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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.

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