Legislative Update, January 11, 2021
The 151st Generally Assembly begins at noon tomorrow (January 12) at noon. To tune in to the House session, which begins at noon, or the Senate session, which begins at 2:00 p.m., you will find links on the main page of the General Assembly website at www.legis.delaware.gov.
We expect a $15 per hour minimum wage bill, paid family leave, and marijuana legalization and renewable energy legislation to be among some of the more prominent issues that this General Assembly will face.
For the time being, the legislature is slated to meet virtually. The Chamber will be monitoring legislative proposals and asking leadership and other legislators to focus on the core tasks that the legislature must complete, such as the operating and capital budgets, when they are in virtual session. Some bills require in-person public access to properly vet.
As soon as this afternoon the United States House of Representatives is expected to consider an article of impeachment directed at President Donald Trump relating to the events of January 6 at the United States Capitol.
According to the Wall Street Journal and the Bureau of Labor Statistics the December Jobs Report indicates the end of a 7-month run of job growth, following the catastrophic job loss of last spring. Employers cut 140,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent.