What the 150th General Assembly will bring to the table for Sussex County
Posted: Jan 9, 2019 1:38 AM
By Mallory Metzner
(DOVER, Del.) - Delaware Lawmakers are back in session for the 150th General Assembly. This assembly is expected to modify old laws as the National Government makes changes. New bills will be introduced to strengthen the infrastructure and environment in Sussex County.
12 new representatives and 3 new senators join Delaware's re-elected lawmakers to tackle old business.
Senator Ernie Lopez hopes to see legislators pursue Governor Carney's Budget Smoothing Bill once more. "I think bringing the budget smoothing bill, House Bill 440 that came up in the last session and making sure that a similar piece of legislation gets introduced to make sure that we're in a good place financially going forward."
Senator Lopez who serves the 6th district which includes parts of Sussex county says that the last session was particularly beneficial for the environment of Sussex county with the ban on offshore drilling being passed and he says this year lawmakers are looking at the possibility of strengthening that bill and continuing to push for growth within the county. "It seems as though the Trump administration is continuing to continue to move forward in regards to oil expiration off the east coast so looking at ways in which we may have to modify the legislation from last year to strengthen it for Delawareans," he explains.
Speaker of the House, Representative Pete Scwartzkopf agrees that the assembly stands strong against offshore drilling despite bringing in new members. "We're also against the sonic testing. There's a group that's organizing right now to fight it and I'm part of that group," says Schwartzkopf.
Like Lopez, Scwartzkopf sees the budget smoothing bill coming back up again, but he's not too optimistic. "I don't know that it gets out of committee this year. I mean the only reason it wasn't run last year was because the only way it could get the vote it needed was to put amendments on it that weakened it so much you might as well not run the bill," Schwartzkopf says.
The 150th Delaware General Assembly runs through June 30th 2020.