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Proposed gun safety legislation was shelved this legislative session in Delaware.

This included a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons, requiring a permit and training course to purchase a firearm and a 15 round cap on magazines.

The measures stalled in committee as the group Delaware Gun Rights group held a rally outside Legislative Hall at the end of the session.

Among the featured speakers was Maryland Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis who has been an opponent of such laws in his state.

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Legislation approved by the Delaware state Senate would create a Universal Pre-K Consortium.

The group would develop a comprehensive plan for non-compulsory early education for 4-year-olds.

WBOC reports that Senate Education Committee Chair Laura Sturgeon said that research clearly shows those children benefit from the additional educational enrichment.

She noted that the First State ranks 38th in the nation for Pre-K.

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It was good night for Democrats in Delaware.

They expanded their majority in the General Assembly by taking one seat in the state Senate and one sat in the House.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that perhaps more significantly was the loss by the second highest ranking Republican in both chambers.

Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle was defeated by Democratic challenger Laura Sturgeon.

Former state prosecutor Krista Griffith defeated House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson.

That loss ending a 24-year career who was the longest serving member of the House.

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The battle for the Delaware state senate finds the GOP denouncing the Democratic candidate Laura Sturgeon over her residency claim in the district.

She is facing incumbent Republican Greg Lavell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state GOP says Sturgeon has handed out letters claiming she has lived in the district since she was a small child.

The paper reports that her parents have lived in the Greenville area for many years but that she moved to Newark while attending college in the 1990’s.