New Delaware laws you need to know about for 2024

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A number of bills in Delaware have been signed into law in recent months that are either in effect ahead of the New Year or will be shortly after 2024 begins.

The new laws cover a wide range of topics including a minimum wage increase, raises for teachers, new gun laws and legalized marijuana.

Here’s what you need to know:

Marijuana legalization: House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 became law without Gov. John Carney’s signature. The two pieces of legislation remove all state-level civil and criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession and create a highly regulated industry to conduct recreational marijuana sales in Delaware.

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Minimum wage increase: The minimum wage in Delaware will increase to $13.25 per hour in 2024, and will increase again to $15.00 per hour in 2025.

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Raises for teachers: The FY24 budget included a 9 percent pay raise for classroom teachers, and a 3 percent raise for all of those who work in public education.

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Roadway safety: Six pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Carney included a bill to:

Curb speeding and reckless driving

Expand “Move Over” protections

Require helmets in the first two years of a motorcycle license

Strengthen child safety seat requirements

Enable green lights on snow plows to increase visibility

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Guns banned at polling stations: A new law bans guns at polling stations in Delaware except for: limits those individuals who may possess a firearm at a polling place on an Election Day to the following: (1) law enforcement officers, (2) commissioned security guards acting in their official capacity, (3) constables acting in their official capacity, and (4) active-duty members of the United States Armed Forces and Delaware National Guard acting in their official capacity.

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School gun ban: A new law makes it a crime for a person to possess a firearm in a Safe School and Recreation Zone except a police officer or a constable or active-duty member of the armed forces who is acting in an official capacity within the Safe School and Recreation Zone.

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Automatic voter registration: Every person who completes an in-person or online application for the issuance or renewal of their Delaware driver license, learner permit, or identification card or completes an in-person or online application to change their name or address on these documents, and is not already registered to vote, is of sufficient age, and whose citizenship status has been confirmed by the DMV, is automatically registered to vote by the DOE.

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Electric vehicle rebate program: The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provides incentives for Delawareans and Delaware businesses to buy or lease new battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Right to representation during eviction: The new budget includes funding to support a tenant’s right to representation in eviction proceedings.

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State employee bereavement: A new law provides Delaware state employees who suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth or other loss, a maximum of 5 days of paid bereavement leave.

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Greenhouse gas legislation: A new law establishes a statutory target of greenhouse gas emissions reductions over the medium and long term to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions on the State.

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