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Governor Carney Signs Legislation Banning Use of Chokeholds by Law EnforcementDate Posted: August 13, 2020
DNREC Sinks Ex-Navy and Army Freighter Turned Fishing Fleet Boat Reedville onto Delaware’s Artificial Reef SystemDate Posted: August 13, 2020
Wastewater, Surface Water and Drinking Water Planning Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted by DNREC, DPHDate Posted: August 12, 2020
State Treasurer Colleen Davis Marks #ABLEtoSave MonthDate Posted: August 12, 2020
Grand Jury Indicts Home Cleaning Service OwnerDate Posted: August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: August 11, 2020
Governor Carney, DSHA, New Castle County Announce $40 Million in Housing AssistanceDate Posted: August 10, 2020
EVENT CHANGE OF VENUE—Delaware’s 2020 Chautauqua changed to virtual formatDate Posted: August 10, 2020
K-5 Family Crisis Therapists Engage Families, Children This SummerDate Posted: August 10, 2020
Regulations That Can Increase Affordability Of Medications AnnouncedDate Posted: August 10, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: Delaware Cases, Recoveries and Deaths Remain Steady; Hospitalizations Continue to DeclineDate Posted: August 7, 2020
DNREC Offers Yard Waste Management Guidance for Debris from Tropical Storm IsaiasDate Posted: August 7, 2020
DNREC Coastal Cleanup Encourages Residents and Visitors to Clean Up Trash Close to HomeDate Posted: August 5, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: August 5, 2020
Important Insurance Reminders After Tropical Storm IsaiasDate Posted: August 5, 2020
Mysterious seeds continue to show up in Delaware mailboxesDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Coordinate Tropical Storm Response and RecoveryDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Delaware Schools May Open in Hybrid ScenarioDate Posted: August 4, 2020
El programa SNAP de Delaware emite beneficios de emergencia adicionales disponibles a partir del 31 de julioDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias Damage ReportingDate Posted: August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: August 4, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Tart” by Chloe McEldowneyDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Public comment sought for “Forest Action Plan”Date Posted: August 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Warning for DelawareDate Posted: August 3, 2020
DelDOT Advisory for Tropical Storm ImpactDate Posted: August 3, 2020
DNREC’s Basic Hunter Education Course Only Available Online and at No CostDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Governor Carney Creates Workforce Development Program for Unemployed and Underemployed DelawareansDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Navarro Urges Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm IsaiasDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program Issues Additional Emergency Benefits Available Starting July 31Date Posted: July 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: DPH Continues to Announce New Cases, Recoveries, and Deaths; Decline in HospitalizationsDate Posted: July 31, 2020
DNREC Lifts Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: July 31, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Will Decrease By $600 Per Week After August 1, 2020Date Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Young Environmentalists of the Year Announced at Delaware State FairDate Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Issues Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period Until Aug. 15 on Croda Permit ApplicationDate Posted: July 29, 2020
Division of the Arts Announces 2020 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist Virtual RetreatDate Posted: July 29, 2020
Incoming Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: July 29, 2020
State Auditor McGuiness Announces Creation of a National COVID-19 Data Quality Audit TemplateDate Posted: July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: July 28, 2020
Delawareans report receiving mysterious packages of plant seedsDate Posted: July 27, 2020
GACEC Director on Delmarva Life Speaking About ADA and Deldhub.comDate Posted: July 27, 2020
Public Health Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Attendees of Dover Church, Church ConferencesDate Posted: July 27, 2020
Governor Carney Signs 24th Modification to State of Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: July 24, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: DPH Announces New Cases, Identifies Additional Deaths Through Vital Records ReviewDate Posted: July 24, 2020
Delaware Residents Warned of Unclaimed Property ScamDate Posted: July 23, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Hall of Fame of Delaware Women Inductees for 2020 and 2021Date Posted: July 23, 2020
Treasurer Davis Urges Change to Protect Financial Freedom of People with DisabilitiesDate Posted: July 23, 2020
DNREC Announces Killens Pond State Park Water Park to Reopen Friday After Cleaning, Negative TestsDate Posted: July 23, 2020
DPH, Healthy Communities Delaware Announce Funding to Support Community-Level COVID-19 Response ProjectsDate Posted: July 23, 2020
The Delaware Department of Labor Issues Guidelines for Employers and Employees Regarding Returning to Work.Date Posted: July 22, 2020
DNREC Asking the Public to Report Sightings of Wild Turkeys During July and AugustDate Posted: July 22, 2020
Former Legislative Hall Employee Charged With Felony TheftDate Posted: July 21, 2020
Lifetime CDL Ban for Human Trafficking Conviction Signed Into LawDate Posted: July 21, 2020
ATLAS™ Website Launches to Help Delawareans Navigate to Appropriate Addiction TreatmentDate Posted: July 21, 2020
Delaware Department of Labor Announces Additional Extended Benefits for UnemploymentDate Posted: July 20, 2020
