WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will soon be allowed to compete against one another online.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a multi-state Internet gambling agreement on Tuesday that establishes a legal framework allowing residents of the two states to play online poker against each other.
The agreement also allows other states to join the agreement with the approval of existing members.
Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is expected to get a challenge from Governor Jack Markell’s policy director.
Sean Barney officially jumped into the race against the embattle official who saw the governor sign into law last week a measure that gives power over the state’s $2 billion cash portfolio to an appointed board instead of Flowers.
Barney told WDEL that he wants to restore integrity to the office.
And Markell issued a statement calling Barney a valuable member and respects his decision to run but added he will not endorse anyone in the primary.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget-writing committee is set to begin its review of Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday for an overview of the budget proposal and the state's revenues. The panel will then spend the next four weeks on an agency-by-agency review of Markell's proposed budget.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a state operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that is 3 percent higher than this year's budget and includes a pay raise for Delaware's state government workers.
The budget increase Markell proposed on Thursday is only slightly smaller than the 3.5 percent budget growth he proposed last year for the current budget.
Markell is asking lawmakers to approve a $3.83 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining local education officials to celebrate the recognition of the Charter School of Wilmington as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Markell planned to join Wilmington Charter president Samuel Paoli, Red Clay district superintendent Merv Daugherty and faculty and students on Friday to celebrate the award by the U.S. Department of Education.
The blue ribbon program recognizes public and private schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in academic achievement.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill raising Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.
Democrats propose raising the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on June 1, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.
Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet. Opponents argue it will lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and result in fewer hires.
Minority Republicans have proposed delaying the start of the increases by six months.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to discuss a bill stating that Delaware's treasurer has no direct control over the state's $2 billion cash management portfolio.
The bill, which was quickly tabled after being introduced last year, was scheduled for a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.
State treasurer Chip Flowers, who has repeatedly clashed with Delaware's Cash Management Policy Board over who controls the portfolio, planned a news conference Wednesday in advance of the committee hearing to speak against the legislation.
BEAR, Del. (AP) - A task force studying Delaware's civil mental health laws is finishing up its work in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a report with its full findings to the General Assembly and the governor.
Among the issues that have been examined by the task force, which meets Tuesday, are immunity provisions regarding involuntary mental health commitments. The immunity provision were the subject of a task force report that was due earlier this year and which was followed with legislation signed by Gov. Jack Markell in March.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware politicians say honoring the state's military veterans means much more than paying tributes on Veterans Day.
Gov. Jack Markell and members of Delaware's congressional delegation joined other officials Monday for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the foot of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
The elected officials sounded a common theme, saying Delawareans must do what they can to help veterans after they leave military service. That includes helping them find civilian jobs and taking care of homeless veterans.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elected officials are joining with veterans groups for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony in New Castle.
Gov. Jack Markell planned to join all three members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Monday for the ceremony at the foot of the Delaware Memorial Bridge honoring the military service of America's veterans.
The National Veterans Day Committee in Washington has designated Veterans Day in New Castle as a National Veterans Day Regional Site for the nation's 60th annual Veterans Day celebration.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in national education summit in New York.
Markell was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on teacher training Monday afternoon during the 2013 NBC News Education Nation Summit at the New York Public Library.
Markell also was to be interviewed earlier in the day about increasing early learning opportunities in advance of a panel discussion including Harriet Dichter, executive director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning.