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SB124PassThis bill expands the number of Trustees of the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation from 12 to 13. The additional Trustee must be an individual actively engaged in farming or some other form of agribusiness who may reside in any count...
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2016-02-03
Signed by Governor
HB242PassThis bill clarifies the role and authority of the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare and Department of Agriculture regarding animal cruelty enforcement. The Office of Animal Welfare was directed by the 148th General Assembly ...
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2016-02-03
Signed by Governor
SB176PassThis legislation corrects a technical error in Senate Bill 59 of the 148th General Assembly. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has informed the State Bureau of Identification that the FBI will not accept applicants' fingerprints unless the state-le...
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2016-02-03
Signed by Governor
HB233PassThis bill amends SB 132 of the 148th General Assembly by extending the effective date from January 30, 2016 to April 1, 2016 to allow for additional time to properly implement the changes to Delaware law and educate the public and law enforcement.
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2016-02-03
Signed by Governor
SB172PassThis Act reduces the at-large membership of the Milford School Board from 4 to 3 as of June 30, 2016. The current at-large member holding that seat will continue to do so until the end of his term on June 30, 2016.
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2016-02-03
Signed by Governor
HB180PassThis Act authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to manage the eel fishery by regulation in order to adopt limits and sizes that are consistent with the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel (“Plan...
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2016-02-02
Signed by Governor
HJR4PassMany students in Delaware schools are failing to receive the education and training that is required to achieve the financial literacy required to be productive citizens. This joint resolution is designed to establish a task force to study and make ...
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2016-02-01
Signed by Governor
HB261IntroUnder existing law, when a child applies to enter a charter school, the burden is placed upon that charter school to contact the previous school district of the child to determine if the child was subject to expulsion. There are also children who are...
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2016-01-28
To House Education Committee
HB245EnrollThis Act authorizes the Judiciary to spend existing Appropriated Special Funds, collected by Family Court, for preliminary costs associated with the planning, design and land acquisition of downstate Family Court facilities. This funding would be exp...
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
SCR42EngrossThis resolution recognizes the NAWIC Delaware Chapter 96 and designates March 6 through 12, 2016 as “Women in Construction Week.”
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2016-01-28
Passed in House by Voice Vote
HJR3IntroThis Joint Resolution would establish the Delaware Efficiency and Cost Containment Committee (DECCC), which would be tasked with gathering, investigating, and recommending actions the General Assembly can consider to improve governmental effectivenes...
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2016-01-28
Stricken
SB184IntroThe purpose of this bill is to restrict the powers of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware and the Delaware Stadium Corporation to engage in real estate transactions.
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2016-01-28
To Senate Bond Committee
SCR45EngrossThis concurrent resolution commends and thanks the employees of the Delaware Department of Transportation for their tireless efforts to keep Delaware’s roads and sidewalks clear, economy vibrant, and motorists safe during Winter Storm Jonas.
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2016-01-28
Passed in House by Voice Vote
SCR43EngrossThis Resolution commends the Delaware State Dental Society on the success of its 12th Annual Give Kids a Smile Program and recognizes its continuing efforts to improve the dental health of Delaware’s children.
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2016-01-28
Passed in House by Voice Vote
HB275IntroBegin Synopsis Here
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2016-01-28
Introduced in House and assigned to Capital Infrastructure Committee
SB39EnrollThis bill provides for an increase of the minimum wage by .50 cents per year for the next 4 years beginning June 1, 2016 and adds a COLA increase thereafter.
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2016-01-28
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
SB180EngrossThis Act provides procedures to ensure that each child with a disability who has reached age 18 has an identified educational decision-maker to exercise rights under this chapter. A child with a disability who has capacity may exercise his own rights...
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2016-01-28
To House Education Committee
HCR53EngrossThis concurrent resolution outlines the General Assembly joining with the Food Bank of Delaware in the “148 in the 148th” Food Drive, with the goal of reaching 148,000 pounds of food or $148,000, or a combination thereof, by March 31, 201...
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
SB186IntroThis Act creates a Disabled Veteran School Tax Refund Fund to provide property tax refunds of up to $500 to individuals who are disabled veterans of the Unites States Armed Forces with a disability rating as determined by the United States Department...
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2016-01-28
To Senate Finance Committee
HCR52EngrossThis Resolution proclaims the week of January 24 through January 30, 2016 as National School Choice Week in Delaware.
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
SB183IntroThis Bill implements certain recommendations of the Lottery & Gaming Study Commission adopted on January 22, 2015 but not implemented by legislation in 2015. The Bill intends for the State to continue to benefit from video lottery proceeds, allow...
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2016-01-28
To Senate Finance Committee
HCR40IntroSeeking to address the pervasive problems of littering and illegal dumping in Delaware, this concurrent resolution would create the Delaware Anti-Dumping and Anti-Littering Task Force. The task force would be charged with defining the scope of the pr...
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2016-01-28
Passed in House by Voice Vote
SB175IntroBegin Synopsis Here
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2016-01-28
To Senate Finance Committee
SB179EnrollThis bill prohibits housing discrimination based on source of income by adding “source of income” as a protected class under the Delaware Fair Housing Act and the Landlord Tenant Code. A person may still take into account sufficiency of i...
