Good news: the badly flawed HB 88 did not come back for reconsideration. Word had it that Beau Biden was working Senator Marshall really hard for a reconsideration, but he didn't get it.
The AG did get his bail bond constitutional amendment, however. That's not good news for a lot of poor people in Delaware.
Unfortunately, the very last thing that the Senate did at about 12.40 AM was to pass HB 194 that creates stiffer penalties for what one bureaucrat witness called "rogue" non-nurse midwives.
She and Senator Hall-Long had to lie to get the bill passed, however. After Senator Dave Lawson stood up and shared that he and his ten siblings were born at home under the management of a midwife, Senator Karen Petersen made a brave effort to bring some science into the room.
I had written Senator Petersen and clued her in about the Canadian study that showed the risk of birth by midwife was no more dangerous than birth in a hospital, and led to few complications, statistically.
Senator Petersen made good use of that study, and seemed to be changing some minds, but unfortunately I did not specify for her that the Canadian midwives in the study were registered non-nurse midwives, and so when the bureaucrat flat out lied and claimed they weren't, Karen didn't have the ammunition she needed. She then abstained from the vote, which the natural birth movement and Libertarians should appreciate.
Both I and Jennifer of Momma Trauma followed up with Petersen and Lawson immediately after the passage of this ridiculous bill. We will be lobbying them to write a new bill that exempts non-nurse midwives from the onerous requirement for a formal agreement with a OB/gyn that nobody will sign because it skyrockets their malpractice insurance.
I'm tired now: more details tomorrow morning.