Delaware’s legislature passed the Workplace Fraud Act (HB 230),
an employee misclassification bill that increases penalties for
construction employers who knowingly misclassify employees as
contractors in order to evade state and federal taxes and wage and hour
laws, saving as much as 30% on the margins.
Like most states, Delaware was plagued with budget difficulties that
found legislators and Governor Markell taking drastic steps to fill the
hole, including enacting a sports lottery bill that legalizes single-game betting. It becomes the only state other than Nevada to do so. Fortunately, the stimulus pumped $1.2 billion into the state coffers.
In the final week of their legislative sessions, the Colorado and Indiana legislatures gave final approval to bills allowing residents to register to vote online. Colorado Senators passed HB 1160 and Indiana House Members passed HB 1346;
both bills allow residents with driver's licenses or state-issued ID
cards to register to vote online. The legislation has been sent to the
governor in both states. In Colorado the governor is expected to sign
the bill, while Indiana's governor has not indicated support or
The Delaware General Assembly completed floor sessions after lawmakers agreed on several measures, including a $3.3 billion state budget; a $601.7 million bond bill; and a $45 million grant-in-aid bill.