Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DEHB16IntroSection 1 of this Act modifies Delawares Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to allow recipients to choose the most beneficial credit to be applied against their Delaware Personal Income Taxes. Under this Act, recipients can choose between a non-refundab...
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Revenue & Finance) in House with 11 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
DEHB35IntroThis Act establishes a Behavioral Health Professional of the year award program throughout the State. Through this legislation, the state will formally honor and recognize the work behavioral health professionals, such as, school counselors, social w...
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2021-01-26
Suspension of Rules in House
DEHB11IntroThis Act represents the work and recommendations of the Local Service Functions Task Force created by House Concurrent Resolution No. 54 of the 150th General Assembly (Task Force). The Task Force held 17 meetings during 2019 and 2020 and after consid...
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2021-01-26
Suspension of Rules in House
DEHB1IntroFood and drink establishments suffered great losses since March, 2020 due to the pandemic including millions of dollars in lost sales and the loss of an tens of thousands of jobs in this State. This Act extends the provisions contained in HB 349 from...
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2021-01-26
Suspension of Rules in House
DEHB55IntroIn 2009, New Hampshire was the first state to develop a statewide "Gun Shop Project," reaching out to gun shops regarding the role they can play in suicide prevention. In the years since, at least 21 other states have implemented similar ca...
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2021-01-26
Amendment HA 1 to HB 55 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB33EngrossThis Act modifies the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act to do the following:
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 6 Favorable, 2 Unfavorable
DEHB72IntroThis Act creates the position of Deputy Commissioner of Correction.
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Corrections) in House with 6 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits
DEHB73IntroThis Act reflects a recommendation of the 2019 Comprehensive Reentry Plan and Progress Report which allows the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole officers the flexibility to recommend to a court house arrest (Level IV home confinement) f...
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Corrections) in House with 5 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DEHB37IntroDelaware, like the rest of the country and the world, has been struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic since March of 2020. The worst outbreaks have occurred in facilities where people live and/or work in tight communal settings long-term care facilit...
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Corrections) in House with 2 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DESB31EngrossThis Act is the second leg of a constitutional amendment to add race, color, and national origin to § 21 of Article I of the Delaware Constitution to explicitly declare that protection against discrimination based on race, color, and national origin...
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Administration) in House with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DESB22EngrossThis Act prohibits the import, export, sale, transport, distribution, or propagation of any plant identified by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, with the advice of the Delaware Native Species Commission, as an invasive plant. This Act ...
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2021-01-26
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 6 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DEHB83IntroIn January 2020, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections that they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation that was enacted by the 150th General Assembly in 2019 or as...
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2021-01-26
To House Administration Committee
DESB54IntroThis bill makes certain technical amendments to the Delaware Voluntary Clean Energy Financing Program Based on Property Assessments (D-PACE) Act. The amendments are based upon comments received from New Castle County and the lending community. The bi...
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2021-01-26
To Senate Environmental & Energy Committee
DESB42EngrossThis Act suspends the educator evaluation system during the 2020-2021 school year and replaces it with an observation and feedback cycle that provides educators with coaching and support related to hybrid and remote learning practices. This Act provi...
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2021-01-22
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 11:00 am]
To House Education Committee
DESB46IntroThis Act permits wedding venues and persons renting a premises for other social gatherings to allow customers to bring alcoholic beverages onto the premises, if licensed by the Commissioner as a bottle club.
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2021-01-22
To Senate Banking, Business & Insurance Committee
DESB49IntroThis act clarifies that the University of Delaware, like other institutes of higher learning including Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College, must comply with the terms of the Prevailing Wage Law for projects secured ...
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2021-01-22
To Senate Labor Committee
DEHB20IntroThis bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can have a menstrual cycle. This bill also requires schools to publish on its ...
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2021-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 9 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
DEHB48IntroThis Act establishes a Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program for new primary care providers to be administered by the Delaware Health Care Commission. Under the loan repayment program, the Health Care Commission may award education loan repayme...
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2021-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 8 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
DEHB65EngrossThis bill provides COVID-19 related relief to both claimants receiving unemployment benefits and employers who are assessed unemployment taxes, and extends the end date of the Secretary of Labors COVID-19 related rulemaking authority. Section 1 waive...
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2021-01-21
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm]
To Senate Labor Committee
DESB29IntroThis Act enhances 2 existing agricultural horse racing programs, the Delaware Standardbred Breeder's Program and the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred program, by providing additional funding. Under this Act, horsemen provide half of the additional...
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2021-01-21
To Senate Finance Committee
DESB23IntroThis Act creates a special license plate for those citizens who wish to support pollinator habitat creation and conservation. This Act requires a greater-than-majority vote for passage because Article VIII, § 11 of the Delaware Constitution requires...
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2021-01-21
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 11:30 am]
To Senate Environmental & Energy Committee
DESCR3EngrossThis resolution honors Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris for her service and dedication to the United States of America and the inspiration she provides to women and people of color, and offers appreciation and support for her historic Vice Presi...
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2021-01-21
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DEHB75IntroThis Act is the final leg of a constitutional amendment that would eliminate from the Delaware Constitution the limitations as to when an individual may vote by absentee ballot. This amendment to the Delaware Constitution provides that the General As...
