Category Archives: Delaware

Delaware Officially Assumes Animal Control Duties

The State of Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) announced on Wednesday that its newly-created enforcement unit, known as Delaware Animal Services (DAS), will gradually assume animal control duties statewide. The reversal of state policy comes after after decades of subcontracting animal control services and de facto delegation of authority to private agencies. Effective immediately, Delaware Animal Services will manage all reports of animal cruelty and cases of human exposure to the rabies virus. The program offers a new hotline, 302-255-4646 and email at: DelawareAnimalServices@state.de.us, to report such incidents. The transition comes after the former private contractor, First State Animal Shelter and SPCA based in Camden Delaware announced earlier that it will terminate its contracts with the State of Delaware as in September 15. Read more

Independent Report Assesses Delaware’s Spending and Revenue Situation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An independent report has assessed the State of Delaware’s spending and revenue patterns and its possible impact in the context of the general economy. The non-partisan 27-page report, Delaware’s Structural Budget Problem: Causes, Potential Solutions, and Policy Tradeoffs, prepared by Michael C. Genest and Brad D. Williams of Capital Matrix Consulting, was commissioned by the Delaware Business Roundtable in an effort to offer constructive suggestions for the state’s budgetary and revenue raising processes. Well-illustrated with graphs, charts and tables. the study also illustrates some key state spending parameters and its analysis raises serious questions on how the State of Delaware raises and spends money in light of the current economy. Highlights include: • Delaware’s revenue portfolio is generally poorly structured. Read more

Governor Vetoes HB 130: Sexual Contact Legislation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on strongly-worded legal and constitutional grounds, has vetoed HB 130, bill that would have made sexual contact between consenting adults a felony level offense, earlier today. The bill specifically applied to health care professional/patient relationships during the course of treatment, but it failed to differentiate between consensual and non-consensual sex. It would have made it a Class F felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment with an automatic loss of professional license upon conviction. The Governor , in support of his veto, has issued the following statement: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ August 17, 2015 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Pursuant to Article Read more