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New School Year Means Breakfast After the Bell Law Is Now In Effect

The start of the 2017-18 school year also means that my Breakfast After The Bell bill (House Bill 408, passed in 2016) is now in effect. This means that all Delaware school children will have the opportunity to start their day with a healthy breakfast.

We’ve seen how successful school breakfast programs can be when schools and policymakers think outside the box, and we want that success in our state. With this program, schools have the flexibility to offer breakfast through different services such as “Breakfast in the Classroom” and “Second Chance Breakfast,” and “Grab and Go Breakfast.”

This Delawareonline article describes the new program really well: http://delonline.us/2vvP40Z.

Thanks to Food Bank of Delaware and Delaware State Education Association for their advocacy and support with this law. I’m grateful for their help, as are the countless students who will start their school day with a full stomach and ready to learn.

Governor Carney Signs HB 190– The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act

I strongly believe the 46-year-old Coastal Zone Act was – and still is – a landmark piece of legislation. It has limited heavy industry activity to only 14 sites, comprising less than 2% of our total Coastal Zone. HB 190, signed by Governor John Carney signed on August 2, will not change that.

This new law establishes a conversion permitting process that allows for remediation and redevelopment of a limited number of abandoned heavy industry sites along Delaware’s coastline for industrial use.

I’m grateful to Rep. Debra Heffernan, Sen. Bryan Townsend and all the staff at DNREC who worked to make this legislation a reality. Our hope is that responsible companies are able to clean these abandoned brownfields and turn them into active industries, these sites could employ hundreds, even thousands, of Delawareans, offering good-paying jobs that could become careers for many. The process of remediating and building up an industry would mean more environmental cleaning and construction jobs.

Delaware Budget Watch 2017: Prevailing Wage Hurts Working Families

June 29– As a retired business agent for the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, I understand how removing prevailing wage rates only hurts working families.

Middle class families depend on those wages, eliminating them entirely is not helpful. Democrats have suggested, multiple times, to look at the prevailing wage survey process to find ways to better determine rates and make it a fair process, but that has been met with crickets from the other side of the aisle.

Republicans make statements that prevailing wage adds 30 percent to state projects, but that’s just not accurate. Here are some of the facts about prevailing wage in this video:

Removing Prevailing Wage Hurts Families

As a retired business agent for the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, I understand how removing prevailing wage rates only hurts #WorkingFamilies.Middle class families depend on those wages, eliminating them entirely is not helpful. Democrats have suggested, multiple times, to look at the prevailing wage survey process to find ways to better determine rates and make it a fair process, but that has been met with crickets from the other side of the aisle.Republicans make statements that prevailing wage adds 30 percent to state projects, but that's just not accurate. Here are some of the facts about #PrevailingWage in this video:#workers #jobs #netDE #FixTheProblem

Posted by Ed Osienski on Thursday, June 29, 2017

House Passes HB 190– The Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act

On June 20, the House passed my bill to establish a conversion permitting process that would allow for remediation and redevelopment of a limited number of abandoned heavy industry sites in Delaware’s coastal zone.

Only 14 specific sites — most of which are in northern NCCo — would be eligible for a conversion permit. Currently, nine of those sites are still in use, so they would not be suited for redevelopment. The potential sites comprise about 2% of the entire coastal zone.

After multiple conversations with several environmental advocates during the past month, we added several amendments to HB 190 to better clarify the process and ensure the preservation of Delaware’s pristine coastline while creating the opportunity for more good-paying jobs.

Under HB 190, an interested industry would need to clean the brownfield, following the Delaware Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act and removing pollution from the site. A new operator also would have to show that it has the financial backing and available funds to complete any future remedial action.

A company applying for a conversion permit would also have to submit a sea-level rise plan. Additionally, there would be restrictions on what types of industries could operate along the coast. Refineries processing crude oil, basic cellulose pulp paper mills, and incinerators would continue to be forbidden, as they have been since the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in 1971.

Read more about the original bill: http://bit.ly/2rA7qwL.

June 20: The Food Bank of Delaware is Honored at Legislative Hall

Food Bank of Delaware Honored

The Food Bank of Delaware plays such an integral role in our community, from helping kids have healthy meals after schools to guiding adults learning new culinary skills. All in all the organization helps about 17 percent of the state.I had a great time visiting with the staff and culinary students at Legislative Hall today and honoring the group on the House Floor.Want to learn more about the Food Bank? Check out this short video that features Patricia Beebe, president and CEO. #nutrition #healthDE #netDE

Posted by Ed Osienski on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Food Bank of Delaware plays such an integral role in our community, from helping kids have healthy meals after schools to guiding adults learning new culinary skills. All in all the organization helps about 17 percent of the state.

On June 20, the staff and culinary students visited Legislative and I had a great time honoring the group on the House Floor.

Want to learn more about the Food Bank? Check out this short video that features Patricia Beebe, president and CEO.

