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HB 199- Creating a State Sea Shell
Senator Hall-Long and Rep. Quinn Johnson sponsored a bill that will create the state’s first sea shell, the Chaneled Whelk. The idea was brought to Sen. Hall-Long and Rep. Johnson as the result of a Middletown 5th grade student, named Allyson Willis, who came up with the idea as the result of a school project.
Senator Hall-Long is pictured with Allyson Willis and her mom and dad.
HCR 57- Cargiver Taskforce
This concurrent resolution, sponsored by Rep. Longhurst and Sen. Hall-Long establishes the Family Caregiving Task Force to study and make findings and recommendations regarding the support necessary for family caregivers assisting the aging and adults with disabilities.
Pictured with Pat MaichleDSHS), Brian Posey (AARP), and Verna Hensley (Easter Seals)
SB 219- Naloxone Access
SB 219 allows the Department of Health and Social Services to develop regulations for a community based program and training to allow friends and family of those suffering from opiate addiction to receive a Naloxone kit. Naloxone blocks the effects of an opiate overdose, and is already being used in several states by law enforcement and citizens. This bill offers another lifesaving tool for prescription opiate and heroin overdose in Delaware.
Pictured with the Governor, DHSS, Attack Addiction advocates, and legislators.
SB 205- Grace Firestone Sudden Cardiac Arrest Act
SB 205, also known as the Grace Firestone Sudden Cardiac Arrest Act, will add measures to screen student athletes and educate parents and coaches of the risks and dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This legislation will help prevent as many instances of sudden cardiac arrest in our student athletes as possible.
Pictured with Jonathan Kirch (American Heart Association) and Grace Firestone, who is from an SCA attack. The legislation is also named in her honor.
Sen. Hall-Long participates in the Addiction Epidemic Conference
Today I participated in an addiction epidemic conference hosted by Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf. We focused on several items including prevention, education, criminal justice, and treatment/recovery in an effort to develop a comprehensive action plan to combat addiction in Delaware. I look forward to our continued work in this area.
Sen. Hall-Long Speaks at the “Heart in the Game” Program
Senator Hall-Long recently participated in the “Heart in the Game” program for youth athletes in Delaware on January 25th. The event was held at Springer Middle School and focused on identifying the early signs of a sudden cardiac arrest for student athletes before they suffer from an attack. Senator Hall-Long along with Senator Cloutier attended the event to speak to those in attendance and to discuss potential legislation that will be introduced during the 2014 legislative year which will encourage team coaches and doctors to regularly screen student athletes for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Natural Dairy Products Corporation Ribbon Cutting
It was a pleasure to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming a new business to Newark today. Natural Dairy Products Corporation will produce fresh and organic dairy products in its new facility here in Newark. Pleased to join President and Owner Ned MacArthur, his associate Clyde, Sen. Sokola, and Deputy Mayor of Newark Jerry Clifton.
Schagrin Gas in Middletown opens first propane vehicle fueling station in New Castle County
Sen. Hall-long was on hand for the ribbon cutting held in Middletown to celebrate the first fueling station in New Castle County for propane-powered vehicles. State officials applauded the station and propane-powered vehicles which have the potential to save fuel costs and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, while being more environmentally-friendly than gasoline-burning vehicles.
During her remarks, Hall-long said, "Anytime we can improve productivity and reduce our carbon footprint, that's a win-win situation, We're really thankful to the businesses like yours who are doing this. Our offices stand ready to support you."
Sen. Hall-Long Recognizes Wilbur Students
Senator Hall-Long visited Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary on November 19th to present Colonial School District staff and students with a certificate of recognition from the Delaware State Senate. Senator Hall-Long recognized the efforts of student volunteers who raised $1200 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).
In addition to presenting the Senate recognition, Bethany also presented a proclamation from Gov. Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn recognizing JDRF for their efforts to raise money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes research.
“Bath Salts” Bill Signed
Sen. Bethany Hall-Long and Rep. Rebecca Walker stand with Gov. Markell as he signs the Senate Bill #160 officially banning designer drugs commonly known as “Bath Salts”. The bill signing officially made the emergency ban in September 2011 permanent. Attorney General Beau Biden who was on hand commented on Sen. Hall-Long’s work to quickly get the bill created and signed, “This new law not only permanently bans ‘bath salts,’ but also more than a dozen chemicals that could be used to produce new versions of these dangerous mind-altering drugs. I applaud Senator Hall-Long for her leadership in developing this legislation and thank the General Assembly and the Governor for working so quickly to enact this bill.”