Delaware lawmakers gather to convene new legislative session

Delaware lawmakers gather to convene new legislative session


DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are set convene this year's legislative session, facing several unresolved issues carried over from last year.

House and Senate members will gather Tuesday afternoon to open the 2020 session of the General Assembly. While some bills have already been filed in advance of the session, opening day is typically one marked by ceremony, rather than substance.

Among the issues expected to be discussed this year are Democratic proposals for more gun control restrictions, and a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

Reinstating the death penalty and raising Delaware's minimum wage to $15 an hour also were among ideas that were floated last year but gained little traction.

Meanwhile, revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years jumped by more than $200 million last month compared to September's estimates. That means lawmakers could have more latitude in deciding how, and how much, taxpayer money should be spent.

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