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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.