Commissioner Navarro Partners with Aquila to Distribute Overdose MedicationDate Posted: July 20, 2020
#MaskUpDEDate Posted: July 19, 2020
Governor Carney Urges Delawareans to Stay Safe During Excessive HeatDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Governor Carney on the Passing of Congressman John LewisDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Flag lowering for Rep. John LewisDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: Public Health Continues to Announce New Positive Cases; Hospitalizations, Deaths Remain SteadyDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Ex-daycare worker indicted for Murder, 52 counts of Child Abuse following infant homicide investigationDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Jennings announces settlement with Universal Health Services regarding allegations of improper admissions, dischargesDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Trinidad Navarro Statement on Signing of Telemedicine BillDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Killens Pond Water Park Closed Due to Staff Member With COVID-19 Positive TestDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Conservation Project Cleans Indian River and Expands Wildlife AreaDate Posted: July 16, 2020
Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Public CommentDate Posted: July 16, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Guidance for Reopening of Schools for 2020-21 Academic YearDate Posted: July 15, 2020
New Christina River Bridge at Wilmington Riverfront Dedicated to Former State Senator Margaret Rose HenryDate Posted: July 15, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Make Arrests in Wildlife Animal Cruelty CaseDate Posted: July 15, 2020
GACEC Launches New Disability WebsiteDate Posted: July 15, 2020
Public Health Announces Update to Statewide COVID-19 Testing PlanDate Posted: July 15, 2020
GACEC in honor of ADA’s 30th Year hosts Boundless A Musical Journey in ZoomDate Posted: July 15, 2020
Delaware Hunting Licenses and Conservation Access Passes Now Easier to Purchase OnlineDate Posted: July 14, 2020
State Treasurer Urges Caution to Those Making Withdrawals From Retirement FundsDate Posted: July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: July 14, 2020
Delaware Forest Service awards volunteer fire grantsDate Posted: July 13, 2020
Life Insurance Policy Locator finds over $3.5 Million for UsersDate Posted: July 13, 2020
Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse to be repaintedDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Four Delaware Arts Organizations Receive $50,000 in CARES Act FundingDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Public Health Announces 121 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 0 New DeathsDate Posted: July 10, 2020
DNREC Announces Killens Pond State Park Water Park to Open SaturdayDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Statewide Family Reentry Pilot Program LaunchedDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Public Health Announces 69 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: July 9, 2020
DSP Lt. Col. Melissa A. Zebley Named Superintendent Of Delaware State PoliceDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Flags to be lowered Friday, July 10 for passing of former Rep. Donald ClarkDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Delaware’s 2019-20 Deer Harvest Sets Record High; Wild Turkey Harvest State’s 4th Highest TotalDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Public Health Announces 48 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 1 New DeathDate Posted: July 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 121 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, Two New DeathsDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Changes at GACECDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Delaware Solar Installation Grant Incentive IncreasedDate Posted: July 7, 2020
DelDOT Marks Completion of Multiple Projects in First Half of 2020Date Posted: July 7, 2020
Emergency Sirens To Be TestedDate Posted: July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Delaware Coastal Cleanup – With Precautions – Set for Sept. 12 to Help Keep DE Litter FreeDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 165 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Delaware Libraries Celebrate National Summer Learning WeekDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Over $6 Million in 2016 Tax Refunds for Delawareans Still Available from IRSDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 132 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: July 5, 2020

Governor John Carney | Office of the Governor | Date Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

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HB 350 is part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’ ‘Justice for All’ Agenda
WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday signed House Bill 350, which bans the use of chokeholds by all law enforcement agencies in Delaware.
Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Senator Elizabeth Lockman are the prime sponsors of the legislation. The legislation is part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’ ‘Justice for All’ agenda, which was introduced following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Watch virtual signing ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.
“We have heard the voices calling for change and we are focused on taking meaningful action in Delaware,” said Governor Carney. “This legislation is an important part of a broader effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color following the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I want to thank members of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus for their leadership on issues around racial justice and law enforcement. Our work together will continue.”
