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.

Newark Train Station Project Receives TIGER IV Grant

Rep. Osienski was on hand to hear the exciting news that Delaware has received a $10 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER IV grant for the Newark Regional Transportation Center Station Improvement Project. The grant will enable the transformation of the Newark Train Station into a multi-modal hub.

FMC BioPolymer Celebrates 50 Years in Newark

Representative Osienski attended the FMC BioPolymer 50 year anniversary at their Newark plant. FMC is a great example of how a local manufacturing facility can be successful in Delaware. In fact, they are so successful that they are currently expanding and adding new jobs in Newark.

Ed is also a member of the FMC Community Advisory Panel.

House Concurrent Resolution 49 Honors Food Bank of DE

Representative Ed Osienski sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 49, honoring the Food Bank of Delaware. The Food Bank does amazing work in the 24th District and across the state.

Please consider donating non-perishable food items to the Food Bank to help the hungry in Delaware.

House Bill 314 Passes the House

May 15, 2012– House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski, has passed the House of Representatives. The bill deletes all references in the Delaware Code to the Margaret S. Sterck School for the Deaf and now references the Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind.

Rep. Osienski speaks on behalf of HB 314