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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 28. May 4, 2000 )&lt; Campaign 2000 )< Bunting planning to file for re-election to Senate Sen. George Bunting Jr., D- Bethany Beach, said he will file for re-election in the 20th Senato- rial District, but he has just been too busy in the General Assembly to do it before now. Bunting is fin- ishing his first four-year term in the state Senate; he previously served six terms in the state House of Representatives. He presently serves as chairman of the Agricultural Committee and sits on the Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Adminis- trative Services and the Sunset conunittees. Bunting said he is aware that an opponent has filed against him, but he did not know the candidate. "I welcome the race," he said," I will file soon, but I had too many things to take care of in the Gener- al Assembly." Thomas L. McCabe of George- town has filed as the Republican candidate for the 20th Senatorial District. Schroedef announces his bid for re-election to 37th Pep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, didn't surprise many people when he announced that he will, indeed, seek a seventh term as state repre- sentative for the 37 District. In his 12 years in the General Assembly, he has identified him- self with protecting the natural re-  sources of the area as well as "those statewide. He lists some of his legislative initiatives as the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fund, Wastewater Advisory Council and the Weakfish Man- agement Act, He introduced the Inland Bays Watershed Enhance- ment Act that prohibits the dump- ing of solid wastes into Delaware's ocean, bays and rivers, and restrictions on recre- ational gill nets. Schroeder said, "The area around us is changing constantly and we must work to preserve our natural resources. We must also work constantly to improve our safety and to make our schools better." Other efforts of the veteran leg- islator include mandatory boater education, penalties for false bomb threats, enhanced fines for DUI when a child is in the car, in- creases in pension and interest ex- clusion in tax determination and reducing class size for grades K-3. He is a member of the Capital Infrastructure Committee (Bond Bill) and worked successfully to procure funding for projects im- portant to residents of the 37th District. Schroeder is also a mem- ber of the Agriculture, Education, Environmental Management, Health and Human Development and Natural Resources commit- tees. A vice president with Baltimore Trust Company, Schroeder, his wife and son live near Lewes. At this point, no one has filed to op- pose his candidacy. McCabe speaks out on baby abandonment Wasting little time since he an- nounced his bid for a state senate seat last week, Thomas McCabe is already commenting on current events in the General Assembly. He told the Cape Gazette that, if he served the 20th District in the Senate, he would support legisla- tion that would allow parents who were unable or unwilling to keep babies to leave them at designated safe places. Legislation that is in committee in the House of Representatives would allow such action without consequences of abandonment charges. McCahe said, "I would support [a bill] which that could save a few babies' lives. I don't know how anyone with compassion could vote against it. It has saved lives in other states. It would save lives here." SUPER 3 BEDROOM, 2 1/2 BATH CONTEMPORARY HOME in quiet neighborhood close to area beaches, shopping, and medical facilities. Enjoy the community pool and boat ramp. $225,250 Call for a private showing. 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Sargent said the poll that the Lee campaign recently cited as showing the former judge leading John Bun'is by several percentage points was conducted by Dresner Wilkin Associates of New York and San Francisco. "We weren't surprised. The more people pay attention to what the candidates are saying and stand for, the more they support Bill Lee," Sargent said. Gov. Carper cool to new incinerator legislation By Rosanne Pack In an either/either/or situation, Gov. Tom Carper took a discre- tionary route earlier this week and allowed a bill that will ban new incinerator construction in the state to pass into law. The governor chose to neither veto nor sign the bill which then became law at midnight April 24, without his signature. The bill had passed both chambers of the Gen- eral Assembly with little opposi- tion. However, Carper and some lawmakers were hoping to send it into the law books with a compan- ion that would have granted some leeway down the road. Members of the administration worked up until General Assem- bly adjournment the evening of April 20, trying to put together support for legislation that would include a sunset provision of 10 years for the incinerator bill and a provision allowing development of chicken manure to energy in- cinerators. However, when an expected compromise on the companion legislation unraveled, Carper was left to make a decision on what he termed "environmentally flawed legislation" as it stood alone. The bottom line purpose of the bill, to limit potentially pollution- belching incinerators in the state and therefore improve and pre- serve the environment and the safety of the population, was nev- er at issue. Rather, the governor, along with area legislators Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, and Rep. John Schroeder' D-Lewes, were concerned that the blanket banning would preclude future investigation of advanced incinerator technologies and the use of what might develop into clean disposal of chicken litter in a manner that could produce pow- er. In a prepared statement, Carper said "While [SB 280] addresses one legitimate environmental con- cem over the location of incinera- tors, it also bans incineration of poultry waste - making our state's nutrient management goals more difficult to achieve. The bill also fails to recognize that Delaware has only a limited amount of land- fill capacity and no clear alterna- tive for the disposal of solid waste in the years ahead." 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