Delaware Representative John Kowalko [D]

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DEHB79PassThis Act provides that the amount of ordinary or disability pension payable to a 9-1-1 operator includes 2.45% of the 9-1-1 operator's final average compensation multiplied by years of service above 25 years, the same multiplier as applied to cor...
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2021-09-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB194PassThis Act would revise the definition of Committee to include the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware in the body that determines the treatment and disposition of Native American unmarked burials and human skeletal remains. This Act would also add a new d...
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2021-09-10
Signed by Governor
DESB156PassThis Act requires that prevailing wages be paid to laborers and mechanics working on all University of Delaware construction sites or renovation projects that exceed a certain cost. The prevailing wages are set by the Delaware Department of Labor, Di...
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2021-09-09
Signed by Governor
DEHB100PassThis Act establishes a mental health services unit for Delaware elementary schools. The unit is at a ratio of 250 full-time equivalent students grades K-5 for a full-time school counselor, school social worker, or licensed clinical social worker. Add...
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2021-08-19
Signed by Governor
DESB55PassThis Act creates emergency access to epinephrine that allows an institution of higher education to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine autoinjectors if an employee or agent has completed a training program. This Act allows the individual who ha...
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2021-08-10
Signed by Governor
DESB125PassThis bill provides that the spouse and any child of a member of the active military service of the United States, who has been assigned to duty elsewhere immediately following assignment to duty in Delaware, shall be deemed to be an in-state resident...
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2021-08-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB133PassThis Act changes the current evaluation system for all teachers from the former Delaware Performance Appraisal System II evaluation to a new Delaware Teacher Growth and Support System. The goal of this new evaluation system is to build a culture of p...
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2021-08-04
Signed by Governor
DEHB86PassThis Act provides increased funding for kindergarten through third grade students identified as eligible for basic special education services. Currently, basic special education is provided for students in fourth through twelfth grade who are identif...
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2021-07-30
Signed by Governor
DESB40PassThis bill allows the Court to suspend an amount of the fine for uninsured driving if the defendant provides evidence that they have now secured insurance, demonstrating compliance with the law.
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2021-07-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB228PassThis Act adds the Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice to the 21 charitable organizations listed on the Delaware personal income tax return to which Delaware tax payers may contribute, either through paying a portion of a refund owed, or an amount ...
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2021-07-30
Signed by Governor
DESB29PassThis Act enhances 2 existing agricultural horse racing programs, the Delaware Standardbred Breeder's Program and the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred program, by providing additional funding. Under this Act, horsemen provide half of the additional...
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2021-07-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB200PassMany 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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2021-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB158PassThis bill expands prison-based jobs to provide work experience and job skill training and will assist offenders with reentry, while also maintaining Department of Correction (DOC) facilities. DOC has not been able to increase the number of offender j...
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2021-07-20
Signed by Governor
DESB15PassThis bill provides for gradual increases in the Delaware minimum wage to $15 over a period of several years.
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2021-07-19
Signed by Governor
DEHB94Intro

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The minimum wage for employees who receive tips or gratuities has not changed since 1983, when the overall state minimum wage was $3.35 per hour. Tipped wage workers at that time were paid a percentage 66.67% of the minimum wage, which was $2.23 pe...
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2021-06-30
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB5Enroll

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If a community owner proposes a rent increase that exceeds the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers in the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City area (CPI-U), then the Delaware Manufactured Home relocation Authority is mandated to hold a fina...
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2021-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 18 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
DESB5PassThis Act creates an automatic voter registration system at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and grants the State Election Commissioner the authority to implement automatic voter registration at other state agencies that already offer vot...
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB120PassThis Act makes changes to House Bill 202 from the 150th General Assembly creating a pilot program for the Red Clay School District to use external camera systems on their school buses to catch motorists that fail to stop when a school bus is stopped ...
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB175PassThis Act allows one excused absence per school year for students grades 6 through 12 to attend civic engagements such as visits to the United States Capitol, Legislative Hall, and sites of political and cultural significance, or participation in a ra...
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB163PassThe Delaware Code does not currently contain any explicit direction for public schools relating to school absences for observance of religious holidays. This Act requires schools to excuse a pupil's absence for observance of a religious holiday, ...
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB176Engross

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This Act clarifies the responsibilities of manufactured home community owners and homeowners for maintenance.
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2021-06-30
Referred to Out of Committee Status
DEHB180Engross

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This Act revises Chapter 70 of Title 25, which governs manufactured homes on rented lots in manufactured home communities, by adding disclosure requirements to the right of first offer process when the community owner decides to sell, transfer, or co...
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2021-06-30
Referred to Out of Committee Status
DEHB182Enroll

