DE HB224 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-2)
Status: Passed on August 30 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-08-30 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


Car theft was the primary impetus behind state codes prohibiting a motor vehicle owner to leave a car unattended with the keys in the ignition; a common habit to warm-up the vehicle during colder months. From 2013 to 2015, a total of 206 cars were stolen in Delaware due to the owner leaving the keys in the car while unattended; of these, 12 went unrecovered. Improved technology, such as remote starters, has instigated changes to these outdated statutes in several states. This Act excludes motor vehicles that are started by a remote starter or other similar device without a key in the ignition and that would be rendered inoperable without the key in the ignition or present within the vehicle.

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An Act To Amend Title 21 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Unattended Motor Vehicles.


Roll Calls

2017-07-01 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 19 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2017-06-28 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2017-08-30 Signed by Governor
2017-07-01 Passed By Senate. Votes: 19 YES 2 ABSENT
2017-06-28 Passed By House. Votes: 39 YES 2 ABSENT
2017-06-14 Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 9 On Its Merits
2017-06-13 Introduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

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Bill Comments