Posted on 06-20-2021

New State Operating Budget Introduced
State Revenue Increases Again in Latest Forecast
House Agenda for Tuesday Posted
Two Major Money Bills Filed
Two major appropriations bills were filed in the House of Representatives today (6/18). The first is House Bill 250, the new state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins July 1. The $4.771 billion General Fund budget is $246 million more than the one it will replace (a 5.43% increase).
Also introduced today was a companion supplemental appropriations bill, House Bill 251, containing $221.1 million in additional “one-time” spending.
Both bills are on the House Agenda for Tuesday.
State Revenues Rise Again
State officials received some welcome news today (6/18) as the non-partisan group responsible for estimating state revenue met and issued their last projection of the current fiscal year.
According to the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC), the amount of spendable cash (98% appropriations limit) available to lawmakers for the upcoming fiscal year increased by $71.5 million when compared to the previous forecast issued last month. This figure has risen $1.025 billion since October, 2020.
House Agenda for Tuesday Posted
The House of Representatives is expected to work bills on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.
The House Agenda for Tuesday, June 22 is posted. In addition to two major funding bills (see above), the agenda contains 10 other items and a separate Consent Agenda with 12 bills. Among the proposals on the main agenda are measures dealing with the maintenance of manufactured home communities, an expansion of the Delaware Student Excellence Equals Degree (SEED) Act, and the publishing of complaints made against police officers.
Controversial bills to limit the capacity of firearm magazines, require Delawareans to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun, and legalize recreational marijuana remain on the House Ready List.
All the floor proceedings will be streamed live and can be accessed here.