Posted: April 10, 2003
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ANNOUNCED
DOVER -- Governor Ruth Ann
Minner on Thursday released her 2003 legislative agenda, which
includes industrial responsibility measures, the creation of a
permanent group to address cancer, anti-gang and anti-stalking bills
and campaign finance reform.
“Taken together, they are
the primary ways I’d like to work with the General Assembly – in
tight economic times – to improve the environment, the public
safety, the economy, the government and the lives of the people of
Delaware,” Gov. Minner said in a Legislative Hall news conference.
Some of the items on the Governor’s
agenda had been mentioned in her State of the State address in
January, including: holding industrial officials liable for
statements regarding the safety of their plants; changes to the
state’s Land Use Planning Act to make it more proactive; lowering
the legal blood alcohol limit while driving to .08 percent, banning
open containers of alcohol from vehicles; and creation of a
“technology court” to adjudicate highly-technical corporate
Gov. Minner released details
Thursday of her proposal to reform campaign financing in Delaware,
targeting “independent expenditures” that have been used to promote
or attack candidates under the guise of a neutral-sounding
organization actually funded by special interests.
“I will ask the General
Assembly to pass legislation designed to reveal who is really paying
for anonymous campaign ads, and to ensure that candidates are not
using these anonymous ads to bypass campaign contribution limits,”
Gov. Minner said.
Among the new legislative
initiatives the Governor announced: creating a Cancer Consortium to
oversee and implement the Governor’s efforts to reduce cancers
rates; creating new anti-gang laws; strengthening laws against
stalking; protecting “whistleblowers” in state government and the
privacy of state web site users; and new protections for senior
citizens who are defrauded and for mobile home park residents.
The Governor also will
propose a series of marketing tools Delaware’s three casinos could
use to make them more competitive as slots are added in surrounding
states. This will come as an amendment to previously introduced
legislation, adding hours and machines at the casinos as part of the
Governor’s budget package.
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