Delaware Representative John Kowalko [D]

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DEHB350PassThis Act creates the crime of Aggravated Strangulation. A person is guilty of Aggravated Strangulation if the person is a law-enforcement officer, and while acting within the persons official capacity as a law-enforcement officer, knowingly or intent...
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2020-08-13
Signed by Governor
DESB122VetoThis Act creates the Delaware Perinatal Quality Collaborative to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns and such issues as obstetrical blood loss management, pregnant women with substance use disorder, infants impacted by neonatal abstinen...
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2020-07-21
Vetoed by Governor
DESB201PassThis Act makes additional technical changes to Senate Bill No. 122 and Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 122. The Senate Substitute unanimously passed both chambers during the 1st Session of the 150th General Assembly.
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2020-07-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB263PassThis Act requires that individual, group, and State employee insurance plans cap the amount an individual must pay for insulin prescriptions at $100 a month and must include at least 1 formulation of insulin on the lowest tier of the drug formulary d...
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2020-07-16
Signed by Governor
DEHB346PassThis Act provides for voting by mail for the 2020 primary and general elections and special elections held under the provisions of Chapter 73 of Title 15 due to the emergency caused by COVID-19, a highly contagious virus. Voting by mail is an alterna...
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2020-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESB250IntroThis bill is intended to advance sustainable energy goals and initiatives in Delaware and to restore Delaware as a leader in renewable, sustainable energy. First, this Act builds on the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act, which was first enacte...
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2020-06-30
Amendment SA 1 to SB 250 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB194EnrollThis Act removes the requirement that applicants for a marriage license state their race as part of the application process. Delaware is one of a small number of states that currently requires this information. In October 2019, the United States Dist...
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2020-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB337IntroThis Act mandates that the Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to establish Maximum Contaminant Levels for specific contaminants found in drinking water in this st...
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2020-06-16
Amendment HA 1 to HB 337 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB212IntroThis Act clarifies that an employer is liable to an employee for liquidated damages if the employer does not make wages available during the next payday after an employee quits, resigns, is discharged, suspended, or laid off. The only difference betw...
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2020-06-10
To Senate Labor Committee
DESB217IntroThis 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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2020-06-10
Introduced and Laid on Table in Senate
DEHB333IntroThis 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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2020-05-22
To House Administration Committee
DEHB202PassThis bill creates a pilot program for the Red Clay School District to utilize external camera systems on their school buses to catch motorists that illegally pass school buses and to punish these motorists by issuing them a civil penalty. The purpose...
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2020-05-01
Signed by Governor
DEHB329IntroIndividuals 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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2020-04-17
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB175IntroThis Act allows any qualified voter evidencing a desire to vote by mail in writing to the State Elections Commission to vote by mail in primary, general, and special federal elections. The State Elections Commission shall administer the program, crea...
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2020-03-27
Amendment HA 3 to HB 175 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB251IntroThis bill clarifies that the definition of employees who receive gratuities also includes employees that receive tips, that these employees earn more than 50% of their income from tips or gratuities. This bill clarifies that employers may continue to...
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2020-03-12
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB283IntroCurrent Delaware regulations provide that transportation benefits must be provided for students in grades K through 6 who live 1 or more miles from the schools to which district administrators would normally assign them. In grades 7 through 12, the s...
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2020-03-12
Amendment HA 2 to HB 283 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB302IntroIn 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 campaigns. Thi...
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2020-03-12
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DEHB314IntroThis bill requires that any general salary increase or one-time adjustments payable to public school employees likewise be payable to charter school employees. The bill also makes section 504A, Title 14 of the Delaware Code consistent with the Legisl...
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2020-03-12
To House Education Committee
DEHB305IntroThis Act is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to prohibit the imposition of the death penalty.
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2020-03-12
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB303IntroThis Act establishes employment practices for call centers, including:
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2020-03-12
To House Labor Committee
DEHB311IntroThis bill extends the amount of years an identification card is valid from four (4) to eight (8) years. This bill is necessary for the Division of Motor Vehicles to maintain consistent business processes. The driver license is currently valid for eig...
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2020-03-12
To House Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee
DEHB320IntroThis Act prohibits the seller of consumer goods or services from refusing to accept cash payment, except in limited circumstances. It creates graduated civil penalties for violations and provides consumers a private right of action to recover double ...
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2020-03-12
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB285EngrossThis 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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2020-02-28
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DEHB212PassThis bill defines industrial landfill in conformity with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Controls Regulations Governing Solid Waste. This bill also establishes a height restriction, or vertical limit, for an industrial landfill ...
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2020-02-20
Signed by Governor
DESCR72IntroThis Senate Concurrent Resolution requests the United States Congress propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to make clear that Congress and the states have the power and authority to regulate and limit the amounts...
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2020-02-12
To Senate Executive Committee
DEHB277IntroThis bill establishes the crimes of possession of an unfinished firearm frame or receiver with no serial number, possession of and manufacturing a covert or undetectable firearm, possession of and manufacturing an untraceable firearm, and manufacturi...
