State legislators head back to work


The Delaware General Assembly opened session in Dover last week (Jan. 11), amidst ceremonial swearings-in and a musical offering from Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students.
Special to the Coastal Point • SUBMITTED: At a Legislative Hall press conference, State Rep. Donna Stone and Delaware Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn discuss a new bill intended to curtail the number of motorists driving uninsured cars on Delaware roads.Special to the Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
At a Legislative Hall press conference, State Rep. Donna Stone and Delaware Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn discuss a new bill intended to curtail the number of motorists driving uninsured cars on Delaware roads.

This year’s legislative body should look familiar — the state Senate remained the same through November elections and in the House of Representatives, only five out of 41 seats changed hands.

Sussex County voters returned all their incumbents.

The Senate consists of 13 Democrats and eight Republicans.
The House remains Republican (26-15), despite four out of the five new seats going to Democrats. Three of those seats went to women, bringing the male-female ratio to 41-21.

• Speaker of the House Terry Spence (R-18th district) anticipated public safety and the state correctional system would top the agenda this session.

• Rep. Donna Stone (R-32nd district) and incoming Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn talked about a bill to crack down on uninsured motorists (by confiscating license plates).

• Rep. Roger Roy (R-20th district) reinitiated a bill from last session, aimed at eliminating taxes on Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service and any other new high-speed Internet services that might come along.