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
HCR54EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes February 2016 as “African American History Month.” It also requests that the Governor issue a proclamation declaring the same and encouraging the State agencies and all Delawareans to observe the occa...
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
SB40EngrossThis Act eliminates capital punishment, except for those convicted of first-degree murder before the effective date of this Act. The procedures for determining punishment, review of punishment, and method of punishment for first-degree murder related...
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2016-01-28
Defeated by House of Representatives. Votes: Defeated 16 YES 23 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
SB177EngrossThis Act makes a technical correction to clarify language relating to the jurisdiction and powers of the Delaware Public Service Commission for public utilities that provide telecommunications services.
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
HCR51EngrossThis concurrent resolution designates the week of February 14-20, 2016, as “Children of Alcoholics Week” and calls upon Delawareans to break the silence and talk to their family and friends about alcoholism.
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
HB165IntroThis legislation requires that all full-time employees of the State, including employees of school districts, continuously in the employ of the state for at least one year, shall be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a ...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (HOUSE ADMINISTRATION) in House with 4 On Its Merits
HB239IntroThis bill creates the crime of Drug Dealing – Resulting in death. This purpose of this bill is to address the recent spike in deaths resulting from substances such as heroin and fentanyl.
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 7 On Its Merits
HB237EngrossThis bill sets the premium tax rate for trust owned private placement life insurance contracts covering the life of an individual at 2% for the first $100,000 in premiums collected, with a premium tax rate of 0.0% for all premiums collected in excess...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (INSURANCE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
SB164EnrollThis bill creates a special license plate for professional paramedics and retired professional paramedics.
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2016-01-27
To House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee
HB253IntroThis bill changes the earned income tax credit from nonrefundable to refundable and capable of exceeding the tax amount otherwise due. The credit is reduced from 20% of the corresponding federal earned income credit to 6% for 2017. That percentage in...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (REVENUE & FINANCE) in House with 6 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits
HB260IntroThis bill requires State Board of Education to hold all of its meetings at 5:30 p.m. or after, in order to facilitate the attendance of interested teachers, parents, and community members. The mission statement of the State Board of Education emphasi...
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2016-01-27
To House Education Committee
HB236IntroThis bill will allow for a school property tax exemption for a person of any age who has been designated as a disabled veteran by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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2016-01-27
Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
SB169EngrossDespite the enactment of Senate Bill No. 117 (148th General Assembly), 80 Del. Laws, c. 116, applicants for insurance producer licenses have continued to experience significant delays in receiving federal background checks. This Act further revises D...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/BANKING/INSURANCE/COMMERCE) in House with 2 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits
HB235PassThe Delaware Competes Act reforms Delaware’s business tax code to incentivize job creation and investment in Delaware, to make Delaware’s tax structure more competitive with other states, and to support small businesses by making tax comp...
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2016-01-27
Signed by Governor
HB231IntroThis bill requires that charter schools participate in the state retirement system.
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 1 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
HB224EngrossThis bill changes the size of the commission from 17 Commissioners to 15 to reflect the current number of commissioners serving. The increase in “at large” position will occur as current members terms expire and are replaced by “at ...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (VETERANS AFFAIRS) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
SB174EnrollThis legislation creates a Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission, similar to commissions that the state has in place to review child deaths and the deaths of domestic violence victims. The purpose of the Commission is to examine the facts and circ...
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2016-01-27
To House Health & Human Development Committee
SB163IntroThis Act makes changes to the existing habitual criminal statute by focusing penalties on Title 11 felonies, eliminating a mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment, and providing a mechanism for those convicted under existing law to petition t...
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2016-01-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
HB249IntroThis Act provides that appraisal for the value of goods and chattel seized by execution shall be done using generally recognized appraisal standards based on the type of property seized and/or the training and experience of the constable. For example...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 2 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
HB259IntroThis bill prohibits persons from performing an obstetrical ultrasound procedure unless such procedure is for a medical or diagnostic purpose. The FDA has raised concerns about the use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment for keepsake videos and views ...
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2016-01-27
To House Health & Human Development Committee
SB178IntroThis bill makes technical changes to the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III Child Protection Act.
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
HB248IntroThis bill moves the role of Investigation Coordinator in the child welfare system out of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families and into the Office of the Child Advocate. It also ensures that the Investigation Coordinator c...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 6 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
SB139EngrossOver the past several years, the federal government and states have begun to place liens on retirement accounts held by noncustodial parents who owe past due child support. This Bill will amend the Delaware Code to include public and private retireme...
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2016-01-27
To House Health & Human Development Committee
HB251IntroThis Act amends the Charter of the City of Seaford by altering the voting hours for a special election for annexation, borrowing money, or issuing bonds. It also authorizes the Seaford City Council to offer tax exemptions to economic development proj...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (HOUSE ADMINISTRATION) in House with 4 On Its Merits
SB173EngrossThis Act brings new motorcycles within the scope of the automobile Lemon Law.
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2016-01-27
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
HCR5IntroUnder the current Department of Education formula for providing State funds for education, there is a wide discrepancy in the funding per pupil between public school districts and among the other educational systems offered in this State. This Resolu...
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2016-01-26
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HB256IntroThis bill requires that any one-time settlement money that has a value to the state (after payments and distributions required by the terms of the settlement) of more than $2 million shall be deposited to the Transportation Trust Fund. This promotes ...
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2016-01-26
To House Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee
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