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2021-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (Administration) in House with 3 Favorable, 1 Unfavorable
DEHB80IntroThis bill provides that for correction officers and specified peace officers, the amount of ordinary service or disability pension benefits given to state employees shall also include the following: (1) Before January 1, 2022, 2.45% of his or her fin...
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2021-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (Administration) in House with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DESCR4EngrossThis Senate Concurrent Resolution proclaims January 23, 2021, as "Maternal Health Awareness Day" in the State of Delaware.
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2021-01-21
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DESCR5EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution provides for a Joint Session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to be convened for the purpose of hearing an address by the Honorable John C. Carney, Jr., Governor of the State of Delaware.
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2021-01-21
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DEHB81IntroThis Act allows 2 or more microbreweries to share brewing equipment if the microbreweries maintain separate premises to sell their product to consumers and wholesalers.
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2021-01-21
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DESB44IntroThis Act allows the Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission ("Commission") to review all deaths related to a drug overdose, regardless of the type of drug implicated in the overdose death. This change will allow the Commission to obtain an...
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2021-01-21
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DEHCR4EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution requests that the Secretary of the Department of Transportation provide a report within 30 days of final passage of this Concurrent Resolution to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representati...
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2021-01-19
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB76IntroThis act designates rescue dogs as the official state dog.
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2021-01-19
To House Administration Committee
DESR6EngrossThis Resolution condemns the violence at and assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021; commits the Senate to peaceful, thoughtful, and respectful discourse in the conduct of public business; and expresses gratitude to the members of th...
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2021-01-19
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB44IntroThis Act reflects the National Association of Insurance Commissioners revisions to the Model Credit for Reinsurance Act. The revisions make the law consistent with provisions of covered agreements with the European Union and United Kingdom with respe...
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2021-01-14
Reported Out of Committee (Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce) in House with 6 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
DEHB41IntroSection 1 of this Act clarifies that the reinstatement obligations of insurers under Section 3903(d) apply in instances of both nonrenewals and cancellations of policies due to nonpayment of premiums. Sections 2 through 4 of this Act revise the metho...
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2021-01-14
Reported Out of Committee (Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce) in House with 6 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
DESCR1EnrollThis Concurrent Resolution provides for a Joint Session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to be convened for the purpose of announcing the vote for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Delaware.
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2021-01-14
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHCR2EngrossThis House Concurrent Resolution honors Delaware's first responders and essential workers who have continued performing duties that are vital to the health, safety, and well-being of all Delawareans as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2021-01-14
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHCR5EngrossThis resolution honors President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. for his service and dedication to Delaware, and offers appreciation and support in his Presidency.
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2021-01-14
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 6 NO
DEHB200IntroMany of the States waters do not meet water quality standards to support their designated uses, such as for drinking, swimming or supporting aquatic life. The Clean Water for Delaware Act establishes a framework for assessing needs and planning and i...
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2021-01-13
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 7 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DEHB18IntroThis Act revises the requirements for the shape of a Complete Community Enterprise Districts (District) to maximize the use of transit, walking, and bicycling by residents and employees. Specifically, this Act does all of the following:
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2021-01-13
Reported Out of Committee (Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure) in House with 4 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DEHB32IntroThis Act provides all law-enforcement officers the authority to enforce the existing labeling requirements for dumpsters that are in a public road or parking lot.
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2021-01-13
Reported Out of Committee (Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure) in House with 4 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DEHB64IntroThis Act creates the following new tax brackets: at $125,000, with a rate of 7.10%, at $250,000, with a rate of 7.85%, and at $500,000, with a rate of 8.6%.
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2021-01-13
To House Revenue & Finance Committee
DESR1EngrossThis Resolution establishes the roll of members of the Senate of the 151st General Assembly.
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2021-01-12
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESR2EngrossThis Resolution enacts the Rules of the Senate for the 151st General Assembly until further action of the Senate.
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2021-01-12
Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 NO
DESR4EngrossThis Resolution elects Ryan C. Dunphy to be the Secretary of the Senate of the 151st General Assembly and appoints Raymond Lewis to be the Assistant Secretary of the Senate of the 151st General Assembly.
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2021-01-12
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHCR1EnrollThis Concurrent Resolution accepts and approves the January 8, 2021, actions of the President of the Senate and the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives, declares an emergency under § 5 of Article II and § 1 of Article XVII of the De...
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2021-01-12
Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 NO
DESR5EngrossThis Resolution directs the Secretary of the Senate to notify the House of Representatives and the Governor that the Senate of the 151st General Assembly is organized.
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2021-01-12
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB27IntroThis Act is the first leg of a constitutional amendment that repeals the provisions regarding legislative districts that were found unconstitutional in the 1960s by the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States District Court for the D...
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2021-01-12
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm]
To Senate Executive Committee
DESB32IntroA 2019 study found the following:
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2021-01-12
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm]
To Senate Judiciary Committee
DESB21IntroThis Act amends the Delaware Energy Act to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the State by creating more accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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2021-01-12
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 11:30 am]
To Senate Environmental & Energy Committee
DESB26IntroThis Act requires that meetings of the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical and Community College must be livestreamed using technology that permits the public to hear all participants co...
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2021-01-12
To Senate Education Committee
DESB24IntroThe intent of this Act is to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the environment and to raise awareness of the need to properly dispose of balloons. To that end, this Act imposes a civil penalty for the violation of intentionally releasing 5 o...
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2021-01-12
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 11:30 am]
To Senate Environmental & Energy Committee
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