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Mon July 1, 2013

Delaware General Assembly Wraps Up Session With Major Legislation

Delaware Legislative Hall
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are bringing the gavel down on this year's legislative session, a session highlighted by gun control and gay marriage.

Lawmakers faced a relatively quiet final night Sunday, having earlier approved a $3.7 billion operating budget and a $477.8 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting Monday. 

Lawmakers spent Sunday night mostly addressing a series of also-ran measures left unresolved as they began their final working day.

In May, Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage.

The Democratic-led legislature also approved two gun-control measures proposed by Markell. One expands background checks to include most private sales.  The other requires the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.