Public Health Emergency Lifted by Governor Carney

On May 11, 2023, Governor Carney ended the Public Health Emergency. That same day, the Delaware Department of Highway Safety launched its Click or Ticket Campaign to remind drivers to fasten their seatbelts on every trip. The Department of Human Resources also introduced a marijuana and alcohol-free workplace policy for executive agencies. DNREC and DEMA announced their sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Delaware Flood Awareness Week, which will take place from May 15-19.

On May 10, 2023, Governor Carney and First Lady Tracy Quillen Kearney announced the winners of the Compassion Champion award, while the Young Environmentalist award winners called for candidates. On May 9, 2023, the Delaware Prescription Drug Takeback Day was successful. DNREC also announced that its Drive-on Surf Fishing Reservation System would launch on May 16.

On May 8, 2023, Governor Carney ordered the flag to be lowered and a former educator spoke to the House of Representatives about the importance of Bill 198. Additionally, the public celebration of Service Recognition Week was announced. On May 5, 2023, the Delaware State flag was lowered for service, the Fort Delaware Project was opened, and the Department of Corrections signed a Correctional Medical Services Contract.

On May 4, 2023, DNREC added two new programs to help rebuild the Delaware portion of the Chesapeake Bay Basin, and on May 3, 2023, Delaware BPA students took honors at a national conference. On May 2, 2023, Delaware proclaimed Older Americans Month, while DelDOT launched the Interstate Highway Road 95/896 Interchange Improvement Project and the Department of Justice confirmed an indictment and arrest in a 2009 murder.

On May 1, 2023, Governor Carney announced that Delaware’s AAA bond ratings had been reconfirmed by multiple agencies. Additionally, Delaware Proclaimed May as Motorcyclist Safety Awareness Month, and the Department of Justice hosted a Second Chance Month event with probation teams and service providers.

In April 2023, Governor Carney announced a short-term extension of the Public Health Emergency before ultimately ending it on April 28, 2023. DNREC also extended its electric Vehicle Rebate Program, while Wilmington Charter School won the Delaware Environmental Championship. Additionally, the State Board of Education announced its Student Representative application period and held its annual conference.

Other news items in April included the commencement of the Second Grant Application Cycle for the First State Food System Program, the release of the 2022 Annual Report from the Overdose Review Board, and Delaware’s retention of its AAA bond rating. Tornado recovery resources were announced, and an archeology symposium was scheduled for April 22, 2023.

Various awards were given to Delaware students, including those for agriculture, career technical education, and poetry. Additionally, the Delaware Department of Highway Safety launched initiatives for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, while the Department of Animal Welfare found a dead animal and Governor Kearney announced road safety initiatives. Finally, an animator brought artwork to the Mezzanine Gallery, and DNREC announced their ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ Spring event and a cost-sharing program to remove old poultry houses.

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