The Delaware legislature is in the home stretch for passing a budget and a slew of bills that could become law before the June 30th finish. This week the landmark Beau Biden gun bill was signed into law. The gun debate is one of the items that make up our First Look.
Discussing the second amendment
We sat down with Republican state representative Jeff Spiegelman who represents parts of Smyrna, Clayton, and Middletown on why he is passionate about the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.
Equal rights law
Another landmark issue for this session is an equal rights amendment to the state constitution. Representative Valerie Longhurst pushed this proposal through the House. In the Senate, Stephanie Hansen is helping lead the charge. We asked Hansen, isn’t equal rights between the sexes already a law?
Another issue facing the General Assembly is a bill that could help both men and women diagnosed with a disease that affects their fertility. We looked into what the proposed law would bring while also raising awareness about infertility.
There will be turnover in the next legislative session. A number of long time members of both parties and in both chambers have said this is the end of their careers. We sat down with two outgoing lawmakers, State. Sen. Gary Simpson, a Republican, and state Rep. J.J. Johnson, a Democrat. To start our conversation, we look back at memories of the first bill they introduced, and some of the good-natured ribbing that went with it.
Get the Look
When you think of a barber, the image of a man probably comes to mind, right? But today’s barbering industry is no longer a man’s world. But for Delaware’s self-proclaimed first female barber, it’s been a battle. She’s okay with taking the hits and blazing the way for other women.
First Experience: Deborah Johnson
For the sake of our First Experience this week we’re going to label artist Deborah Johnson as a ‘Jane of all trades.’ She has worked with clay, fiber, painting and glass, and it was her glass paintings that grabbed our attention. Johnson uses tiny beaded glass to “sort of” paint an image onto another piece of glass before sending it into the kiln. That’s where it all bakes together into one piece of art. Let’s head to Magnolia for a look.