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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Price busy with House work; legislator likes law making By Rosanne Pack Since taking office in January 1997, Rep. Shirley Price (D-Millville) has wasted no time wading into the thick of the Delaware legislative process. She has added her spon- sorship to a bill intended to strengthen rape laws and cosponsored a bill that will re- vamp the working-of the Alcoholic Bever- age Control Commission. She meets regularly with constituents and returns numerous phone calls each week, whether or not the general assembly is in session. Yesterday, she joined Gov. Tom Carper as he signed H.B. 254. into law. Price initi- ated the legislation that will remove the gross-receipts tax from Delaware printing companies bidding on state contracts. Price said that the law levels the playing field for local printers who previously lost contracts to out-of-state bidders who do not'have to pay Delaware gross-receipts tax. Although the legislation does not com- mand the attention of the public such as is- sues of slot machine leases and education reform, Price saw the situation as one that created an inequity that punished local busi- ness people. She said legislation that came out of the Minner Commission several years ago re- moved the gross-re- ceipts tax from most local vendors bidding on state contracts. It was realized that fig- uring e tax into the cost of a project nearly always knocked the local vendor out of PRICE competitive range with out-of-state bidders. What was overlooked is that bidding on printing contracts goes through the admin- istrative office while most other bids go through the purchasing office. The earlier legislation was written for purchasing of- rice contracts only. When the situation was pointed out to Price, she drafted a bill that would give the printers the same chance at a competitive bid that other Delaware ven- dors now have_ Her bill made it through the House of Representatives last year, and was passed by the Senate early in this session. Price said it is her first bill to be signed into law in the first part of this session, but she does not intend for it to be the last. "I'm guilty of wanting to do it all," she said. "But I want to do it right the In'st time so I try to be take care of details the first time around. People who watched me when I came into the House said that I was one who hit the floor running." High on the representative's priority list for the spring session is a bill that she will cosPonsor with Robert "Bobby" Quillen (R-Harrington). The bill would give area residents a role in determining the outcome of applications for alcohol licenses or ex- pansion of or significant changes in busi- nesses that serve alcohol. Price thinks that it would be appropriate for Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to have levels of rep- resentation with each county having panel that would make recommendations to the state commission. Price is pushing another piece of legisla- tion, H.B. 165, that should draw attention in the Cape Region where there is a large re- tiree population. If it passes into law, the bill will increase the amount of pretax in- come for retirees from $3,000 to $7,500. Another Cape Region elected official, Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes), is the lead sponsor of H.B. 165. Price said that she was first approached by members of the Nation- al Association of Retired Federal Employ- ees (NARFE) who felt that retirees de- served more of their money before they had to give the government its cut. "It seemed a reasonable expectation to me," Price said. "I was still so new, I thought it would be a good idea to go to John and have him put it together; he draft- ed it and I went on as a sponsor." She said American Association of Re- tired Persons (AARP) groups are now ac- tively supporting the bill along with NARFE. Although her second year in of- fice is just beginning, she knows that she has an election to face in'/he fall. "I have tO start thinking about a campaign," she said. "I will definitely run again. I enjoy what I'm doing, and I'm told that I make a differ- ence. I want to be part of making sure what we need down state comes to us." Price can be reached at her office in Dover, 302-739- 2313. Clark, West to face off in Sussex council primary for Collins seat By Michael Short A logjam is quickly forming in the race to succeed County Coun- cilman George Collins. The Democrat has announced that he will not seek another term, prefering to retire to travel and spend time with his wife. There was already a Republican primary set in the Fifth Council- manic District for the seat now held by Collins. Vance Phillips and Willie Taylor will vie for the Republican seat. But now, it appears that at least two Democrats will also seek the seat. One is well known and the other is the son of a veteran legis- lator. Chip West filed on Jan. 23 for the seat. West is the son of Rep. Charlie West, (D- Gumboro), a political leg- end in Sussex County. Al- though he has not filed, Kenneth CIA, RK Clark Sr., a former county council and Delaware senate candidate and the present chief of the Nanticoke Na- tion, said that he also in- tends to run. Both West and Clark are Democrats. Both are well-known and both are expected to bring strong WEST support to a Democratic primary. Clark said he has intended to file for the race ever since last fall. Clark is a farmer and the owner of Riverdale Park and is very well- known in Sussex County circles. He lives in the Oak Orchard and Riverdale area, is active in manu- factured home issues and is 67 years old. West, 40, lives in Gumboro. He attended James Madison Univer- sity, has received a Century Farm Award from Delaware and is the. president of Cypress Tree Farms Inc., the family farm that has been in business for nearly 150 years. In a prepared statement, West, a father of one, said "as.a husband, father and agribusinessman with deep roots in Sussex County, I have witnessed the county be- come one of the fastest growing Former SCI guards reach plea agreement with state By Kerry Kester Three former Sussex Correc- tional Institution (SCI) guards reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors on Monday, Jan. 26, in the case against them alleg- ing they mistreated a prisoner. All three guards were to begin trial Monday on charges of coer- cion, offensive touching, second- degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree conspiracy and offi- cial misconduct, for allegedly mistreating Wade Blankenship, a prisoner in their custody. Former Sgt. Mark Murphy, 38, and former Cpl. James Burton, 42, pleaded guilty to coercion and un- lawful imprisonment Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves sentenced them both to one year at Level V (imprisonment) for each of the charges, consecutively, but Continued on page 17 areas in the state...This rapid growth will continue to present the residents with many complex and challenging opportunities that will affect all of us. "It is my sincere hope that with common sense and the help of the people, we can secure a quality way of life for our children and fu- ture generations." "I would like to assure the vot- ers in the Fifth Councilmanic Dis- trict that I am my own man and will do my best to serve my con- stituents," West said. "I feel I have a unique and terrific oppor- tunity to be able to draw on my fa- ther's many years of experience and his dedication to the people of his district." Clark said that jobs, affordable housing and land use are some of the key issues facing Sussex County. "I have four children and seven grandchildren, so I have a big investment in the county," he said. Clark lost a Democratic-primary by four votes for county council a dozen years ago. He also lost in a Democratic primary for the Sen- ate in 1996 to George Bunting (D- Bethany Beach). He said that a good county councilman gets to know the needs of the people and is dedicated. He has been chief of the Nanticoke Indian Nation since 1971 and describes himself as a quick learner who will do a good job. "I think I can be a good addi- tion to county council," Clark said. Since 1924 O,,C00 Storewide ter Save 25% - 50% During our Semi-Annual Storewide Sales Event Savings on Exciting Collections From Baker. Kindel Hickory Chair- Henredon Stickley Lexington- Milling Road Century- Sherrill Leathercraft Brown Jordan. Lee. Barcalounger Lloyd Flanders Woodmark Wright Table Co. & Selected Antiques...Custom Orders Included Now through February Design Services Available