HB 190, the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, Is Released from the House Natural Resources Committee

Earlier this week, the House Natural Resources Committee released a bill I have been working on for three years to create a conversion permitting process for a limited number of sites in #Delaware's coastal zone. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and discussing this issue, trying to take into consideration the concerns that interested parties on all sides might have.I welcome input. I plan on continuing to meet and listen to groups and individuals in an inclusive, equitable and based on fact conversations throughout the legislative process. I welcome input from legislators and other interested persons and groups.This is not a slam dunk that companies will line up and open up plants. It creates a more viable opportunity for responsible companies to remediate and redevelop some of these unused brownfields and turn them into potential economic engines for our state, while still recognizing the importance of protecting our natural resources.#economy #jobs #innovation #environment

Posted by Ed Osienski on Friday, June 9, 2017

On June 7, the House Natural Resources Committee released a bill I have been working on for three years to create a conversion permitting process for a limited number of sites in Delaware‘s coastal zone. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and discussing this issue, trying to take into consideration the concerns that interested parties on all sides might have.

I welcome input. I plan on continuing to meet and listen to groups and individuals in an inclusive, equitable and based on fact conversations throughout the legislative process. I welcome input from legislators and other interested persons and groups.

This is not a slam dunk that companies will line up and open up plants. It creates a more viable opportunity for responsible companies to remediate and redevelop some of these unused brownfields and turn them into potential economic engines for our state, while still recognizing the importance of protecting our natural resources.

House Bill 190, the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, Is Introduced

On May 18, Sen. Bryan Townsend and I introduced legislation that would create a conversion permitting process to allow for remediation and redevelopment of a limited number of abandoned heavy industry sites along Delaware’s coastline for industrial use.

Our proposal would set a high bar for planning, remediation, and regulatory control. New industries could employ hundreds, even thousands, of residents and broaden our tax base.

At the same time, our bill includes a lot of environmental protections. An interested industry would need to clean the brownfield, following the Delaware HSCA law and removing pollution from the site. A new operator also would have to show that it has the financial backing and available funds to complete any future remedial action.

A company applying for a conversion permit would also have to submit a sea-level rise plan. Additionally, refineries processing crude oil, basic cellulose pulp paper mills, and incinerators would continue to be forbidden, as they have been since the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in 1971.

I realize our proposal will evoke strong opinions, and we know that this is a complex initiative that will require significant discussions in legislative hearings.

I would ask everyone to read our release for more information (http://bit.ly/2rA7qwL), read the bill (http://bit.ly/2rA9qoX) and please contact me with ideas you have. We have met and talked with numerous groups, and I intend to have an open dialogue with anyone willing to have conversations about this legislation.

2017 Marks DelDOT’s 100th Birthday!

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) turns 100 this year and on the House floor we thanked all of their employees for the work they do to keep us safe on the roads.

I was proud to sponsor two pieces of legislation to promote more efficiency within the department. One bill better defined DelDOT’s property rights and another addressed signing provisions for the DMV, to develop more efficient means of serving customers. Thank you to Secretary Cohen for her leadership and partnership!

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) turns 100 this year and on the House floor today we thanked all of their employees for the work they do to keep us safe on the roads. Before the tribute, we had a #transportation committee meeting and two of my bills were released. One bill better defined DelDOT's property rights and the other addressed signing provisions for the DMV, to develop more efficient means of serving customers. #netDE #jobs

Posted by Ed Osienski on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 2017: School Nutrition Employee Week

Healthy meals invigorate kids and help prepare them for the school day.

I’m happy that we had a chance to thank the employees who make those healthy meals for our children during the school day with a resolution to make the first week of May School Nutrition Employee Week. It’s important to get kids off to a good start during the school day – which is why I sponsored legislation that called for schools to offer a breakfast program for students.

Healthy meals invigorate kids and help prepare them for the school day.I'm happy that we had a chance to thank the employees who make those healthy meals for our children during the school day with a resolution to make it School Nutrition Employee Week. It's important to get kids off to a good start during the school day – which is why I sponsored legislation that called for schools to offer a breakfast program for students. #schoolmeals #SaveSchoolLunch

Posted by Ed Osienski on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Out in the Community: Governor Proclaims Feb. 2017 Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

Out in the community– I was pleased to join our Governor John Carney, Lt Governor Bethany Hall-Long, staff of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the students, Principal Michele Savage and staff of Shue-Medill Middle School this morning. We were there to witness the Governor sign his first Proclamation since taking office. The Proclamation declares February Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month.

Shue-Medill Middle School was chosen for this event due to their strong student leadership and commitment to promoting healthy relationships in their school, community and beyond. They achieve this by adopting and following the Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

– I have the right to privacy, both online and off
– I have the right to feel safe and respected
– I have the right to decide who to be friends with
– I have the right to decide who to date and if I want to date
– I have the right to set emotional, physical and digital boundaries in friendships and relationships
– I have the right to say no at anytime (to physical contact, alcohol, tobacco and drugs), even if I have said yes before
– I have the right to hang out with my friends and family and do things I enjoy, without my partner or friend getting jealous or controlling
– I have the right to end a relationship or friendship that isn’t healthy for me
– I have the right to live free from violence and abuse

For more info on healthy relationships visit, loveisrespect.com