Delaware Representative Debra Heffernan [D]

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DEHB140EngrossThis non-punitive, public-health oriented bill seeks to codify certain sections of the federal law known as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), as amended by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), that requires states ...
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2018-04-24
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB302EnrollThis Substitute Act incorporates House Bill No. 302, and also makes the following changes to House Bill No. 302:
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2018-04-24
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB169IntroThis Act modernizes the language of the crime of sexual relations in a detention facility and adds a prohibition on any sexual activity between law-enforcement personnel and persons in custody. The new statutes are different from the one being replac...
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2018-04-24
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm]
Amendment SA 1 to SB 169 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB382IntroThis Act has the effect of renaming the Delaware Department of Transportation Welcome Center on Interstate 95 at 530 JFK Memorial Highway, Newark, Delaware as the "Biden Welcome Center" in honor of the Biden family. This gesture is made bec...
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2018-04-24
To House Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee
DESB80IntroThis Act replicates and extends to electric and natural gas utilities the same authority that has previously been granted to water utilities. This authority allows for the implementation of an interim rate mechanism already in existence for water uti...
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2018-04-19
Amendment SA 1 to SS 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB307EngrossUnited States Supreme Court case law and scientific research has changed how we think about juvenile delinquency. We know now that an adolescents brain is not fully developed until his/her mid-twenties which makes juveniles especially prone to making...
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2018-04-19
Passed By House. Votes: 39 YES 2 ABSENT
DEHB314EngrossThis Act provides for a clear and established procedure and time frame during which public employees may revoke their membership in an employee organization. This Act allows public employers and employee organizations to manage membership status and ...
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2018-04-19
Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 3 NO 3 ABSENT
DEHB346IntroThis Act establishes the High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program. The Program allows qualified applicants to apply for a payment from the State to the applicants lending agency, to pay a portion of the applicants student loan debt. The purpo...
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2018-04-19
To House Appropriations Committee
DESCR50EngrossThis Resolution recognizes April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Delaware.
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2018-04-19
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DEHB337EngrossThis Act prohibits marriage of individuals under 18 years of age.
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2018-04-19
Passed By House. Votes: 23 YES 11 NO 6 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
DESCR54EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the success of the Delaware Health Information Network, a locally developed health information exchange, which has become a national model and continues to grow as an independent healthcare information technology...
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2018-04-19
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DESB7IntroThis Act provides county and municipal police and firefighters with the same pension burial benefit that is provided to state employees effective July 1, 2016. This Act is named for Wilmington Firefighters Captain Christopher M. Leach, Lieutenant Jer...
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2018-04-18
Amendment SA 1 to SB 7 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB90IntroThis bill establishes in-person early voting for the State of Delaware. Registered voters will be allowed to vote in-person for at least 10 days prior to an election, up to and including the Saturday and Sunday immediately prior to the election at lo...
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2018-04-18
Amendment HA 2 to HB 90 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB284EnrollThis Bill would allow all on-premises licensees who sell a bottle of alcohol (other than beer) to place a cap on the bottle and allow patrons to take it home with them for consumption later. Delaware was one of the first states to recognize that it w...
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2018-04-18
Passed By Senate. Votes: 19 YES 2 ABSENT
DESB155EngrossThis Act prohibits a flagger from using headphones or electronic communication devices while engaged in traffic control in a work zone. This Act permits a flagger to use an electronic communication device approved by the Department of Transportation....
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2018-04-18
Tabled in Committee
DEHB306EngrossThis bill permits judges to utilize their discretion in determining whether a juvenile charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony should be transferred back to Family Court or remain in Superior Court. Prior to 2017, possessio...
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2018-04-18
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm]
To Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
DESB153EnrollThis Act creates the Delaware Native Species Commission ("Commission"), which is one of the recommendations of the Statewide Ecological Extinction Task Force, created by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 20 of the 149th General Assembly. The...
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2018-04-18
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 7 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
DEHB339EngrossThis bill allows children under the age of 18 to be transferred to the Department of Corrections only after adjudication and an imposition of a sentence of incarceration. Currently, Delaware permits juveniles charged with adult offenses to be held in...
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2018-04-18
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm]
To Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
DEHB349EngrossThis Act creates a Delaware Commission on Irish Heritage and Culture.
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2018-04-18
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm]
To Senate Elections & Government Affairs Committee
DEHB356IntroThis Act allows the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to lease historic structures on State public lands to individuals or corporate entities. The lessee would be required to renovate and maintain the structure up to the appli...
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2018-04-18
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 8 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DEHB399EngrossThis is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide equal rights on the basis of sex. There is no Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. While Congress passed the Amendment in 1972, it was not ratified by ...
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2018-04-18
To Senate Executive Committee
DESB166IntroThis Act requires that feminine hygiene products be provided free of charge to individuals in custody at facilities operated by the Department of Correction and facilities operated by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
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2018-04-18
Reported Out of Committee (Elections & Government Affairs) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB172IntroThis bill will increase the public transparency of education funding information by directing the Department of Education to:
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2018-04-18
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 3:30 pm]
To Senate Education Committee
DESB171IntroIndividuals who are released from prison face many hurdles as they re-enter the community, including difficulty obtaining identification documents. Lacking identification imposes additional hurdles as these individuals attempt to find housing and emp...
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2018-04-18
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 12:30 pm]
To Senate Corrections & Public Safety Committee
DEHB308EnrollThis Act removes the sunset provision contained in Volume 80, Chapter 412 of the Laws of Delaware (formerly House Bill No. 405, as amended, of the 148th General Assembly) that is set to expire the law on September 8, 2018. The purpose of Volume 80, C...