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2020-01-30
Amendment HA 1 to HB 277 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB289IntroThis bill clarifies when an employer may pay a training wage in lieu of the minimum wage. A training wage is only during the first 90 days after the employee is initially hired by the employer. This bill defines that as the first time an employee is ...
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2020-01-30
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB291IntroThis bill creates a financial incentive for employers to train and retain apprentices in apprenticeship programs. The purpose of this financial incentive is to encourage employers to create employment opportunities in Delaware and to train Delawares ...
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2020-01-30
To House Labor Committee
DESB126EngrossThis Act expands eligibility for Line-of-Duty disability benefits to paid firefighters who work for municipal fire departments and to fire service instructors and fire marshals who work for the State and for nonphysical disabilities.
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2020-01-29
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB4IntroThis Act, known as the James Johnson Sentencing Reform Act, named for Representative JJ Johnson, makes significant changes to the sentencing laws in Delaware.
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2020-01-29
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB286IntroThis bill requires that inadvertent out-of-network services be included in individual and group health insurance policies as well as group and blank health insurance policies. This bill defines inadvertent out-of-network services are those services t...
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2020-01-29
Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DEHB288IntroThis Act, the Interstate Compact Prohibiting Company-Specific Subsidies (Compact), is an interstate compact designed to eliminate and prohibit corporate welfare. This Act provides that no participating state under the Compact (member state) may offer...
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2020-01-28
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DESB165IntroThis Act recognizes the importance of sibling relationships to promote continuity and sustain family relationships for children in foster care by doing all of the following:
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2020-01-24
Stricken in Senate
DESB192IntroA 2019 study found the following:
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2020-01-23
To Senate Judicial Committee
DEHB37IntroThis act restores the $500 senior real property tax credit.
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2020-01-22
Amendment HA 1 to HB 37 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB200IntroMany of the States waters do not meet water quality standards to support their designated uses, such as for drinking, swimming or supporting aquatic life. The Clean Water for Delaware Act establishes a framework for assessing needs and planning and i...
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2020-01-22
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB268IntroThis 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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2020-01-22
Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 4 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits
DEHB279IntroDelaware is one of a handful of states that has no cap other than unconscionability on interest rates for short-term consumer loans. Under Delaware case law, the unconscionability of an interest rate is decided by a court on a case by case basis. Thi...
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2020-01-21
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHCR67EngrossThis House Concurrent Resolution proclaims January 23, 2020, as "Maternal Health Awareness Day" in the State of Delaware.
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2020-01-21
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DESCR66EngrossThis Senate Concurrent Resolution requests that the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance study the extension of Medicaid coverage through the first year postpartum. Insurance coverage is a critical factor in determining women's access to a...
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2020-01-21
Passed In House by Voice Vote
DEHCR69IntroRequesting the Division of Research, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Delaware Department of Technology & Information cooperate in creating a detailed and implementable plan to stream audio and video of all floor proceedings of the Ho...
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2020-01-16
To House Administration Committee
DEHB266IntroThis bill addresses an on-going problem relating to background checks for employees, volunteers, and contractors of child-serving entities. Currently, a person working a child-serving entity who obtains the required background check must undergo anot...
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2020-01-09
To House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee
DESB199IntroSection 7052 of Title 25 provides that the completion and cost of any capital improvements or rehabilitation work, as distinguished from ordinary repair, replacement, and maintenance, may justify an increase in rent in a manufactured home community b...
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2019-12-19
To Senate Elections, Government & Community Affairs Committee
DESB47PassThis Act simplifies Delawares drug code with a goal of providing more fairness in its application. This Act removes geographic-based enhancements that disproportionately impact those living in urban areas as opposed to suburban and rural areas. This ...
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2019-09-16
Signed by Governor
DEHB56PassThis act names the Delaware portion of U.S. Route 301 between Route 1 and the Delaware Maryland State line as First Responders Memorial Highway.
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2019-09-13
Signed by Governor
DESB15PassThis Act, modeled on similar laws in Virginia and Maryland, requires a health-care provider to provide notice to a patient at the time blood is drawn to perform a laboratory test for Lyme disease that explains the limitations of the test and instruct...
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2019-08-21
Signed by Governor
DEHB65PassThis Bill enables the use of roof or ground mounted solar systems on privately owned residential dwellings by making covenants or other restrictions that effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in ...
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2019-08-20
Signed by Governor
DESB32PassThis Act prohibits the practice known as patient brokering, which is the practice where patient brokers are paid a fee to place insured people in treatment centers so that the treatment centers receive thousands of dollars in insurance claim payments...
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2019-08-14
Signed by Governor
DEHB220PassThis Act adds coverage for Medication Assisted Treatment ("MAT") for drug and alcohol dependencies to the mental health parity laws for health insurance. This Act requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for prescription medic...
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2019-08-13
Signed by Governor
DEHB124PassThis Bill modifies the impact of criminal history on an applicants eligibility for licensure. It gives the Board discretion to grant waivers for felony convictions for crimes committed against a person where more than 3 years have elapsed, and more t...
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2019-08-12
Signed by Governor
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