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Delaware Legislature : Legislative Hall

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Life in Legislative Hall

The South Side of the building houses the Senate offices and chamber. The ground floor of the South Side houses the Controller General Offices, the Print Shop and the Division of Research.

The North side is home to the House of Representatives and their offices.

The Governor also has a ceremonial office on the 2nd floor.

How Things are Run

  • Legislative Council: A joint committee, made up of leadership from each Chamber, the Director of the Division of Research, and the Controller General to oversee the building.
  • President Pro Tempore: A Senator elected by resolution who presides over the Senate in the President's absence, will also assign Senators to standing committees along with the legislation to be discussed in each committee.
  • Speaker of the House: A Representative elected by the resolution and is the presiding officer in the House. The Speaker will assign Represenatives to standing committees along with the legislation to be discussed in each committee.
  • Majority & Minority Leaders: The leaders choosen by their respective caucus to manage the passage of bills their party favors.
  • Majority & Minority Whips: A party official that insures that caucus members are present for important votes.
  • Chief Clerk of the House: Is the Chief administrative officer for the House who oversees the printing of all legislation for the House, records all floor votes and certifies the daily records of legislative action that is taken by the House.
  • Secretary of the Senate: Is the Chief administrative officer for the Senate that oversees the printing of all legislation for the Senate, records all floor votes and certifies the daily records of legislative action that is taken by the Senate.
  • Capitol Police Department: Provides security for all State buildings, including the Courthouses and Legislative Hall

Divisions in Legislative Hall

  • Controller General: Analyzes the cost of legislation and develops the Bond, Budget, and Grant-in-aid Bills
  • IT/LIS: Keeps the Legislative Information System updated and running as well as providing technical support throughout the building.
  • House and Senate Minority and Majority Caucuses: Each caucus has their own Chief of Staff, Attorneys and staff. The designation of Majority and Minority depends on which party has more members in each chamber.

  • Joint Sunset Committee Analyst: Reports to the Joint Sunset Committee on selected State Agencies and Committees to ensure that they are fulfilling their duties and/or potential.

Division of Research

This is a non-partisan reference bureau for legislative matters. It includes the following:

  • Registrar of Regulations Office: Acts as the custodian of State regulatory and statutory files as well as charters in addition to that the office also publishes the online Laws of Delaware, Delaware Code and the monthly Register of Regulations (hardcopy and online) and other various publications.
  • Joint Sunset Committee Analyst: Reports to the Joint Sunset Committee on selected State Agencies and Committees to ensure that they are fulfilling their duties and/or potential.
  • Print Shop: Produces documents required by the General Assembly, Division of Research and the Controller General.
  • Bill Room: Has current legislation available for the public and also the previous General Assembly's legislation.
  • Legislative Library: Provides reference and research materials for the General Assembly, their staff and the general public. It contains original legislation after 1973, current and previous versions of the Delaware Code, Laws of Delaware, newspapers and periodicals, executive orders, committee minutes (the 146th GA to present) and other materials relating to the Delaware government.