Delaware Senator Harris McDowell [D]

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DEHB30IntroThis Act conforms Delawares deadlines for filing certain information returns to those established in the Internal Revenue Code. In an effort to combat identity theft and taxpayer fraud, federal filing dates were recently changed. For example, startin...
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2018-01-23
Stricken in House
DEHB127EnrollThis bill updates Title 26 relating to the requirements for obtaining a certificate to operate in Delaware as a new electric transmission utility. This bill uses language similar to certificate requirements for water, wastewater, and other utility se...
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2018-01-23
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB300IntroThis 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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2018-01-23
[Hearing: Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm]
Amendment HA 1 to HB 300 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB308IntroThis 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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2018-01-23
[Hearing: Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm]
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB305IntroIn 2011, as part of a general overhaul of Delawares drug laws, this provision was inserted into Title 16 to allow juvenile adjudications to count as prior qualifying offenses for purposes of increasing the sentence of certain drug offenders. Pursuant...
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2018-01-23
[Hearing: Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm]
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB304IntroThis Act substitutes gender neutral phrases for the ones currently contained in the State Song of Delaware. The proposed changes come at the request of Donn Devine, a retired Brigadier General in the Delaware National Guard and co-author of the State...
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2018-01-23
To House Administration Committee
DEHB307IntroUnited 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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2018-01-23
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB306IntroThis 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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2018-01-23
To House Judiciary 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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2018-01-17
Reported Out of Committee (House Administration) in House with 3 Favorable
DEHB204EnrollThis Act makes a number of changes to Chapter 21, Title 11 of the Delaware Code, with the goal of modernizing the pretrial process, reducing reliance on monetary conditions, improving the efficiency and outcomes for the criminal justice system, and e...
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2018-01-16
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 5 NO 1 NOT VOTING
DEHB299IntroThis 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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2018-01-16
To House Administration Committee
DESB148IntroThis Act restores the Delaware Prescription Drug Payment Assistance Program which was eliminated in the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Appropriations Act.
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2018-01-10
To Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee
DEHB282IntroIn order to support enrichment activities such as field trips for students at high-poverty schools, this bill would require the State to provide $25 per student to high poverty schools to be used for the purpose of educational and enrichment field tr...
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2017-12-14
To House Education Committee
DEHB9PassThis bill allows judicial discretion when juveniles are charged with any of the five specific offenses carved out in state code that say a juvenile of 16 or older, or 15 in the case of § 1447A, must be prosecuted as an adult. The bill simply changes...
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2017-10-12
Signed by Governor
DEHB8PassThis bill seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for the Juvenile Offender Civil Citation Program by including the offense of possession of drug paraphernalia and permitting a second referral to the Juvenile Offender Civil Citation Program where th...
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2017-10-12
Signed by Governor
DEHB255PassThis Act establishes the ability of state and school district employees to use the donated leave program to donate and accept annual leave and sick time for use by employees in connection with the birth or adoption of a child under the age of 6 years...
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2017-09-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB15PassThis bill creates a requirement that all public high schools, including charter schools, shall offer at least one computer science course at the high school level by the 2020-2021 school year. Also, this bill creates a requirement that, by the 2018-2...
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2017-09-22
Signed by Governor
DEHB21PassThis Act takes steps to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not denied access to organ transplant procedures based solely on their disability. Historically, individuals with disabilities have sometimes been denied access to life-saving orga...
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2017-09-13
Signed by Governor
DEHB40PassThis Act authorizes the Family Court to order the Department of Health and Social Services ("DHSS") to determine whether a child who is 17 years old or older and in the custody of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Fam...
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2017-09-08
Signed by Governor
DEHB39PassThis Act extends Family Court's jurisdiction under Chapter 50, Title 16, over a youth who has a mental condition and requires services or treatment but is not amenable to or compliant with such services.
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2017-09-08
Signed by Governor
DEHB189PassThe Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Investment Act creates a new Chapter 16 of Title 17 that will accelerate investment in mobile broadband infrastructure and ready the State for the next wave of economic development in the digital economy. In recog...
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2017-08-31
Signed by Governor
DEHB216PassThis amendment to Section 8-200 of the Charter of the City of Wilmington raises some of the threshold amounts for bid requirements in the procurement process. The purpose of the amendment is to improve City of Wilmington procurement procedures, incre...
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2017-08-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB47PassThis bill removes the notary requirement for requests for absentee ballots. Delaware is the only state that requires a notary to authorize a voter's affidavit for an absentee ballot. In some cases, the potential voter may have to pay for the nota...
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2017-07-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB35PassThis bill sets forth a framework for the licensing, regulation and inspection of business establishments that provide massage and bodywork services. This bill places oversight of any business offering massage services in the hands of the Board of Mas...
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2017-07-26
Signed by Governor
DEHB217PassSection 1 of this Act clarifies that subcontractors are obligated to ensure the secrecy of tax returns and tax information.
