DE HB302 | 2015-2016 | 148th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-3)
Status: Passed on August 31 2016 - 100% progression
Action: 2016-08-31 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


Currently many drivers, particularly novice drivers, ignore the laws prohibiting texting and handheld-phone use while driving, and the penalties are not enough to discourage such behavior. This bill increases the penalties for the improper use of electronic communication devices while driving. The civil penalty for a first offense is increased from $50 to $100 and for subsequent offenses is increased to $200 up to $300. Additionally, points will be assessed for second or subsequent offenses. This bill is supported by Delaware AAA.

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An Act To Amend Title 21 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Electronic Communication Devices And Penalties.


Roll Calls

2016-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 14 N: 7 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2016-08-31HouseSigned by Governor
2016-06-30SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 14 YES 7 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-22SenateReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
2016-06-15SenateAssigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate
2016-06-14HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-14HouseAmendment HA 3 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2016-06-14HouseAmendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2016-06-14HouseAmendment HA 1 - Stricken
2016-06-14HouseAmendment HA 3 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2016-06-02HouseAmendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2016-05-18HouseReported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 6 On Its Merits, 3 Unfavorable
2016-05-12HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2016-04-06HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

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