit www.fbd.org 13227821_1392352794114506_7339309315522969138_o

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.

DelDOT Updates in the 24th District: July 2015

  • Due to the revenue raised in HB 140, the Newark Regional Transportation Center project has entered the design phase and is back on track with a new completion date of December, 2018.
  • Bridge Replacement: Old Newark Road over Cool Run. The design phase is nearing completion and the project is set to be finished in November, 2016.
  • Bridge Replacement: Red Mill Road over tributary to White Clay Creek. The design phase has begun and the project is set to be finished in May, 2017.
  • Bridge Rehabilitation: Chapman Road over I-95. The design phase is set to begin this year and the project is set to be finished in the Fall of 2018.
  • Bridge Rehabilitation: Harmony Road over White Clay Creek. The preliminary design phase is set to begin with construction starting in the Spring of 2017.

Legislative Update: July 2015

After a busy six-month session, the General Assembly is now in recess until January. I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the major pieces of legislation I sponsored or co-sponsored that succeeded in passing through the House and Senate this year:

House Bill 133: This measure will require builders of new single-family homes to provide homebuyers with the option to have a fire sprinkler system installed in their new homes. Fire sprinkler systems are a proven, valuable life safety and fire protection upgrade.

House Bill 169: This bill permits DelDOT to use a design-build process for many of its projects, a proven cost-savings method that also improves project delivery times

Senate Bill 138: This bill allows for rigorous, high-quality scientific research on the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana to take place at Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology located here in the 24th District.

House Bill 140: This bill updated several DMV fees (many of which had not been changed in 20 years or more,) raising revenue for the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for new infrastructure projects statewide. Due to the passage of this bill, Municipal Street Aid for the city of Newark was restored. Also, this bill preserved our local Community Transportation Fund, which aids in paving roads across the 24th District.
Though this year’s budget challenges were difficult, I was successful in lobbying my colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee to retain grant-in-aid funding for the Newark Senior Center and Delaware’s Volunteer Fire Companies.

I also want to thank all of you who have contacted me this year regarding many of the important issues facing our state. I tried my best to answer each and every call and email, and I apologize if I missed one of you.

I sincerely appreciate your interest and comments on the legislative process and I hope you continue to let me know your thoughts going forward.

Anti-Bullying Legislation Signed at Kirk Middle School

Rep. Osienski attended the bill signing of HB 268 and SB 193, which addresses bullying in Delaware schools, at Kirk Middle School.

The students at Kirk Middle School have dedicated themselves to ending bullying in their school. Ed is pictured here with the Assistant Principal Joan French.

Rep. Osienski Shows Support For SEIU Local 32BJ

Rep. Osienski joined members of SEIU Local 32BJ to show support with their on-going struggle with Optima Cleaning Systems in Wilmington, DE. In 2009 LU 32BJ filed an unfair labor practice against Optima with the NLRB. The case accused Optima of violating National Labor Relations Act by discriminating against employees in terms of hiring, tenure, and conditions of employment.

This thereby discouraged its employees from becoming members in a labor organization. The case was settled and seven employees received back pay totaling nearly $25,000.