Delaware Representative John Kowalko [D]

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DEHB359PassThis Act adds victims of human trafficking to the Address Confidentiality Act. Under this program, certain crime victims are provided a substitute address by the Department of Justice so as to protect the participants actual address from public discl...
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2022-09-09
Signed by Governor
DESB277PassThis Act increases opportunities for federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and government-operated dental clinics to serve the indigent and other underserved communities with dental care and improves flexibility with updated provisional licensing...
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2022-08-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB447PassThis Act implements some of the recommendations of the African American Task Force's Safety and Justice Subcommittee. Specifically, it requires that cases or charges that are more than 7 years old be treated as resolved in favor of a child or adu...
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2022-08-30
Signed by Governor
DESB195PassThe societal implications of technological developments are pervasive, and the reach and influence of digital media platforms continue to expand. Media literacy skills are necessary for citizens to safely, responsibly, and critically consume and use ...
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2022-08-29
Signed by Governor
DESJR6PassThis Senate Joint Resolution designates August 31, 2022, as "International Overdose Awareness Day" in the State of Delaware and directs the State flag to be lowered to half-staff at State facilities and encourages local governments, busines...
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2022-08-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB304PassThis Act recognizes advancements in the science of reading and literacy instruction by requiring that all public school students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in a universal reading screening 3 times each year to identify potential read...
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2022-08-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB205PassThis Act establishes the Delaware Expanding Access for Retirement and Necessary Saving (EARNS) program to serve as a vehicle through which eligible employees may, on a voluntary basis, provide for additional retirement security through a State-facili...
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2022-08-18
Signed by Governor
DEHB77PassThis Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of children's products, upholstered furniture used in residences, and mattresses that contain harmful flame retardant chemicals. These flame retardants have been found to cause cancer, par...
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2022-08-04
Signed by Governor
DEHB300PassThis Act establishes a mental health services unit for Delaware middle schools. The unit is phased in over 3 years, beginning in FY2023, to arrive at a final ratio of 250 full-time equivalent students grades 6-8 for a full-time school counselor, scho...
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2022-08-03
Signed by Governor
DEHB301PassA 2017 survey of Delaware high school students found that during the 12 months before the survey the following occurred:
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2022-08-03
Signed by Governor
DEHB234PassThis Act requires the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance to take the necessary steps to expand Medicaid coverage to pregnant women from the current coverage of 60-days from the end of pregnancy under...
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2022-07-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB343PassThis Act requires that the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance to present a plan to the General Assembly by November 1, 2022 for coverage of doula services by Medicaid providers.
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2022-07-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB345PassThis Act ensures pregnant women and women who have given birth within the past six weeks who are subject to the custody of the Department of Corrections at Level IV or V have access to midwifery and doula services by requiring the Department to make ...
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2022-07-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB342PassDelaware law already prohibits the use of restraints on women who are giving birth or in labor except in limited circumstances. This Act expands that protection to include women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy and those in the 13-week i...
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2022-07-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB340PassImproving the quality of maternal health care and ensuring full access to it improves health outcomes and reduces preventable pregnancy-related deaths. The United States has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality among high-income countries a...
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2022-07-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB25PassThis bill provides for election day registration for presidential primary, primary, special, and general elections whereas currently the deadline is the fourth Saturday prior to the date of the election. Moreover, same day registration at polling pla...
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2022-07-22
Signed by Governor
DEHB374PassThis bill extends protections to homeowners in manufactured home communities even if their homes do not qualify as manufactured homes under the current definition of manufactured home. Currently there exists a population of Delawareans living in camp...
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2022-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB320PassThis bill establishes voting by mail under the General Assemblys broad powers under § 1, Article V of the Delaware Constitution to prescribe the means, methods and instruments of voting.
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2022-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB101Engross
50%
This Act is a substitute for Senate Bill No. 101. Like Senate Bill No. 101, this Substitute creates a right to counsel for tenants in evictions and other landlord-tenant actions. Approximately 18,000 eviction cases are filed each year in the State of...
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2022-07-01
Defeated By House. Votes: 16 YES 23 NO 1 NOT VOTING
DEHB299Enroll
75%
This Act prohibits the seller of consumer goods or services from refusing to accept cash payment, except in limited circumstances. Sales covered by this Act are those made at a retail store through an in-person transaction. The Act does not apply to ...
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2022-07-01
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB6PassThis Substitute Act creates the Delaware Large-Capacity Magazine Prohibition Act of 2022, which does the following:
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2022-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB151Enroll
75%
Acquiring a drivers license is an important part of young adults in foster care achieving normalcy and eventual independence. Yet, youth in long term foster care face numerous unique barriers in this endeavor. Not only are there logistical challenges...
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2022-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHB244Enroll
75%
Recognizing the negative impact of criminal justice imposed financial obligations on defendants has led to reforms across the country to reduce the financial burdens that disproportionally impact the poor. This type of debt and the collateral consequ...
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2022-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 6 NO
DEHB354Enroll
75%
This Act amends Delawares Whistleblower Protection Act to preclude an employer from reporting or threatening to report an employees citizenship or immigration status or a family members citizenship or immigration status to a federal, state, or local ...
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2022-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DESB13Enroll
75%
This Act creates a Ban the Box policy for postsecondary institutions in the state. Ban the Box or Beyond the Box policies refer to the removal of questions about ones criminal conviction history on a college or job application. Research shows that qu...
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2022-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 6 NO
DESB292Enroll
75%
An opioid antagonist is a medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency reversal of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Currently, naloxone is the only FDA-approved opioid antagonist, however, the FDA is ...
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2022-06-30
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB450PassThe Delaware Lethal Firearms Safety Act of 2022 prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receipt, possession, or transport of assault weapons in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions. One exception is that the Act does no...
