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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Legislative Process FAQ

General Assembly Website FAQ


Legislative Process FAQ

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1. What are the hours of website operation?
The Delaware General Assembly website is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

2. How many legislators are there in the Delaware General Assembly?
There are 62 legislators in Delaware. The General Assembly is comprised of 21 Senators and 41 Representatives.

3. What is the length of terms for Senators and Representatives?
Senators are elected to 4 years terms and Representatives are elected to 2 years terms.

4. Are there term limits for the legislators?
No. There are currently no term limits for legislators in Delaware.

5. Where and when does the General Assembly meet?
The General Assembly meets in Legislative Hall in Dover. The legislature convenes on the second Tuesday of January and meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until June 30 of each year.

6. What is the length of a General Assembly?
A General Assembly meets for 2 years, the first year being the first session and the second year being the second session. All bills carry over from the first year to the second year. Legislation not passed by the end of the second session is not carried over to the next General Assembly.

7. How can I determine my district and legislator?
Please contact your election department in the county in which you reside.
Please provide them your name and address. They will tell you the election district you live in for both Senate and House of Representatives. The numbers for the election offices are:
New Castle County: (302) 577-3464
Kent County: (302) 739-4498
Sussex County: (302) 856-5367

8. How can I contact my Senator and Representative?
Senator and Representatives can be reached by mail at:

P.O. Box 1401
Legislative Hall
Dover DE 19903

Senators can be reached by phone at:
Senate Democrats Receptionist: (302) 744-4286
Senate Republicans Receptionist: (302) 744-4048

Representatives can be reached by phone at:
House Republicans Receptionist: (302) 744-4171
House Democrats Receptionist: (302) 744-4351

9. How do I find e-mail addresses for members of the General Assembly?
E-mail addresses for those members of the General Assembly who have elected to utilize e-mail are listed on Senators and Representatives listings. If no email address is listed, the legislator has either chosen not to have e-mail or not to publish the address. Lists that contain all of the legislative email addresses are not published.

10. How do I get a law changed?
Please contact your Senator and Representative with your proposal and idea.

11. Is the Delaware Code available on-line and what is the cost?
The Delaware Code On-line is available from this site free of charge.

12. What legislative information is available from this site?
The following is a partial listing of information that is available:
  • Full-text of all bills considered by the General Assembly
  • The Delaware Code
  • The Delaware Constitution
  • The Delaware Landlord/Tenant Code
  • The Delaware Divorce Code
  • The Delaware Register of Regulations
  • Various Reports published by the General Assembly

13. How can I obtain copies of legislative documents?
Copies are available from this website or by calling the Division of Research at 1-800-282-8545.

14. What is the Legislative Information System?
The Legislative Information System is the bill-tracking system used by the General Assembly. Bills, amendments, calendars, and meeting notices are available on-line from the LIS.

15. How do I find a bill if you do not know the sponsor or number?
Bills are searchable by keyword or by Title.

16. Will you send me a copy of all bills by subject?
We do not currently index legislation by topic.

17. Where can I find information on visiting Legislative Hall?
Tours of Legislative Hall are available on a reservation basis by contacting the Division of Research out-of-state at (302) 744-4114 or in state 1-800-282-8545 or by email.

18. How do I contact the Governor?
The Governor can be contacted from the Governors website or by phone at 1-800-292-9570.


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General Assembly Website FAQ

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1. Who maintains the General Assembly Website?
The General Assembly website is maintained by the Division of Research. The Legislative Information System is maintained by the Office of the Controller General.

2. Which formats are used in publishing information on the website?
Documents are published on the General Assembly website in three formats:
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • HTML
  • ASCII text

3. What is Adobe Acrobat and how do I obtain it?
Adobe Acrobat is a cross-platform format that allows documents to be published on the Internet exactly as they would appear in print. Adobe Acrobat files are read using Acrobat Reader, which is free from Adobe.

4. Are cookies used by the General Assembly website?
No. Cookies are not used by the webmasters for the General Assembly.

5. Is there a notification system setup to keep me posted on changes to the website?
Currently that feature is not available from the General Assembly website.

6. The information I was looking for was not found on the web site. How do I obtain help?
Help is available from the Division of Research at 302-744-4114 out-of-state or 1-800-282-8545 in state.
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