A new year brings on some new laws for residents of Delaware in 2023.

Read on to find out the laws that will have an impact on you here in Delaware, and some that have taken effect in neighboring states as well.


Minimum Wage Increase

Delaware’s minimum hourly wage is now $11.75.. It will continue to increase to $13.25 in 2024 and $15 in 2025.

Cash Bail Reform

House Bill 204 makes several changes to the bail/pretrial process in Delaware, including requiring courts to consider risk by “using empirically-based tools to determine whether a defendant is likely to stay out of trouble and come to court.”


Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips are no longer illegal in Pennsylvania.

License Plate Frames

Police in Pennsylvania can no longer pull over a driver for having a license plate frame that obstructs the plate.


It’s now legal to own and carry a switchblade in Pennsylvania due to HB 1929.

Turnpike Toll Collection 

If you have $250 or more in unpaid Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls, you may be at risk of having your vehicle registration suspended.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike will also see a 5 percent increase in tolls to begin January 8.

New Jersey

Higher Auto Insurance

New Jersey increased the minimum amount of liability insurance.

Concealed-Carry Gun Restrictions 

There are new restrictions in New Jersey on how and where you can carry a concealed gun.

Bill A4769 prohibits people from carrying guns in several “sensitive places,” including schools, courthouses and bars. New Jersey residents will also be required to get insurance and take training classes to get a permit.

Longer Work Hours for Teens

A new bill is allowing teenagers in New Jersey to work longer.   Expanding the summer work hours for teens aged 16-18 up to 50 hours.  Bill A4222 

The bill also expands working hours for teens between the ages of 14 and 15 to mirror federal laws for working minors.

The bill also removes authority from school districts to issue working papers and removes parental consent for a minor to work while requiring the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide parents with an opt-out for extended summer working hours for the minor. The bill also increases the amount of time a minor may work before a break is required from five hours to six hours.

Voter Privacy 

Polling stations in New Jersey must now have privacy sleeves for printed ballots.

Firearm Registration 

Bill S1204 requires firearm owners who become New Jersey residents to obtain a firearm purchaser identification card and register handguns acquired outside of the state

Ammunition Tracker

Bill A1302 regulates the sale of handgun ammunition and develops a system of electronic reporting of handgun ammunition sales.

Faster Unemployment Payments

Bill S2357 allows out-of-work New Jersey residents to get unemployment benefits more quickly.

Break Line

29 Movies That Turn 40 in 2023

When looking at the movies that turn 40 in 2023, one thing is very clear: 1983 kind of ruled!

In 1983, a holiday classic was born with A Christmas Story. Meanwhile, a star was born in Tom Cruise thanks to Risky Business. Women started cutting up their sweatshirts thanks to Flashdance, and a new sex symbol was born thanks to that gold bikini in Return of the Jedi. We also said hello to a little friend (Scarface), gave our daughter the shot (Terms of Endearment) and were gagged with a spoon (Valley Girl.)

Here are 29 movies that turn 40 in 2023. Even the biggest cynic would agree that 1983 at the movies was totally tubular.

  • A Christmas Story

    Released on November 18, 1983.

  • National Lampoon’s Vacation

    Released on July 29, 1983.

  • Trading Places

    Released on June 8, 1983.

  • Scarface

    Released on December 9, 1983.

  • The Outsiders

    Released on March 25, 1983.

  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Released on May 25, 1983.

  • Risky Business

    Released on August 5, 1983.

  • WarGames

    Released on June 3, 1983.

  • Christine

    Released on December 9, 1983.

  • Never Say Never Again

    Released on October 7, 1983.

  • Octopussy

    Released on June 10, 1983.

  • Flashdance

    Released on April 15, 1983.

  • Staying Alive

    Released on July 15, 1983.

  • Private School

    Released on July 29, 1983.

  • The Big Chill

    Released on September 28, 1983.

  • Valley Girl

    Released on April 29, 1983.

  • Terms of Endearment

    Released on November 23, 1983.

  • Cujo

    Released on August 12, 1983.

  • Mr. Mom

    Released on August 19, 1983.

  • Sudden Impact

    Released on December 9, 1983.

  • Yentl

    Released on November 18, 1983.

  • All the Right Moves

    Released on October 21, 1983.

  • Silkwood

    Released on December 14, 1983.

  • Class

    Released on July 6, 1983.

  • The Meaning of Life

    Released on March 31, 1983.

  • Uncommon Valor

    Released on December 16, 1983.

  • Rumble Fish

    Released on October 21, 1983.

  • Bad Boys

    Released on March 25, 1983.

  • Easy Money

    Released on August 19, 1983.