Delaware Senator Harris McDowell [D]

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DESB243EngrossSince 1973, § 9605(b) of Title 9 of the Delaware Code (§ 9605) has prohibited the recordation of instruments that restrict the sale, gift, transfer, assignment, conveyance, ownership, lease, rental, use, or occupancy of real property to or by any p...
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2018-06-22
To House Housing & Community Affairs Committee
DESB263EngrossThis Act amends the Delaware Governmental Accountability Act to make the annual budget process part of a performance management system of strategic planning, performance metrics and performance budgeting, dedicated to continuous process improvement t...
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2018-06-22
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB480IntroThis legislation increases access to Delaware's existing community solar program by expanding geographic eligibility requirements of the program. The legislation also ensures 15% of all community solar facilities provide savings to low-to-moderat...
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2018-06-22
To House Energy Committee
DEHB442EngrossThis Act expands the Juvenile Civil Citation Program to provide law enforcement officers with the discretion to refer any first-time juvenile offender engaged in any misdemeanor-level behavior to the civil citation program, where the juvenile can be ...
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2018-06-21
To Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
DESB245EngrossBoth the Delaware Strategic Fund (Title 29, Chapter 87A, Subchapter II) and the Delaware Technical Innovation Fund (Title 29, Chapter 87A, Subchapter III) provide funding for Delaware businesses, including new businesses in growing technology-related...
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2018-06-21
To House Telecommunication Internet & Technology Committee
DESB265IntroThis Act amends the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act (REPSA) to provide for a workable cost cap to protect Delmarva Power customers from sharp annual increases in their bills due to the cost of procuring renewable energy.
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2018-06-21
To Senate Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee
DEHB3EnrollThis 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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2018-06-20
Passed By Senate. Votes: 16 YES 4 NO 1 ABSENT
DEHB356EngrossThis 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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2018-06-20
Reported Out of Committee (Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB176IntroThis Act creates a Prescription Opioid Impact Fund (Fund) through a prescription opioid impact fee (Fee) that is assessed on manufacturers of prescription opioids as follows:
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2018-06-20
Laid On Table in Senate
DEHB413IntroBefore the filing of a lawsuit, automobile insurance companies are currently not required to disclose liability coverage information to an injured claimant or the attorney representing that claimant. However, once a lawsuit is filed, this information...
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2018-06-20
[Hearing: Jun 26 @ 12:30 pm]
Amendment HA 1 to HB 413 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB228EngrossThis Act restores the Delaware Prescription Drug Payment Assistance Program (Program), which was eliminated in the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Appropriations Act. This Act replaces Senate Bill 148 and makes the following additional changes:
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2018-06-20
Reported Out of Committee (Administration) in House with 4 On Its Merits
DESB227EngrossThis Act promotes the use of primary care by doing the following:
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2018-06-20
Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 2 Favorable, 11 On Its Merits
DEHB444IntroSection 1 of this Act allows those licensed as importers to pay tax upon the sale of alcoholic beverages to customers, instead of the tax being due when the alcoholic beverages come to rest in the State of Delaware. Section 2 of this Act provides tha...
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2018-06-20
Amendment HA 1 to HB 444 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHCR90EngrossThis resolution recognizes June 6, 2018 as the 74th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied Troops landed at Normandy during World War II.
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2018-06-20
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DESB221IntroThis Act is the first leg of a constitutional amendment that modernizes the Delaware Constitutions bail provision and clarifies the power of the General Assembly and the Courts to define certain felony offenses for which, or circumstances under which...
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2018-06-20
Defeated By Senate. Votes: 11 YES 8 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
DEHB454IntroThis Act promotes diversity of housing in Delaware by acknowledging that not all residential units warrant the same Voluntary School Assessment. Currently, single family residential subdivision projects are subject to the same per unit Voluntary Scho...
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2018-06-20
Amendment HA 1 to HB 454 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB235EngrossThis Bill is the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriation Act.
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2018-06-20
Passed By Senate. Votes: 19 YES 1 NO 1 ABSENT
DESB246EngrossThis act provides greater flexibility for County and Municipal governments to enter into public-private partnerships for public lands. These agreements provide opportunities for the preservation of public land and limit the amount of government money...
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2018-06-20
Reported Out of Committee (Natural Resources) in House with 6 On Its Merits
DESJR5EngrossThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2018.
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2018-06-20
Passed By Senate. Votes: 18 YES 3 ABSENT
DESJR6EngrossThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2019.
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2018-06-20
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
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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2018-06-19
Amendment SA 3 to SB 163 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB11EngrossThis 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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2018-06-19
Amendment HA 1 to SB 11 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB382EnrollThis 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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2018-06-19
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB392EnrollSection 1 of this Act provides that the Director of Revenue shall make tax returns available via the Internet on or before January 15 of each tax year.
