Flag Lowering for the Victims of the Tragedy in Highland Park, IL

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of gun violence perpetrated on July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, President Biden has ordered flags at all U.S. government buildings and facilities be flown at half-staff until sunset on July 9, 2022. 
 
In concurrence with the President’s order, Governor Carney has ordered both the U.S. and Delaware flags at state buildings and facilities be flown at half-staff until sunset on July 9, 2022. 


Statement Regarding the Auditor of Accounts

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Office of Governor John Carney on Monday issued the following statement:

 

“The Auditor of Accounts has been found guilty by a jury of three misdemeanors. The Delaware Supreme Court has made it clear that under Article XV, Section 6 of the Delaware Constitution, addressing the removal of “any public officer convicted of misbehavior in office or of any infamous crime,” the Governor has no power to act until after the entry of a judgment of conviction by the Superior Court. (See Slawik v. Folsom, 410 A.2d 512 (Del. 1979). The Superior Court has not yet entered a judgement of conviction in the proceeding.

 

The Governor has indicated that he believes the Auditor cannot do her job effectively under the circumstances, and he understands that some in the Legislature have called for her immediate removal from office. However, it is the Governor’s responsibility under the law to await the final determination of the court and then to determine his constitutional obligations after the entry of judgment.”

  

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The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Smorgasbord” by Forest Z. Allread

On view from July 1-29, 2022

Wilmington, Del. (July 5, 2022) – The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery presents artist Forest Allread’s exhibition, Smorgasbord, running July 1 through 29, 2022. Guests are invited to attend a Meet-the-Artist Reception to be held Friday, July 8, from 5-7 p.m. as part of Art Loop Wilmington. 

“Visual art can provoke a viewer to encounter something strikingly raw and new,” says Allread. “Much like a wild animal revealing itself through a thicket of brush, this can sometimes be startling and mesmerizing at the same time.”

Allread may hope that Smorgasbord evokes those same feelings for its viewers. It is an exhibit of large-scale, mixed media paintings and small works employing digital illustration, photography, and animation techniques, and “…created through a mode of improvisation, head-scratching, and an insatiable appetite for painting playfully,” he says. 

 

 

Allread describes the work: “I like to think that each work feels ‘alive’ based on how it came to be.” In his works, Allread says he tries to utilize tactics that stop a viewer in their tracks and asks them to remain intimately connected. The artist has created imagery that seemingly shape-shifts into its own development, each piece showcasing its own trajectory to completion. Regions within the paintings are caked in layers of materials while other pockets remain unfinished. They invite the viewer to meander about surface textures, brush strokes, and unexpected pops of color. 

Normally used to label a buffet of foods or wide variety of something, Smorgasbord seems an apt description for Allread’s exhibit. “I’ve cooked up a variety of ingredients and churned out each work of art for Smorgasbord,” he says, “so feast your eyes upon it and indulge in the pleasure of viewing!”

“Painting for me is serious-fun,” says Allread. “A musical — and at times amusing — act of risk and play that never fails to provide for unexpected, delightful results.”

The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.

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Contact: Andrew Truscott, Program Officer, Marketing and Communications
302-577-8280, andrew.truscott@delaware.gov

The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.


Governor Carney Shares Highlights from Legislative Session

DOVER, Del. –  Governor John Carney on Friday reflected on legislative actions taken during the 151st session of the General Assembly.

“We’ve done a lot this legislative session to move the state forward,” said Governor Carney. “We’ve signed a sustainable budget. We prioritized gun safety. We’ve created a statewide paid family and medical leave plan. And we’ve supported Delawareans during tough financial times. I want to thank the General Assembly for their hard work this session.”

 

Sustainable Budget

  • Governor Carney signed a $5.0 billion Fiscal Year 2023 operating budget for the State of Delaware, a sustainable financial plan that makes investments in Delaware public schools and education programming.
  • Governor Carney signed a $378.6 million one-time supplemental appropriation which includes funding for the implementation of paid family leave, funding for the Library Connection program – which will connect school libraries with the Delaware library catalog – and various contingency mechanisms.
  • Governor Carney signed a $69.4 million grants-in-aid legislation that will provide funding for volunteer fire companies, public service ambulances and paramedic services and aging-related programs.
  • Governor Carney signed a $1.4 billion Capital budget that will benefit transportation systems, increase clean water investments and upgrade libraries, schools, courthouses and state buildings.

