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DESB73IntroThis Act permits an individual to practice dentistry for the Division of Public Health (Division) under a provisional license. Delaware law provides several routes for entering practice on an interim basis until full licensure can be obtained, howeve...
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2021-02-26
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DESB64IntroThis Act requires that accumulated snow and ice be removed from surfaces of a vehicle before it is operated and imposes a civil penalty for a violation. This Act also creates a civil penalty for each instance where snow or ice dislodges from a moving...
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2021-02-26
[Hearing: Mar 10 @ 10:00 am]
To Senate Transportation Committee
DESB68IntroThis Act expands eligibility for the Department of Correction's Education Assistance Fund beyond correctional officers to employees who hold a position at paygrade 15 or below and meet the other existing requirements.
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2021-02-26
[Hearing: Mar 10 @ 11:30 am]
To Senate Elections & Government Affairs Committee
DESB69IntroUnder House Bill No. 354, which was enacted by the 150th General Assembly, death certificates may be electronically filed with the Delaware Vital Events Registration System until March 30, 2021. This Act removes the sunset provision, so that death ce...
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2021-02-26
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DESB72IntroThis Act clarifies that discrimination against any person because of religion is illegal under Chapter 45 of Title 6, the Delaware Equal Accommodations Act. Religion and religious beliefs were always intended to be protected under the Delaware Equal ...
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2021-02-26
To Senate Banking, Business & Insurance Committee
DESB65IntroThis Act establishes the Focus on Alternative Skills Training Program ("FAST"). FAST will provide tuition, up to $9,000, to Delaware residents who have obtained a high school diploma, Diploma of Alternate Achievement Standards, or a Delawar...
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2021-02-26
To Senate Labor Committee
DESB75IntroThis Act revises the Fair Housing Act to repeal the exception to discrimination based on source of income that allows a landlord to discriminate against tenants who participate in government-sponsored rental assistance programs. This exemption contri...
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2021-02-26
To Senate Housing Committee
DEHB11PassThis 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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2021-02-23
Signed by Governor
DESB32EngrossA 2019 study found the following:
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2021-02-19
To House Administration Committee
DESB21EngrossThis 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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2021-02-19
To House Energy Committee
DESB23EngrossThis 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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2021-02-19
[Hearing: Mar 10 @ 11:00 am]
To House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee
DEHB107IntroIn the 1943 decision West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 63 S. Ct. 1178, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public school requirement that students salute the flag or face punishment violated the First Amendment of the Constitution be...
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2021-02-19
To House Education Committee
DEHB102IntroThis Act removes the broad exemption in the Freedom of Information Act for the University of Delaware and Delaware State University and creates the following specific exemptions for some records of public institutions:
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2021-02-19
To House Administration Committee
DEHB111IntroIndividuals who are at very high risk of getting HIV can take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. PrEP medication reduces the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99% if taken daily. This Act prohibits disc...
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2021-02-19
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB35PassThis 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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2021-02-17
Signed by Governor
DESB42PassThis 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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2021-02-16
Signed by Governor
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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2021-02-12
Amendment SA 1 to SB 29 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB63IntroThis Act limits the use of certain Class B firefighting foams (Class B foams) in Delaware. Class B foams are used to put out fires caused by flammable liquids like gasoline, oil, and jet fuel, and can be divided into 2 categories: those with PFAS che...
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2021-02-12
To Senate Corrections & Public Safety Committee
DESB61IntroThe Agricultural Lands Preservation Act allows existing farm structures that are no longer in use, but which existed when the farmland was placed in the preservation program, to be converted to use for public gatherings under specific limitations. Ex...
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2021-02-12
[Hearing: Mar 9 @ 11:30 am]
To Senate Agriculture Committee
DESB60IntroThis Act allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend medical marijuana for adult patients.
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2021-02-12
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DESB33PassThis Act modifies the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act to do the following:
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2021-02-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB65PassThis 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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2021-02-08
Signed by Governor
DEHB1EngrossFood 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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2021-01-28
To Senate Banking, Business & Insurance Committee
DEHB55EngrossIn 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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2021-01-28
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DESB31EnrollThis 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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2021-01-28
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DESB22EnrollThis 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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2021-01-28
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DESB56IntroThis Act codifies the Opportunity Fund, an additional source of educational funding for Delaware public schools intended to support the increased needs of low income and English learner students, and establishes the parameters for how the funding is ...
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2021-01-28
To Senate Education Committee
DEHB96IntroThis Act prohibits multiple service charges for residential trash collection service. However, under this Act, specific charges are allowed for the following:
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2021-01-28
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB106IntroThis Act appropriates $35,726,700 to provide one-time funded projects through the Office of Management and Budget.
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2021-01-28
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB100IntroThis Act establishes a mental health services unit for Delaware elementary schools. The unit is at a ratio of 250 full-time equivalent students grades K-5 for a full-time school counselor, school social worker, or licensed clinical social worker. Add...
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2021-01-28
To House Education Committee
DESB50IntroThis Bill is the Fiscal Year 2022 Bond and Capital Improvements Act.
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2021-01-28
To Senate Capital Improvement Committee
DEHB105IntroThis Bill is the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Act.
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2021-01-28
To House Appropriations Committee
DESB55IntroThis Act creates emergency access to epinephrine that allows an institution of higher education to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine autoinjectors if an employee or agent has completed a training program. This Act allows the individual who ha...
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2021-01-28
[Hearing: Mar 9 @ 10:00 am]
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DEHB95IntroThis Act requires that individual, group, State employee, and public assistance insurance plans provide coverage for epinephrine autoinjectors for individuals who are 18 years of age or under and must include at least 1 formulation of epinephrine aut...
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2021-01-28
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB94IntroThe minimum wage for employees who receive tips or gratuities has not changed since 1983, when the overall state minimum wage was $3.35 per hour. Tipped wage workers at that time were paid a percentage 66.67% of the minimum wage, which was $2.23 pe...
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2021-01-28
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB92IntroThis Act reduces the term of a member elected to a school board from 5 years to 4 years for members elected after December 31, 2021.
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2021-01-28
To House Education Committee
DEHB87IntroThis bill increases the membership of the Human Trafficking Interagency Coordinating Council to 24 members by adding representatives from the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Criminal Justice Council, the Department of Transportation, and th...
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2021-01-27
[Hearing: Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm]
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB88IntroThis bill removes the training minimum wage and youth minimum wage, which takes effect 90 days after enactment.
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2021-01-27
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB86IntroThis Act provides increased funding for kindergarten through third grade students identified as eligible for basic special education services. Currently, basic special education is provided for students in fourth through twelfth grade who are identif...
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2021-01-27
To House Education Committee
DEHB89IntroThis act will allow a critical need reimbursement to be distributed directly to an institute of higher education or Secretary of Education approved Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification program for an eligible teacher who is takin...
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2021-01-27
To House Education Committee
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
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
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
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
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