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Michael McNesby Bill

I was honored to join Governor John Carney for the signing of the Michael McNesby Act. This critical piece of legislation will help raise hourly wages for direct support professionals who help families and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities every day.

Increasing wages for these dedicated workers will improve recruitment and retention of these positions, and reduce staff turnover and vacancies.

Michael McNesby was beloved by everyone he touched in his life, and it’s fitting that this important bill was named in his honor and signed at Elwyn Delaware, his long-time place of employment. I am privileged to have known Michael, and his family’s advocacy was instrumental in building support for this bill.

Port of Wilmington

With the prospect of thousands of jobs over the next decade and up to $600 million in new investment, this Port of Wilmington expansion agreement is a game-changer for Delaware.

We have the potential to create thousands of good-paying jobs and careers for Delawareans, and I thank Governor John Carney, Diamond State Port Corporation and GT USA Wilmington, LLC for finalizing the agreement today. This will have an important impact on our economy. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/2D6FsCE

HB 346- Educators in High-Needs Schools Could Get Student Loan Relief

Governor John Carney, Rep. David Bentz and Sen Bryan Townsend announced a proposal to offer student loan relief to Delaware educators in high-needs schools and subject areas.

I am so proud to sponsor this legislation along with my colleagues – it would help recruit and retain teachers, and provides needed services. We need to invest in our dedicated educators.

For more information, click here

HB 328- Drone Bill Clears House Committee

The House Transportation Committee released my bill today that will make it a crime to intentionally harass someone or invade their privacy.

No one should have to deal with someone harassing them or invading their privacy with a drone. While we’re not talking about going after a 12-year-old who got a drone for their birthday and is flying it around the backyard, there are some who are clearly using the devices to harass others.

I’m looking forward to getting this bill passed into law to provide Delaware residents with a little peace of mind.

HB 328 – Drones

The House Transportation Committee released my bill today that will make it a crime to intentionally harass someone or invade their privacy.No one should have to deal with someone harassing them or invading their privacy with a #drone. While we're not talking about going after a 12-year-old who got a drone for their birthday and is flying it around the backyard, there are some who are clearly using the devices to harass others.I'm looking forward to getting this bill passed into law to provide #Delaware residents with a little peace of mind.

Posted by Rep. Ed Osienski on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Going to Leg Hall: Newark Charter Students’ Citizens Project

I want to thank Newark Charter students Jasmin, Genevieve, Makenzie and Jordyn. They began looking into Delaware‘s equal accommodation law as it relates to service dogs as part of a class project and brought this issue to my attention.

We found out that we needed to clarify the state code so it is consistent with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act so I introduced HB 354 to clearly define service animal and the disabilities covered. Watch the video and read the bill (https://bit.ly/2ISbAbq) to learn more!

HB 354: Equal Accommodation Bill Signed

I was honored to work with Newark Charter High School students Jasmin, Genevieve, Makenzie and Jordyn on House Bill 354, and am so happy they were able to be part of the legislative process, and most recently at the bill signing ceremony.They began looking into #Delaware's equal accommodation law as it relates to service dogs as part of a class project and brought an oversight in Delaware's code to my attention. As a result, HB 354 clearly defines the term service animal and brings state law in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bill helps to better supports those with service animals and affirms protections for the animals themselves.Thank you all so much for your hard work on this issue! #ADA

Posted by Rep. Ed Osienski on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 

Facebook Town Hall with Rep. Paul Baumbach

I had a great time joining fellow Newark colleague Rep. Paul Baumbach for his monthly Facebook town hall last week. We tackled a variety of topics and fielded questions from constituents during the hourlong event. Looking forward to doing this again in the future.

January Facebook Town Hall

I had a great time joining fellow Newark colleague Paul Baumbach, State Representative for his monthly Facebook town hall last night. We tackled a variety of topics and fielded questions from constituents during the hourlong event. Looking forward to doing this again in the future.

Posted by Rep. Ed Osienski on Friday, January 19, 2018

Delawareonline: Making the DMV Easier!

Delawareonline recently wrote (http://delonline.us/2mkaHiT) about howDelaware Division of Motor Vehicles is expanding its online services to include driver license renewal. This came about due to legislation I sponsored and Governor John Carney signed into law this year removing the requirement for signatures to be in pen and ink for a driver license, identification card, or registration application processes.

I’m glad to see the DMV continuing to streamline processes and make life easier for busy residents.

Delawareonline recently wrote (http://delonline.us/2mkaHiT) about how Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is expanding its online services to include driver license renewal. This came about due to legislation I sponsored and Governor John Carney signed into law this year removing the requirement for signatures to be in pen and ink for a driver license, identification card, or registration application processes.I'm glad to see the DMV continuing to streamline processes and make life easier for busy residents.

Posted by Rep. Ed Osienski on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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.