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Budget Uncertainty, Gun Safety And Gay Marriage Key Del. Issues

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Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D) Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D)

DOVER, Del. - It's an ever revolving door for the Delaware legislators.

"It just seems like every other day now something else rises to the top," said Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D) about bills and issues facing the 147th General Assembly.

But even as new issues come to the forefront, change may be coming to the First State.

"I've got 41 people in the House [and] they have 41 different backgrounds, 41 different mentalities and different ideas and issues that are important to them," said Schwartzkopf.

For some, the issue is marriage equality.

"I think that's a very important issue," said Del. Michael Barbieri (D-18). "I think we took strides moving forward and now is the next step."

For others, it's school safety and gun control.

"We're looking for a whole comprehensive package to do what was really intended in the beginning, which was to provide safety for our kids in schools, the parents and the teachers there," said House Minority Leader Dan Short (R-39).

But with uncertainty in Washington over the debt ceiling, some issues may be put on the back burner, which includes job revitalization throughout the state.

"That overshadows everything when it comes to planning our budget," said Del. Schwartzkopf. "We have no clue what they are doing over there and I don't think they have as clue what they're doing over there right now."

Del. Short said about jobs that "if you want to see the impact you need to come to Seaford ill show you a plant [DuPont] that used to have a parking lot with over 3000 spots and there's only 100 there now."

Other issues known in Delaware are sunset provision for taxes, the issue with the veterans and the slots and the possibility of looking at the death penalty.
   

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