This bill is a matter of some controversy throughout the Democratic Party, and we have had our own debates both pro and con here at Blue Delaware. (If you have not read the pieces by Cassandra and Delaware United’s Dustyn Thompson, stop what you are doing and read them now).
HB190 would amend the landmark environmental legislation called the Coastal Zone Act to allow for redevelopment of 14 heavy industrial sites, most of them in New Castle County, some of which are active sites and some of which are abandoned. The bill also would allow the bulk transfer of cargo like crude oil or raw chemicals by boat at sites that already have piers in place. To summarize the controversy, supporters say the bill would “modernize” the act, allowing for new jobs and economic development in the area, but opponents fear it would undermine protections against harmful pollution.
The bill advanced out of the House Resources Committee yesterday on a vote of 9-1. Reading the tea leaves here, it is likely to pass the House next week with all Republican votes and 10 or so Democratic votes.
Date Updated: 6/22/17
SPONSORS: Osienski, Townsend, Pettyjohn, Heffernan, Gray, Briggs King, Collins, Dukes, Hudson, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Postles, Potter, B. Short, D. Short, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick
YES VOTES – HOUSE: B.Short, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D.Short, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensley, Hudson, J.Johnson, Jaques, Keeley, Kenton, M.Smith, Matthews, Miro, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Potter, Q.Johnson, Ramone, Schwartskopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Wilson, Yearick.
NO VOTES – HOUSE: Baumbach, Bennett, K.Williams, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, Mitchell
YES VOTES – SENATE:
NO VOTES – SENATE:
HISTORY: Passed House 34-7. Placed in the Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee in Senate.
STATUS: Waiting on consideration in committee