In Gerald Hocker's Opinion

Gender-affirming bill draws GOP criticism; action postponed


A bill introduced Thursday adding protections for gender-affirming care in Delaware has drawn criticism from Republicans for the impact it would have on parental rights.

Senate Republican Leadership Issues Statement on HB 230


This afternoon, members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses introduced House Bill 230 (HB 230). It would, in essence, change the policy of the state so that parental concerns about their children receiving irreversible gender-affirming care could be disregarded under Delaware law.

Statement from Delaware Senate Republican Caucus Regarding Supreme Court Confirmations


On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, the Delaware State Senate confirmed the nominations of the Honorable Abigail LeGrow and Mr. N. Christopher Griffiths. The Senate Republican Caucus issued the below statement following session.

Sussex County to use accommodations revenue for creek dredging project


County Council on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, approved a memorandum of understanding with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to form a funding partnership for the upcoming White Creek dredging project near Bethany Beach. The project would deepen the navigation channel of the creek that links the Indian River Bay and Assawoman Canal, both popular waterways among recreational boaters in eastern Sussex. The $4.7 million project is slated to begin in early February and be completed by March 31.

Drug epidemic solutions should cross party lines


As an elected official, I have always tried to do what is best for the constituents in the 20th Senate District. Regardless of party, and sometimes regardless of my own personal convictions, the needs of those I represent are always at the forefront of my mind when deciding on whether to support a particular policy or not.

Caucus Newsletter - November 7, 2022


Click the below link to view the latest newsletter from the Senate GOP.

After arriving in Delaware in 2017, spotted lanternfly now confirmed in Sussex County


Five years after the first confirmed spotted lanternfly was found in New Castle County in 2017, the spotted lanternfly has made its way to Sussex County, creating a statewide quarantine for this invasive pest.

Lawmakers aim to shorten permitting time for big projects


A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are working on a bill that would fast-track the permit process in all three counties, spurred on by the same vision of the "Ready In Six" initiatives to make the First State stronger in economic development.

9 Delaware libraries to share $40 million in Rescue Plan money


Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act bucks, the Selbyville Public Library will be able to build a new library and move out of the stately home in which it's now housed.

Carney ready to spend money in 2022; GOP wants tax relief


The state of the state is strong, said Gov. John Carney during his annual address before a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday. Much of Carney's speech focused on the fallout of COVID-19, including its impact on the state's economy and the work that still needs to be done to confront new variants and surges.

Indian Mission School Historical Marker Dedicated


The Delaware Public Archives was proud to join with Nanticoke Indian Tribe Chief Natosha Norwood Carmine, members of the Delaware General Assembly, and more than 125 guests and friends as they unveiled a new Delaware historical marker on Monday, November 15, 2021. The new Indian Mission School historical marker details the school that was founded by the Nanticoke Indian Tribe that established the school in the 1920s, and is located on the Nanticoke Indian Center grounds in Millsboro, Delaware.

Senate minority leader questions governor’s COVID stance


Over the past week, I have received numerous questions and concerns regarding the Department of Education's proposed Regulation 815. Specifically, my constituents and I were confused about the language which is being added into a new section titled COVID-19 Mitigation and Prevention. The section as currently written appears to permanently implement face coverings without any qualifying factors such as an emergency order. This has been confirmed by others who are familiar with the regulatory process, both in private conversations and in various forms of media. My staff and I have been told by DOE that this regulation would not be permanent, and that clarifying language would be added to make this clear. As of this writing, no such language has been inserted.

Information Session for White Creek Dredging Project to be Held on July 28


The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a virtual information session on Wednesday, July 28 to discuss the upcoming White Creek maintenance dredging project in Sussex County. The public meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. More information about the project and the link to join the meeting can be found at