House Majority Caucus (D) Update

Single-Payer Healthcare Bill Stricken Legislation that would create a single-payer healthcare system in Delaware was stricken this week after opponents misinterpreted the intent behind the filing of the legislation.When House Bill 392 was filed earlier this month, lead sponsor Rep. John Kowalko said that he had no intention of moving forward with the legislation, but simply wanted to start a public dialogue on the issue. Opponents believed that the bill was being rushed through the General Assembly, even after House Majority Leader Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf – who helps set the agenda – stated publicly that the bill would not be worked this year. To quell these concerns, Rep. Kowalko struck HB 392, which means that the legislation no longer exists and cannot be revisited. The legislative session ends on June 30, at which point no new legislation can be introduced. Note from me:  We stated that this bill had little chance of passage this year.  This explanation is cover for the fact this bill has become a lightning rod.   It called cutting your losses.  It is a victory for the good guys.  Don’t let these folks off the hook.  It will be back if we don’t slam the door shut by taking it to the people.
Child Abuse Bill on its Way to Governor
Recognizing the critical need to protect children from abuse and neglect, legislation creating tougher penalties against child abusers has overwhelmingly passed both houses of Delaware’s General Assembly. Senate Bill 234 creates the offense of Child Abuse in three levels: *First Degree Child Abuse: Individuals convicted of recklessly or intentionally causing serious physical injuries to a child will face a maximum of 25 years in prison. *Second Degree Child Abuse: Adds additional protections for the most vulnerable children by providing a maximum two-year jail term for those who injure children aged three and under or children who have significant intellectual or developmental disabilities. *Third Degree Child Abuse: Causing physical injury to a child will carry a maximum prison term of one year and a maximum fine of $3,200. Rep. Rebecca Walker, who was the lead House sponsor, is an emergency room nurse and has seen multiple cases of child abuse firsthand – children with broken bones, punctured organs and burns. She noted that up until now, there has been a gap in our criminal code that many of these child abuse cases she has seen have slipped through. Rep. Walker said that this new law, which was drafted by Attorney General Beau Biden, will protect all children from the lifelong and possibly deadly consequences of these vicious acts. National data shows that child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. About 80 percent of 21-year-olds who were abused as children meet criteria for at least one psychological disorder, and roughly 30 percent of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own kids. Child sexual abuse is similarly widespread, as one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. Each day across the United States, more than five children lose their lives to abuse. Most of those victims are under the age of four. Note from me: Every act Rep. Walker discussed was already illegal and is not penalized more harshly under this bill.  Here is the roll call. We picked up 4 Democrats in opposition. Bill Restoring Voting Rights Passes GA The General Assembly passed the first leg of a constitutional amendment this week that would allow eligible felons to vote after completing their sentences instead of having to way for an additional five years. House Bill 9 would eliminate a five-year waiting period that eligible felons who have fully discharged their sentences must endure before they can have their voting rights restored. Lead sponsor Rep. Helene Keeley took up the issue this session in honor of the late Rep. Hazel Plant, who herself pushed the legislation on behalf of her late husband, former Rep. Al O. Plant. The bill does not change existing exemptions in the state constitution preventing a person from regaining their voting rights. Persons convicted of crimes such as murder, manslaughter, felony sex offenses or felony crimes against public administration, such as bribery, still would not be able to have their voting rights restored. An identical version of the bill must pass in the 147th General Assembly, which would begin in January 2013, for the constitutional change to take effect.
Governor Signs Bill Limiting Payday Loans
Surrounded by legislators and advocates, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation this week that limits borrowers to taking out five payday loans of $1,000 or less in any 12-month period. Rep. Helene Keeley (third from left) was the lead sponsor of House Bill 289, which also creates a database to track the number of payday loans a person has obtained. Many of the annual percentage rates for payday loans commonly run in excess of 400 percent, and many who take out loans are forced to repeatedly take out and roll over loans because they can’t pay them off, which often leads to them defaulting. Thirteen other states outright prohibit payday loans, while another 21 states prohibit payday loan rollovers. Thirteen states have statewide databases to track payday loans. Note from me: So now our state government (PDRD)  is out right data basing and tracking your private financial information for the purpose of controlling your ability to engage in commerce that it doesn’t approve, I can think of a lot less privacy invading ways to accomplish this objective.

7 thoughts on “House Majority Caucus (D) Update”

  1. Perhaps Democrats will wake up to the payday loan outlook of our federal budgets. Take in 16-17% and spend 25% is not wise and is dumber than payday loans. Of course the tax and spend habits of the D’s will never change.

    The problem is long as productive people have paydays the D’s will suck the money out of your wallet and purse before you can get to it.
    Mike Protack

  2. The (R)s sucked a lot my money out of my wallet for Afghanistan and especially Iraq.

    I don’t challenge your assertion about sucking money out of my wallet. But your assertion that it’s just the (D)s fails. Of course since you are an (R) why would throw stones at yourself?

  3. The funny thing is that the biggest suction of dollars out of Mike Protack’s wallet was his private-sector employer screwing him out of his pension. He’s been trying to get himself into the public sector — the one he hates so passionately — ever since.

    Go get em, Sky Hypocrite.

  4. Well as a union employee, I am sure Mike and his kind were gouging the airline anyway with all the benefits they negoitiate before. And of course, we the flying public had to pay for all their excesses. I wonder if Mike would have gotten religion had he not lost a chunk of his retirement?

  5. Ennis, Jaques, Kowalko and Osienski must be thrown out of office for playing around with something so dangerous. Clearly they have no common sense. The ends of their political careers is the only appropriate answer. Let their names never be spoken again except in ridicule as the dumbest Democrats since Ruth Ann Minner. The Delaware Health Security Authority? Who thought that sounded good? Next time you guys have an idea….flush.

  6. The problem with the whole payday loan legislation is it doesn’t deal with the real problem which is the high interest rate. People will get into trouble with 1 loan if they can’t pay it back with interest rates at 500%+. The Democrats passed something so they can keep track of the borrower’s personal information and so they can say that they did something about those mean, bad payday loan companies. It will probably force a few small companies to close because they can’t loan out as much money next year, so that’s a few more people out of work. If they really wanted to do something about the payday loan problems, deal with the interest rates those companies charge.

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