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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Senate has approved a bill repealing a lodging tax authorization law that prompted conflict-of-interest concerns after its enactment.

Sen. Trey Paradee, a Dover-area Democrat, is the sponsor of both last year's authorization measure and its repeal.

He told lawmakers Thursday that he never discussed the tax bill with any relatives before its passage, and that no one in his family advocated for it.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Senate committee is set to discuss a bill filed by a Delaware lawmaker to repeal a lodging tax authorization measure that he sponsored last year.

The bill to be considered Wednesday repeals the authority granted by state lawmakers to allow Kent County elected officials to impose a lodging tax of up to 3 percent.

All the revenue generated by the tax, which was never implemented by local officials…would have gone to the Kent County Regional Sports Complex Corporation, also known as DE Turf. 

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A discussion of the DE Turf hotel Tax has been put off by the Kent County Levy Court.

The decision by the county governing body was made upon request by state Senator Trey Paradee.

He said he was going to introduce legislation that would keep the DE Turf sports complex from being the sole recipient of the funds generated by the hotel tax.

The tax became embroiled in controversy when the governor’s office refused to say if his sister was involved in the legal evaluation of the tax.

Paradee’s brother also sits on the board for the DE Turf sports complex.

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There was no comment yesterday from Delaware Governor John Carney’s office in a question about Jaqueline Mette’s involvement a legal review of her brother’s Turf Hotel Tax.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mette serves on the governor’s four-person legal team that reviews legislation approved by the General Assembly.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware has cut more than $14,000 in state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society over the Confederate flag and monument at the group's museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports legislators unanimously nixed the nonprofit's award on the last day of the legislative session. Democratic Sen. Trey Paradee proposed the group lose the funds. He said in a statement that he doesn't want to support organizations that celebrate the Confederacy and the "traitors who fought for its failed racist ideology."

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The Georgetown Historical Society will not be getting a state grant of $14-thousand this year.

The reason: The Confederate battle flag that has flown over its Marvel Museum property for more than a decade.

WBOC reports that lawmakers last month pulled the funding on the last day of the legislative session after civil rights groups asked that the monument either be removed or end the funding.

State Senator Trey Paradee (D) from Dover asked that the funds be stripped given that the flag has become a symbol adopted by hate groups.