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2018-04-17
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB380IntroThis bill allows first-time home buyers to pay their portion of the realty transfer tax at the rate that was in effect prior to the increase that took effect on August 1, 2017. The credit is calculated as 0.5% of the first $400,000 in home value, wit...
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2018-04-17
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
DEHB374IntroThis bill adds glaucoma, chronic debilitating migraines, pediatric autism spectrum disorder, pediatric sensory processing disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions which may qualify a person, upon certification by a physician, to be eli...
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2018-04-17
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 3:30 pm]
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DESB85EngrossThis Act draws attention to the types of discipline used in schools by capturing data about out-of-school suspensions and publishing that data, in an effort to help schools identify areas where the data regarding out-of-school suspensions indicates t...
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2018-04-12
To House Education Committee
DEHB375IntroThis Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer, or delivery of large-capacity magazines, which are defined as ammunition feeding devices with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
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2018-04-12
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB371IntroThis legislation makes two minor modifications to Delawares background check process for prospective employees and volunteers at child-serving entities. It: 1) clarifies that an employer who must first obtain a signed authorization from the prospecti...
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2018-04-12
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 3:30 pm]
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DEHB370IntroThis Bill adds the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources and the Executive Director of Delaware CLASI or their designees to the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereinafter EFOC). The Bill also allows non-Delaware residents who work in...
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2018-04-12
To House Labor Committee
DESB158PassThis Act allows a person to land food fish in Delaware that was caught using equipment or a method illegal in Delaware waters if the food fish was caught in the fishery conservation zone, the person has the necessary State and federal permits, the am...
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2018-04-05
Signed by Governor
DEHB310IntroThe Certification of Adoption of Sustainability and Transparency Standards Act (the Act) establishes a voluntary disclosure regime to foster dialogue around sustainability and responsibility among participating Delaware business entities and their va...
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2018-03-29
Amendment HA 1 to HB 310 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB330EngrossThis bill changes the age of a person to whom another person can sell, give or transfer a firearm or ammunition for a firearm from 18 to 21. However, this bill permits a person to sell, give or transfer a firearm or ammunition for a firearm to a pers...
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2018-03-29
Amendment SA 5 to HS 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB164IntroThis Act extends the amount of notice that an insurer must provide to a policyholder before cancelling an automobile policy for the nonpayment of a premium from 10 to 15 days.
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2018-03-29
Reported Out of Committee (Banking, Business & Insurance) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits
DEHCR72EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes April 10, 2018, as "Equal Pay Day".
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2018-03-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHB360IntroThis bill seeks to offer broader protections for Delaware workers against sexual harassment than those found at the federal level by defining sexual harassment as an unlawful employment practice and clarifying the definition of employee to include st...
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2018-03-29
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm]
To House Labor Committee
DESB151IntroBirth control use is nearly universal among women of reproductive age in the United States and is a key part of preventative health care for women. Access to birth control provides health benefits for women and children, improves women's ability ...
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2018-03-29
To Senate Banking, Business & Insurance Committee
DESB11IntroThis Act relates to police and fire pension funds created under Title 18 of the Delaware Code. The General Assembly created a special fund in the hopes of ensuring adequate pensions for affected police officers and firefighters, and their surviving s...
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2018-03-28
To Senate Finance Committee
DESB6IntroThis Act increases the state employees' pension plan burial benefit from $7,000 to $10,000 effective July 1, 2016. This benefit has not been changed since July 2001.
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2018-03-28
To Senate Finance Committee
DESB168IntroAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 42% of all face-to-face contact between individuals and law-enforcement officers occurred during a traffic stop.
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2018-03-28
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 3:30 pm]
To Senate Education Committee
DESB170IntroThis bill increases the minimum wage to be paid in this State beginning in 2018 and ending in 2021.
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2018-03-28
To Senate Labor Committee
DEHB300EnrollThis bill makes it a crime to sell, transfer, buy, receive or possess a trigger crank or bump-fire device designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle, making such weapon function more like an automatic weapon. A bump stock was us...
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2018-03-27
Amendment HA 3 to HB 300 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHCR66EngrossThis House Concurrent Resolution designates March 27, 2018 "Girl Scout Day" in the State of Delaware.
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2018-03-27
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB163IntroThis Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receipt, possession, or transport of assault weapons in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions. One exception relevant to individuals is that the Act does not prohibit the ...
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2018-03-22
To Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
DESB10EngrossThis Act increases the minimum wage required to be paid in this State by 50 cents a year beginning in 2017 and ending in 2020. After 2020, the minimum wage required to be paid in this State increases based on cost-of-living adjustments under the fede...
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2018-03-20
Defeated By Senate. Votes: 10 YES 9 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
DESB162IntroConfessions are powerful evidence of guilt. This Act adopts the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Electronic Recordation of Custodial Interrogations Act to promote truth-finding, promote efficiency, and protect constitutional values. To accomplish...
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2018-03-20
To Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
DEHB338IntroThis Act increases the eligibility for a child with a disability to be eligible for free appropriate public education from the end of the school year in which the child attains the age of 21 to the end of the school year in which the child attains th...
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2018-03-15
[Hearing: Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm]
To House Education Committee
DEHB3IntroThis 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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2018-03-14
To House Appropriations Committee
DESCR45EngrossThis Senate Resolution designates March as Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month in Delaware and encourages the Department of Health and Social Services to research methods to prevent and raise awareness of eating disorders.
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2018-03-08
Passed In House by Voice Vote
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