 

Gun Safety

 

 Supporting Delaware Families

  • Paid Leave for All Delaware Families: Governor Carney signed Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Bill 1 into law to create a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program, offering eligible Delaware workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to address a worker’s own serious health condition; to care for a family member with a serious health condition; to bond and care for a new child; or to address the impact of a family member’s military deployment. Statewide paid family and medical leave will go into effect for workers in Delaware on January 1, 2025.
  • $300 Direct Payments to Delawareans: Governor Carney signed House Bill 360 that sent $300 in direct payments to Delaware taxpayers and adults. The bipartisan tax rebate legislation, which will provide a total of $600 for married couples, is intended to help counter the impact of inflation on Delaware families.
  • Unemployment Tax Relief: Governor Carney signed House Bill 65 provided unemployment tax relief for Delawareans and businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation waived 2020 state income tax on unemployment benefits collected by Delawareans who lost a job or income over the course of the year.

 

Stronger Economy

  • Making Jobs a Priority: Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 127 which creates a Site Readiness Fund that will promote economic growth and stability by investing in the development or improvement of commercial and industrial sites to attract job-creating businesses. The Fund will provide grants, loans or other economic assistance to qualified businesses or local governments that invest in constructing, renovating or improving infrastructure for sites that will attract new businesses or expand existing businesses within the State.

 

Education

  • Expanding Opportunity Funding: Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 56 expanding and making permanent Delaware’s Opportunity Funding program. The weighted funding program provides direct, classroom-based support for low-income students and English learners. By Fiscal Year 2025, funding for the program would more than double to $60 million annually.
  • Waiving Tuition for Students who Age Out of Foster Care: Governor Carney signed House Bill 123, that creates the Delaware Fostering Independence Through Education Tuition Waiver Program to support students in foster care as they work toward a higher education degree. This new program requires Delaware State University, Delaware Tech Community College and the University of Delaware to waive all tuition and fees, including room and board, for any youth who has aged out or spent at least one year in foster care as a teenager.
  • Increasing Funding for Students K-3 Eligible for Basic Special Education Services: Governor Carney signed House Bill 86 which provides increased funding for students kindergarten through third grade identified as eligible for basic special education services.
  • Increasing Black History Education in Delaware Public Schools: Governor Carney signed House Bill 198, legislation that requires each school district and charter school serving K-12 students to provide instruction on Black history as part of all educational programming beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.

 

Prioritizing Delaware’s Health

  • Prohibiting Health Discrimination: Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 218 – the Living Donor Protection Act – that prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s status as a living organ or tissue donor in the offering, issuance, cancellation, coverage, price, or other condition of an insurance policy, including a life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance policy.
  • Expanding access to Telehealth: Governor Carney signed House Bill 160 which enhances Delawareans’ access to telehealth and telemedicine services and, through the adoption of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, ensures that telehealth services can be provided through qualified medical practitioners in a streamlined and efficient pathway to licensure that meets the health care delivery system needs of the 21st century.

 

Protecting Delaware’s Environment

  • Increasing Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 33 that will set Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard at 40 percent by 2035.
  • Clean Water for Delaware Act: Governor Carney signed House Bill 200, the Clean Water for Delaware Act, which creates a new Clean Water Trust to protect Delaware waterways and rebuild Delaware’s drinking water infrastructure with a focus on underserved communities.

 

Safe Communities

  • Body Cameras for Law Enforcement: Governor Carney signed House Bill 195 requiring police officers and certain employees of the Department of Correction and the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families to wear and use a body camera. Body cameras will be used to record interactions with members of the public in accordance with the regulations that will be established by the Council on Police Training.

 

Click here for photos from Legislative session.

  

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Governor Carney Signs Package of Gun Safety Legislation

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday signed a package of six gun safety bills surrounded by Members of the General Assembly, members of his Cabinet, advocates and community leaders. This package includes legislation that:

 

  • Bans the sale of assault weapons (HB 450)
  • Raises the age to purchase most firearms from 18 to 21 (HB 451)
  • Strengthens background checks by reinstituting the Firearm Transaction Approval Program (HB 423)
  • Limits high-capacity magazines (SS 1 for SB 6)
  • Holds gun manufacturers and dealers liable for reckless or negligent actions that lead to gun violence (SB 302)
  • Bans the use of devices that convert handguns into fully automatic weapons (SB 8)

 

“We have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like we’ve seen around the county from happening here in Delaware. We are not waiting to do what’s right – to take steps that will make our state safer,” said Governor Carney. “This historic gun safety legislation would not have been possible without the dedication of advocates who demanded action across our state. I’d like to thank members of the General Assembly for working to pass these bills before the end of session.”