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2022-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB451PassThis bill makes a person under the age of 21 prohibited from purchasing, owning, possessing, or controlling a firearm or ammunition of a firearm except under limited circumstances. Those circumstances are if the person is 18 years of age or older and...
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2022-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB8PassThis Act defines machine gun as it is defined under federal law. Defining machine gun makes clear the types of weapons prohibited under Delaware law, including an auto sear, or glock switch, which transforms a semiautomatic gun into a machine gun.
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2022-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB302PassThis Act is named for Keshall KeKe Anderson. KeKe was an innocent bystander who was killed in a 2016 shooting involving a firearm purchased through a straw purchase. In 2019, in a lawsuit by KeKes family against the dealer of the firearm involved in ...
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2022-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB318Enroll
75%
This Act establishes a period of time when a license for a nonpublic school teacher, specialist, or administrator employed by this State and for a public education employee, i.e., a Department of Education employee, adult education employee, and pris...
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2022-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB280Enroll
75%
This Act requires medical marijuana compassion centers and safety compliance facilities that have 20 or more employees to have a labor peace agreement with 1 more bona fide labor organizations. This Act defines "labor peace agreement" as an...
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2022-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 32 YES 9 NO
DEHB436Enroll
75%
This bill extends the dates in which the recommendation and plan of the Redding Consortium for Educational Equity must be reviewed and acted upon by the State Board of Education. The extension is necessary due to delays mostly caused by the COVID pan...
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2022-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB315Enroll
75%
This Act makes substantial changes to clarify and modernize § 2347 of the Workers Compensation Act, Chapter 23 of Title 19 of the Delaware Code, as follows:
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2022-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB455PassSection 1 and 2. These sections defines reproductive health services for the Board of Medical Practice, the Board of Nursing, and Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants, and makes clear that physicians, physician assistants and nurses who perfor...
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2022-06-29
Signed by Governor
DESB321Enroll
75%
This bill broadens the scope of mental health practitioners who are authorized by statute to conduct examinations with inmates for purposes of advising the Board of Pardons on matters material to the Boards scope of review. This will enable licensed ...
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2022-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB485Intro
25%
This Act continues work started with the passage of HB 222 to ensure blood lead tests for school, child care, and early intervention programs enrollment meet standards and allow for the efficient transmission of blood lead screen data to schools, chi...
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2022-06-29
To House Appropriations Committee
DESB134Engross
50%
Senate Bill No. 134 prohibits a food establishment from providing consumers with a single-service plastic coffee stirrer, cocktail pick, or sandwich pick or with ready-to-eat food or a beverage in polystyrene containers. SB 134 also prohibits food es...
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2022-06-29
Reported Out of Committee (Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce) in House with 3 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
DESB343Intro
25%
This Act is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to ensure that every Delawarean is afforded personal reproductive liberty. The Delaware Constitution is our founding legal document stating the overarching values of our society. ...
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2022-06-29
To Senate Executive Committee
DESB144Enroll
75%
This Act modernizes the hate crime statute and consolidates related offenses together with the hate crime statute in the Criminal Code.
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2022-06-28
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 6 NO
DEHB419Enroll
75%
Citing the increasing number of false confessions recorded by the National Registry of Exonerations and recent science around adolescent brain development, several states across the nation have passed legislation to ban the use of deceptive interroga...
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2022-06-28
Passed By Senate. Votes: 14 YES 6 NO 1 NOT VOTING
DEHB405Intro
25%
This Act establishes an independent and nonpartisan Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the position of the Inspector General. The OIG will protect the health and safety of Delaware residents, assist in the recovery of misspent or inappropriate...
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2022-06-27
Amendment HA 1 to HB 405 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB394Enroll
75%
This Act provides that the Department of Correction must provide a copy of all policies relating to the accrual and forfeiture of good time to inmates, as well as a quarterly written accounting of good time credit earned and/or forfeited. The require...
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2022-06-23
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB309Enroll
75%
Section 716(a) of Title 24 prohibits annual or lifetime numerical limits on chiropractic visits for the treatment of back pain. The treatment of chronic back pain through chiropractic supportive care can prevent patients from requiring opioid pain me...
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2022-06-23
Passed By House. Votes: 39 YES 2 ABSENT
DEHB264Enroll
75%
This Act permits a person who has been the victim of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration to apply for a sexual violence protective order if the person has a reasonable fear, based on specific conduct occurring contempor...
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2022-06-23
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB90Engross
50%
The Delaware Fair Housing Act and Residential Landlord-Tenant Code both prohibit discrimination based on source of income, which is defined as including rental payments from any government program, but both laws also provide that a landlord's non...
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2022-06-22
Reported Out of Committee (Housing & Community Affairs) in House with 2 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits
DEHB311Enroll
75%
This Act clarifies the scope and protections for individuals with disabilities under the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law (DEAL) and further aligns definitions and scope of DEAL with federal law protecting individuals with disabilities from discrimi...
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2022-06-22
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB332Intro
25%
Because 9-1-1 dispatchers work mostly 12-hour shifts, they face scheduling difficulties for filling out their 40-hour-work week and covering shifts for sick workers. This Act allows their overtime to be calculated based on a 14-day pay period to give...
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2022-06-22
Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB349Intro
25%
This Act allows a landlord to offer the tenant an option to pay a recurring fee in lieu of a security deposit. This option enables tenants who cannot afford a security deposit to find a rental. This Act requires landlords choosing to provide the opti...
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2022-06-16
Reported Out of Committee (Housing & Community Affairs) in House with 4 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
DEHB366Intro
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This Act requires a candidates political committees contribution and expense report, provided to the Department of Elections, to include the primary employer and job title of each person contributing to the committee. The Act requires the Department ...
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2022-06-16
Tabled in Committee
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