Delaware Politics

Marijuana Decriminalization Released from Committee, Bill Proposed to Reduce ‘Pay to Play’ and More

As this legislative session gets closer to the end, some final bills get introduced and make progress in Delaware’s General Assembly.

Marijuana decriminalization has left a house committee and is bound for the house for consideration.  The bill would make possessing an ounce or less of marijuana punishable by a $250 civil fine.  Currently, possessing marijuana is punishable by up to $1150 in fines and up to six months in jail.


Another bill aimed at correcting the “pay to play” culture in Delaware politics has been proposed.  The bill proposed by Representative Deborah Hudson would ban campaign contributions from corporate entities.  So far, none of the recommendations made by Norman Veasey have been passed.


There could be a change coming to teacher salaries. Senate Bill 254 aims to create a career pathway establishing leadership positions which teachers could fill without leaving a classroom.  It also prevents teachers from being selected for promotions just on tenure or degrees.



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