Confirmation hearings on Markell’s DNREC nominee–Thursday, April 2, 2:00 pm.

Friends:

The Senate Executive Committee will hold hearings on Governor Markell’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) after 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

The hearing will be in the Senate Chamber of Legislative Hall, Dover.

This nomination by the Governor requires confirmation by the Senate (the House of Representatives has no say).

Unlike most General Assembly committee hearings, the public traditionally has not been allowed to participate at all in confirmation hearings.  Hear that again: no questions directly from the public.  If you don’t agree with that, let the committee members know (below):

The public IS allowed to attend and observe, and this hearing could be interesting.

Senate Executive Committee members:

Chairman: Thurman Adams,   Thurman.Adams@state.de.us , Phone: (302) 744-4286
Members: Patricia M. Blevins, Patricia.Blevins@state.de.us , Phone: (302) 744-4133
Nancy W. Cook,  ncook@legis.state.de.us, Phone: (302) 744-4237
Anthony J. DeLuca,  Anthony.DeLuca@state.de.us , Phone: (302) 744-4165
F. Gary Simpson, gsimpson@udel.edu, Phone: (302) 744-4134
Liane M. Sorenson,  Liane.Sorenson@state.de.us , Phone: (302) 744-4136

Green Delaware’s comments on the nomination of Mr. O’Mara are here: 
Alert 646: Gov. Jack Markell nominates CA economic development staffer .

Note that other items are also on the agenda (below) and we don’t know when the O’Mara nomination will be taken up.

SB 30AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER.
Sponsor : Ennis
SB 31AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO NONPROFIT CHARITABLE GAMING.
Sponsor : Ennis
SB 38AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.
Sponsor : DeLuca
Comment:
Executive Hearings on – Joseph J. Corrado, Sr.; Kevin P. Anderson; Paul W. Townsend; Dean E. Holden; Collin P. O’Mara & The Honorable Eugene S. Dvornick, Jr.
Green Delaware is a community based organization advocating for a cleaner environment and better public health.  We try to provide information you can use.   Reach us at 302.834.3466, Contribute if you can.  greendel@dca.net, greendel.org , Box 69, Port Penn, DE, USA

One thought on “Confirmation hearings on Markell’s DNREC nominee–Thursday, April 2, 2:00 pm.

  1. Jim Martin

    What: Create the “2009 Coolspring-Goodwill Breaking Barriers Summer Green Jobs Program” for 100 kids between the ages of 14 and 24 from low-income families (annual income is less than $23,000 for a family of four). It will be a 10-week Summer Jobs Program to begin July 1 and end on September 1. All the wages will be paid even while the “child-enrollee” is attending “work-skills sessions,” so most of the grant money will be spent on the kids’ wages. The total budget for this Sussex County program may be close to $600,000. (A large part of the budget will pay the wages for the 100 kids offering about 300 hours in the summer working in a “green job.” )

    Who: Jim Martin, program coordinator. Phone: 302-827-2609 or my cell# 215-740-4622 or email: green1980580@yahoo.com I am invested in making a difference in the lives of people and families in need. For the last year I have been the Southern Delaware Housing Chairman for Oxford House, a national residential addiction recovery program that has met with great success in Sussex County. Because the program has helped people turn their lives around, I am working to expand the Oxford House homes in Kent and Sussex County. I established a new Oxford House program in Lewes. I am also an active member of Coolspring Presbyterian Church in Lewes. I am also a self-employed insurance agent fully licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Recently, I was recently appointed to serve as the Sussex County Ambassador for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

    Who is helping to form this special Green Jobs Initiative: So far, Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Goodwill Industries, The Children’s Beach House, Cape Henlopen School District, the Richard Allen Alternative School are stepping up to help form this Summer Jobs program for Sussex County.

    When: Summer Jobs Program to begin July 1 and end on September 1.
    • On April 8, we must present our proposal to the Delaware Workforce Investment Board (DWIB).
    • April 30 Best and Final Offer is Due
    • There is a sum of $1.9 million now available from DWIB to be used in the summer months of 2009, but the funds must be returned to the federal government unless used for a Summer Jobs Program.

    How: Wages (federal minimum wage) for these jobs to be paid for by Federal Stimulus Funds. Steps:
    • If we partner with each other for our kids, then the grant money award will be much easier to get.
    • We need volunteers to help us with the administration.
    • To enroll 100 kids in the Summer Jobs program, we will need to interview about 300 kids.
    • Once we enroll the kids, we will need to find appropriate work sites where the kids can provide their labor. Preliminary talks indicate “green jobs” can be found at a variety of Sussex County work sites.
    • Green jobs would be planting trees, cleaning up parks, planting gardens, doing conservation projects, job shadowing with solar panel installers, working in energy efficiency projects at the chicken plants, partnering with the “Doing Something Wild” programs at the various Delaware Wildlife Monitoring Projects.

    Where: Some potential work sites/partners:
    • Cape Henlopen State Park
    • Various public works projects overseen by local town officials
    • Beaches where replanting beach grasses is needed
    • Employers who want to spruce up their landscaping areas, lower their energy bills, etc.

    Why: It’s an investment in the future for all of us.
    • These low-income kids and families can really use the money.
    • 100 “at risk” kids may stay out of trouble (who knows how much money this will save our taxpayers).
    • Area youth will build up their resumes and get some valuable work experience.
    • It will be good for our environment and can be a good example for future similar programs.
    • This can be a win-win for everybody!

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