 

“Delawareans across our state have demanded that we take action to reduce the gun violence and address the mass shootings gripping our nation,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola. “After several years of effort, we are finally fulfilling our promise to protect our communities and our children. I am proud of my colleagues for standing strong against the lobbying effort of the NRA to do what’s right for the safety of our families. Governor Carney and the advocates who have long worked to build consensus around this package of strong public safety bills deserve a tremendous amount of credit for raising the bar on responsible gun ownership in the First State.”

 

“It feels like every time there is another mass shooting in our country, people ask why aren’t we doing something to try to prevent these tragedies. Last month, two 18-year-olds purchases assault-style, semi-automatic rifles and used them to murder nearly 30 people. These are just the most recent high-profile mass shootings in America, and they once again shocked our national conscience,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst. “In Delaware, we have been a leader in strengthening background checks, closing the Charleston loophole, passing red flag laws, banning bump stocks and enacting other commonsense gun safety laws. This month, we showed again by our actions that we are a leader on this issue, passing a strong, comprehensive package of bills that will effectively end the sale, use and possession of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines in Delaware, raise the age to purchase firearms, hold gun dealers accountable for reckless actions, ban devices that will increase the rate at which weapons can be fired, and further strengthen our background check system. Taken together, these are some of the strongest gun safety laws in the nation and will help prevent future tragedies.”

 

“Advocates have organized around these specific policies for years,” said Traci Murphy, Executive Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. “Today is proof that we are most effective when we speak together with one powerful voice that says simply, enough. We thank the Governor and the General Assembly for standing with the majority of Delawareans and for prioritizing the lives of our children, the safety of our families, and the health of our communities.”

 

“Today, Governor Carney has made history by swiftly signing these common-sense bills into law. Brady is gratified to see Delaware become the first state to repeal a damaging gun industry immunity law with the enactment of the Keshall “KeKe” Anderson Safer Firearms Sales Act,” said Tanya Schardt, Senior Counsel and Director of State and Federal Policy at Brady. “This new law, in addition to the other life-saving policies included in these bills, will make Delaware a safer state for all of its residents and was made possible by the tireless work of grassroots activists across the state for many years.”

 

“Today, Delaware took another step forward to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who would do hard with them. This common-sense gun safety legislation will make Delaware a safer place to live, work, and go to school” said Delaware State Education Association President Stephanie Ingram. “Our schools and communities are safer thanks to the fast-acting work of our legislators.”

 

“This is a crucial moment for the gun violence prevention movement, and Delaware has met it with meaningful action,” said Monisha Henley, Senior Director of State Government Affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety. “I grew up in Wilmington. I saw firsthand the impact of this crisis on families and neighbors — and I know these bills will save lives, and ease the fear that my community experiences. Governor Carney, as one of those Wilmington neighbors, knows this too. I thank him for signing this important package, displaying his leadership and commitment to tackling this issue head-on.”

 

“After senseless mass shootings that continue to show up on the front pages, we are thankful that leaders like Governor Carney and groups like the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence are taking the initiative to protect our communities,” said Sean Holihan, Giffords State Legislative Director. “This legislation will help ensure that families will no longer have to fear grocery stores and that children will no longer fear classrooms. We thank the Governor, Speaker Schwartzkopf, President Pro Tempore Sokola, Majority Leaders Longhurst and Townsend, and Majority Whip Mitchell for their swift efforts to pass this package of legislation and urge elected officials in other states to follow their lead.”

 

“Less than a month after the March For Our Lives this year in D.C., historic change is coming to Delaware including the ban of sales of assault weapons, and returning the right of people in Delaware to hold gun manufactures accountable for their reckless, illegal and immoral behavior,” said Jasmine Minhas, March For Our Lives Delaware Organizer. “This proves that organizing works, that real change is possible, and that states will lead the way to safety. We thank Governor John Carney, the state Assembly and Senate, as well as everyone who has advocated tirelessly alongside the young people of Delaware for gun violence prevention in the state of Delaware. Together, we will save lives.”

 

“One thing is clear: Delaware has been made safer today with the signing of these bills,” said Mara Gorman, a volunteer with the Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our leaders in Delaware are heeding the call to act on our gun violence crisis.  This public safety package will keep guns out of the hands of individuals who shouldn’t have them, prohibit devices that make guns more deadly, and bring accountability to an industry that has helped prop up this gun violence crisis. We thank Governor Carney for taking action and signing these bills.”

 

Visit Governor Carney’s website to view photos from today’s bill signing.

Visit YouTube to watch today’s bill signing.