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Delaware's 150th General Assembly Gets Underway

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware's 150th General Assembly begins Tuesday in Dover.

There will be a lot of fresh faces this year. Nearly a quarter of the General Assembly's 62 members — three senators and 12 representatives — are completely new to the body and that doesn't count two senators who were formerly state representatives. Democrats now hold a 12-9 edge in the Senate and a 26-15 advantage in the House. The former Republican minority whips in both chambers were unseated in November by Democrats.

In December, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said it is important members get to know each other to build commonalities and forge relationships.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are expected to revisit several proposals that failed to gain much traction in last year's session, including legalizing recreational use of marijuana and prohibiting Delawareans from buying certain types of semiautomatic firearms.

Schwarzkopf also said some of the issues to be discussed this session include criminal justice reform, the state budget, and voting rights.

Each session consists of two "legs," meaning all bills still on the table when lawmakers break for the year on July 1 can be picked up again in January 2020 when the Legislature resumes.

The General Assembly is expected to gavel in around 2 p.m. in Dover.

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