House Bill 350 creates the crime of Aggravated Strangulation as a Class D felony. Under the legislation, a chokehold is only justifiable when a law enforcement officer reasonably believes deadly force is necessary to protect the life of a civilian or an officer.
In June, Governor Carney banned the use of chokeholds at State of Delaware law enforcement agencies by executive order. Governor Carney’s Executive Order #41 also requires additional de-escalation and implicit bias training; prohibits law enforcement from sharing mugshots of minors; increases the availability of crisis intervention services for officers; and requires transparency around use-of-force protocols.
“Aggravated strangulation is a crime when it causes unjustified physical harm or death. This new law is extremely needed given the pulse of our state and nation; it recognizes and embraces this very pivotal moment in our history to address systemic failures. Delaware will hold law-enforcement officers to the high standard in which they have been trained in police departments throughout our state,” said Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha. “This is an effort to save lives, and prevent potentially lethal interactions with law enforcement, thus providing greater security to our communities. House Bill 350 lays the foundation for broader reforms to advance systemic change; ensuring that ALL Delawareans are protected lawfully.”
“We hear far too often about ‘a few bad apples’ in our police agencies. And, far too often, we have seen those ‘few bad apples’ go unpunished, even when their actions result in the deaths of the very citizens they are sworn to protect,” said Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman. “Every time that happens, we are sowing the seeds of fear, hatred and mistrust. Communities of color and our allies, both here in Delaware and across the country, took to the streets after George Floyd’s death, specifically to demand an end to those injustices. This legislation makes it clear that these chokeholds are illegal and we will hold the officers who use them accountable in a court of law.”
“Nobody should be above the law; but neither can anyone be beneath justice,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “This is a real step forward for accountability in our state—one that codifies good work done by the Governor in his executive order and one that we owe to so many, including the sponsors of this bill and the advocates who have called for this reform and many others. We still have work left to do, but I am heartened by the progress we are making in Delaware and grateful to those who helped make it happen.”
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Governor John Carney | Office of the Governor | Date Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

[embedded content]
HB 350 is part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’ ‘Justice for All’ Agenda
WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday signed House Bill 350, which bans the use of chokeholds by all law enforcement agencies in Delaware.
Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Senator Elizabeth Lockman are the prime sponsors of the legislation. The legislation is part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’ ‘Justice for All’ agenda, which was introduced following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Watch virtual signing ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.
“We have heard the voices calling for change and we are focused on taking meaningful action in Delaware,” said Governor Carney. “This legislation is an important part of a broader effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color following the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I want to thank members of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus for their leadership on issues around racial justice and law enforcement. Our work together will continue.”
House Bill 350 creates the crime of Aggravated Strangulation as a Class D felony. Under the legislation, a chokehold is only justifiable when a law enforcement officer reasonably believes deadly force is necessary to protect the life of a civilian or an officer.
In June, Governor Carney banned the use of chokeholds at State of Delaware law enforcement agencies by executive order. Governor Carney’s Executive Order #41 also requires additional de-escalation and implicit bias training; prohibits law enforcement from sharing mugshots of minors; increases the availability of crisis intervention services for officers; and requires transparency around use-of-force protocols.
“Aggravated strangulation is a crime when it causes unjustified physical harm or death. This new law is extremely needed given the pulse of our state and nation; it recognizes and embraces this very pivotal moment in our history to address systemic failures. Delaware will hold law-enforcement officers to the high standard in which they have been trained in police departments throughout our state,” said Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha. “This is an effort to save lives, and prevent potentially lethal interactions with law enforcement, thus providing greater security to our communities. House Bill 350 lays the foundation for broader reforms to advance systemic change; ensuring that ALL Delawareans are protected lawfully.”
“We hear far too often about ‘a few bad apples’ in our police agencies. And, far too often, we have seen those ‘few bad apples’ go unpunished, even when their actions result in the deaths of the very citizens they are sworn to protect,” said Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman. “Every time that happens, we are sowing the seeds of fear, hatred and mistrust. Communities of color and our allies, both here in Delaware and across the country, took to the streets after George Floyd’s death, specifically to demand an end to those injustices. This legislation makes it clear that these chokeholds are illegal and we will hold the officers who use them accountable in a court of law.”
“Nobody should be above the law; but neither can anyone be beneath justice,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “This is a real step forward for accountability in our state—one that codifies good work done by the Governor in his executive order and one that we owe to so many, including the sponsors of this bill and the advocates who have called for this reform and many others. We still have work left to do, but I am heartened by the progress we are making in Delaware and grateful to those who helped make it happen.”
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