DE HB361 | 2013-2014 | 147th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Passed on August 8 2014 - 100% progression
Action: 2014-08-08 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


The Bellefonte Charter has not been amended since its original passage in 1915, although the town received approval as a home-rule municipality in 1963. Two years ago, the Bellefonte Town Commission charged its Planning Commission to review the process and make recommendations for revision. In February 2014, the Town Commissioners approved the language reflected in this Bill. Revisions involve the replacement of a metes and bounds description, update of the election processes to comply with current Delaware Code, and removal of references to elected officials such as "alderman" and "constable," which existed when Bellefonte had its own police force, prior to the County assuming those duties. The Planning Commission undertook a review of approved charters from other municipalities in Delaware as models. In accordance with the powers granted to other municipalities, many new powers are enumerated in this Bill, which repeals and replaces the former, antiquated document from 1915.

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An Act To Reincorporate The Town Of Bellefonte.


Roll Calls

2014-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2014-06-18 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2014-08-08HouseSigned by Governor
2014-06-30SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-25SenateReported Out of Committee (COMMUNITY/COUNTY AFFAIRS) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
2014-06-19SenateAssigned to Community/County Affairs Committee in Senate
2014-06-18HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-18HouseAmendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2014-06-18HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced in House
2014-06-11HouseReported Out of Committee (HOUSE ADMINISTRATION) in House with 3 On Its Merits
2014-05-29HouseIntroduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House

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