DE SB188 | 2015-2016 | 148th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Passed on September 6 2016 - 100% progression
Action: 2016-09-06 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


This bill transfers the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program to the Office of the Child Advocate creating one office in this State that provides legal representation to children. The bill updates the law to reflect the practices of the Office of the Child Advocate, including ensuring that the child is the party to the proceeding once legal counsel is appointed, that every child is provided legal representation, that the wishes of the child are a significant factor in the legal representation, and that the child’s rights are explained to him or her. Finally, this bill allows the Office of the Child Advocate to assist other Courts of this State in the rare instances where they need legal representation of a child, and will enable OCA to begin to establish volunteer attorney pools to assist in other areas of the law regarding children.

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An Act To Amend Titles 13, 29, And 31 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Office Of The Child Advocate.


Roll Calls

2016-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 20 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2016-06-29 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 31 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 10) [PASS]


2016-09-06HouseSigned by Governor
2016-06-30SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-29HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 31 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 10 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-29HouseAmendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2016-06-23HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2016-06-15HouseReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 7 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
2016-06-10HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House
2016-06-09SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-09SenateAmendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-09SenateAmendment SA 1 - Introduced in Senate
2016-06-08SenateReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
2016-05-18SenateAssigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate

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