Delaware lawmakers meet for first legislative session of the year

 Rep. David Bentz takes the oath of office adminstered by Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland. Bentz's wife Sara holds the Bible. (photo courtesy Doug Denison)

Rep. David Bentz takes the oath of office adminstered by Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland. Bentz's wife Sara holds the Bible. (photo courtesy Doug Denison)

Delaware’s elected leaders began the first legislative session of the year Monday, which was mostly ceremonial, at Legislative Hall in Dover.

The House began with the swearing in of Rep. David Bentz, D-Newark, who won a special election in September to fill the seat of former representative Michael Barbieri.

Barbieri, who attended the swearing in, resigned in August to become the new director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the Department of Health and Social Services.

Wilmington Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha and twin brother Albert Mills were honored as Delaware’s 17th Poets Laureate. Known as the Twin Brothers, they performed a spoken word piece encouraging children to focus on their education.

The legislature will reconvene Wednesday and continue through June 30, when the state’s budget is voted on. 

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