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For those who were convicted of violating Delaware’s old marijuana laws there could be some relief.

Legislation has been introduced that would erase the records of those who were convicted of using or possessing less than an ounce.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law would be wipe out those convictions before December 18th 2015 when the new law took effect.

Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle said it was a matter of equity.

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Two rallies converged on Legislative Hall in Dover yesterday.

One was for equal rights for women.

Several dozen showed up with some of Delaware’s top elected officials to show their support for amending the state constitution.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that House Majority Leader Valarie Longhurst, “Today is the day we break through the glass ceiling.”

The measure would include a single sentence, which reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of the sex of the person.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth has retained his leadership post among majority Democrats in the chamber, with a slightly smaller caucus to oversee.

In a closed-door meeting Monday night, House Democrats also voted to keep Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Majority Whip John Viola in their posts.

Schwartzkopf, who must still be confirmed as speaker by a simple majority vote by the entire House, says the most important tasks for lawmakers is growing the middle class by creating jobs.