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2018-06-19
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DESB189IntroThe U.S. Department of Transportation has recently found Delaware to be non-compliant with enforcement of underground excavation violations. This jeopardizes federal funding for the Commissions pipeline safety program. Two principal reasons for this ...
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2018-06-19
Amendment SA 1 to SB 189 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESJR4IntroThis Joint Resolution recognizes the university of Delaware's center for environmental monitoring and analysis as the official repository of historical and real-time weather and climatological observations for the state of Delaware.
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2018-06-19
Introduced and Laid on Table in Senate
DESB80PassThis 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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2018-06-14
Signed by Governor
DEHB300PassThis 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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2018-06-14
Signed by Governor
DEHB310EngrossThe 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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2018-06-14
Laid On Table in Senate
DESB7EngrossThis 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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2018-06-13
Reported Out of Committee (Revenue & Finance) in House with 7 On Its Merits
DESB113EngrossThis 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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2018-06-13
Reported Out of Committee (Energy) in House with 1 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
DEHB326EnrollThis Act creates the Delaware Advance Scholarship Program (Program). The goal of this Act is to encourage Delaware students with intellectual disabilities to pursue studies for a comprehensive certificate or degree at a Delaware institution of higher...
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2018-06-13
Passed By Senate. Votes: 19 YES 2 ABSENT
DEHB346EngrossThis 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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2018-06-13
To Senate Education Committee
DESB172EngrossThis bill will increase the public transparency of education funding information by directing the Department of Education to:
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2018-06-13
Amendment HA 1 to SB 172 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB425IntroThis Act establishes that a contract between a pharmacy benefits manager and a pharmacy may not prohibit a pharmacy or pharmacist from doing any of the following:
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2018-06-13
Reported Out of Committee (Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce) in House with 1 Favorable, 8 On Its Merits
DESB222IntroThis Act amends Delawares laws regarding release of persons accused of crimes (Chapter 21 of Title 11 of the Delaware Code) as required in conjunction with the adoption of Senate Bill No. 221, which proposes a constitutional amendment to permit preve...
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2018-06-13
Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
DESB19IntroSome students from disadvantaged backgrounds arrive at school lacking the same vocabulary and word recognition skills of their peers, putting them at a disadvantage when developing literacy skills in primary grades. In analyzing this disparity, studi...
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2018-06-12
Amendment SA 1 to SB 19 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
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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2018-06-12
Stricken in House
DESB157EnrollExpedited partner therapy (EPT) is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease without clinical assessment of the partners. In August 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...
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2018-06-12
Passed By House. Votes: 38 YES 3 ABSENT
DESB236IntroThis Act appropriates $49,167,700 to provide a $500 one-time salary supplement to full-time and part-time employees, to provide a $400 pension supplement to pensioners and provides one-time funded projects through the Office of Management and Budget.
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2018-06-12
Introduced and Laid on Table in Senate
DESB65EnrollConversion therapy is a practice or treatment that seeks to change an individuals sexual orientation or gender identity, including any effort to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelin...
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2018-06-07
Passed By House. Votes: 24 YES 14 NO 3 NOT VOTING
DESB85EnrollThis 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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2018-06-07
Passed By Senate. Votes: 14 YES 6 NO 1 ABSENT
DESB153PassThis 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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2018-06-07
Signed by Governor
DEHB399EnrollThis 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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2018-06-07
Enact w/o Sign by Governor
DESB170IntroThis bill increases the minimum wage to be paid in this State beginning in 2018 and ending in 2021.
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Labor) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits
DESB179EngrossThis Act clarifies that the Public Advocate may appear before any federal or state court or federal or state administrative body in matters involving public utility rates, service, practices, and energy policy.
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Energy) in House with 5 On Its Merits
DESB188EngrossThe current definition of public utility includes providers of electric or natural gas charging service. However, many parties believe it is neither desirable nor necessary to regulate such providers in Delaware. This proposed legislation modifies th...
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Energy) in House with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB402IntroPreviously, a school superintendent was required to notify the DMV any time a student was expelled from a public school, at which time the DMV was permitted to suspend or refuse to issue or renew the expelled student a drivers license. This bill elim...
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Education) in House with 11 On Its Merits
DESB191EngrossThe Public Service Commission conducts an annual review of the process by which Delmarva Power obtains electricity to deliver to its customers. With 100% of supply coming from market based auctions, there has been little need to continue the Integrat...
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Energy) in House with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB438IntroThis Act eliminates the ability of a court to suspend a students driving privileges or hunting license for truancy.
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2018-06-06
Reported Out of Committee (Education) in House with 9 On Its Merits
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