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2017-07-21
Signed by Governor
DEHB34PassThis bill expands the list of persons eligible to participate in the Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Scholarship Program to include employees of non-public libraries in Delaware that join the Delaware Library C...
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2017-07-19
Signed by Governor
DEHB199PassThe Board of Pension Trustees has established policies and practices for the administration of the Delaware Public Employees Retirement System. Based on the recommendations of the Boards Best Practices review, this Act will codify some of these polic...
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2017-07-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB215PassThis bill eliminates the sunset provision on the at-store recycling program for plastic bags. The program established in 2009 included a sunset provision until 2014. In 2014, the General Assembly extended that sunset provision to 2017. This bill elim...
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2017-07-17
Signed by Governor
DESB103PassThis Act extends the Clean Air Act Title V Operating Permit Program annual fees for facilities in Delaware. This Act was developed through the Title V Operating Permit Program Advisory Committee. The existing statutory authorization for the fees suns...
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2017-07-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB201PassThis Act clarifies that after a physician-patient relationship has been properly established in accordance with this section, subsequent communications and treatment may be conducted as the doctor and patient deem appropriate. As with all practice of...
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2017-07-12
Signed by Governor
DEHJR6EngrossThis House Joint Resolution directs the Department of Education, with the assistance of the Delaware State Board of Education, to promulgate regulations that include specific guidelines to prohibit discrimination in school district employment practic...
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2017-07-12
To Senate Education Committee
DEHB275PassThis Substitute is the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriation Act.
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2017-07-03
Signed by Governor
DEHJR10PassThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2018.
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2017-07-03
Signed by Governor
DEHB281PassThis Act provides supplementary appropriations to certain Grants-in-Aid for Fiscal Year 2018.
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2017-07-03
Signed by Governor
DEHJR9PassThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2017
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2017-07-03
Signed by Governor
DESB9EnrollThis Act is intended to implement the recommendations in the December 9, 2015 Report of the Work A Day Earn A Pay Task Force. The Act will create a Work A Day Earn A Pay Public Works Jobs Program in Delaware.
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2017-07-02
To House Labor Committee
DESCR26EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes June 2017 as LGBTQ Pride Month in the State of Delaware.
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2017-07-02
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DESJR2PassThis Joint Resolution urges the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept either alternative cost allocation methodology of the Artificial Island Project as presented by PJM.
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2017-06-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB280IntroThis Act provides supplementary appropriations to certain Grants-in-Aid for Fiscal Year 2018.
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2017-06-29
Defeated By House. Votes: 24 YES 1 NO 16 ABSENT
DEHB11PassThis Act removes the prohibition against receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF also referred to by the name Aid for Families with Dependent Children or AFDC) funds by persons convicted of a drug felony, so long as that person is ot...
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2017-06-28
Signed by Governor
DESB10IntroThis 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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2017-06-28
Amendment SA 2 to SB 10 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB112IntroThis Act creates the Delaware Student Entrepreneur Program Fund. The primary purposes of the Act are as follows: (1) To attract and retain high-skilled, entrepreneurs, including immigrants to the United States, that graduated from Delaware higher edu...
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2017-06-27
Amendment SA 2 to SB 112 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB113IntroThis bill authorizes the creation of a Delaware Voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (D-PACE) program to establish a clean energy financing program for the installation of energy efficiency technologies and clean energy systems for qualifying com...
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2017-06-27
Laid On Table in Senate
DESR15EngrossThis Resolution recognizes June 27, 2017, as Staff Appreciation Day in the Delaware State Senate.
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2017-06-27
Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 ABSENT
DESB50IntroDelaware's Community College System, operated by Delaware Technical and Community College (the College), plays a critical role in the State's economy by providing workforce development and transfer education that connects Delawareans with goo...
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2017-06-21
Amendment SA 1 to SB 50 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESCR32EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes Ramadan and Muslim residents of this State as they observe Ramadan.
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2017-06-15
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DEHB174IntroThis Act raises the first offense of purchasing or obtaining a firearm for someone not legally qualified to own, possess or purchase one from a Class F to a Class E Felony. This change is to deter such "straw purchases" by making jail time ...
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2017-06-14
Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 9 On Its Merits
DESR13EngrossThis Resolution expresses sadness and concern at the June 14, 2017 shootings in Alexandria, Virginia.
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2017-06-14
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHB114PassThe purpose of this amendment is to better protect the motorists of the State of Delaware by raising the minimum automobile bodily injury and property damage limits to reflect the current economic conditions. The minimum automobile liability limits h...
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2017-06-13
Signed by Governor
DEHB5IntroThis Act is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide for equal rights. This amendment would advance human dignity and equality for all under the Delaware Constitution, and would correct a constitutional shortcoming. It su...
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2017-06-13
Defeated By House. Votes: 24 YES 9 NO 7 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
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