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The Victims Compensation Assistance Program (Agency or VCAP) administers the Victims Compensation Fund and provides financial assistance to eligible victims of crimes to help cover the costs of a variety of services that help victims and their famili...
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2021-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHCR24Engross

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This Resolution: 1) Celebrates Senate Bill No. 56 and the immediate investment of targeted funding for student needs; 2) Describes the need for additional action from the General Assembly to update and modernize remaining underlying education funding...
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2021-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHB207PassThis Act does the following:
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB147PassThis Act codifies a reasonableness requirement for the use of force, both non-lethal and lethal. This is important when the state of mind is an issue in a criminal trial, such as when the judge or jury must decide as to what someone believed, knew, o...
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB119Enroll

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This Act establishes Juneteenth as a State holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. The Act adds Juneteenth as a legal holiday and reduces the number of floating holidays from 2 to...
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2021-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DEHB222PassCurrently, blood lead level screening and testing rates are well below what the Division of Public Health would expect them to be based on the risk factors that determine when screening or testing is necessary.
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB161Enroll

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According to the Childrens Bureau within the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have enacted infant safe haven laws that allow a parent to su...
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2021-06-30
Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
DEHB140Intro

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This Act permits a terminally ill individual who is an adult resident of Delaware to request and self-administer medication to end the individual's life in a humane and dignified manner if both the individual's attending physician or attendin...
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2021-06-30
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DEHB266Intro

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This 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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2021-06-30
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee
DEHB115Enroll

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United 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 the mid-twenties which makes juveniles especially prone to poor decis...
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2021-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB98Enroll

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Section 1 of this Act addresses a condition of confinement issue that could adversely affect inmate rehabilitation efforts by eliminating solitary confinement imposed by the sentencing court.
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DEHB122Enroll

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This Act is called the Jamie Wolfe Employment Act in recognition of Jamie Wolfe, a powerful disability rights advocate who worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities for equal rights and equal access to education, housing, competitive an...
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2021-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB105Enroll

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This Act allows pharmacists to administer or dispense contraceptives under a standing order from the Division of Public Health. At least 11 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands allow pharmacists to dispense contraceptives wit...
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 6 NO
DESB107Enroll

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This Act requires that individual, group, State employee, and public assistance insurance plans provide coverage for a medically necessary insulin pump at no cost to a covered individual.
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2021-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB120Enroll

Recessed
This Act is a substitute for Senate Bill No. 120. Like Senate Bill No. 120, this Substitute continues recent efforts to strengthen the primary care system in this State by doing the following:
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 24 YES 16 NO 1 ABSENT
DESB111Enroll

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This Act creates an automatic expungement process for adult and juvenile charges that are eligible for mandatory expungement because under the petition-based system, only a small fraction of people eligible for expungement ever obtain this important ...
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 36 YES 5 NO
DESB112Enroll

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This Act expands eligibility for mandatory expungement of adult and juvenile cases by doing all of the following:
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 38 YES 3 NO
DESB148Enroll

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This Act expands the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trusts responsibility to review deadly use of force incidents by law enforcement by adding review of cases involving serious physical injury. It also requires that if the Division issues a publ...
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2021-06-29
Passed By House. Votes: 26 YES 15 NO
DEHB212Enroll

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This Act provides a phased in approach to further the reduction of single-use plastic bags. This Act increases the minimum thickness for a plastic bag to qualify as a reusable bag from 2.25 mils to 10 mils effective January 1, 2022 and makes the rest...
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2021-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 11 YES 10 NO
DEHB243Enroll

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This bill prohibits law-enforcement agencies from releasing or publishing or causing to be released or published the name of any juvenile or any image depicting a juvenile, including displaying such image on any publicly maintained social media page ...
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2021-06-29
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB151Engross

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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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2021-06-25
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DESB101Engross

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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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2021-06-25
Amendment HA 1 to SS 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB24Enroll

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The intent of this Act is to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the environment and to raise awareness of the need to properly dispose of balloons. To that end, this Act imposes a civil penalty for the violation of intentionally releasing 5 o...
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2021-06-24
Passed By House. Votes: 38 YES 2 NO 1 ABSENT
DESB6Enroll

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This Act creates the Delaware Large Capacity Magazine Prohibition Act of 2021. The Act includes clear definitions for the term large-capacity magazine, as an ammunition feeding device with a capacity to accept more than 17 rounds of ammunition. After...
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2021-06-24
Passed By House. Votes: 24 YES 16 NO 1 ABSENT
DEHB256Intro

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This Act adjusts the existing tax brackets and the tax rate for each bracket, combining some existing brackets and creating 2 new brackets. The 2 new brackets are taxed at the highest rates, but by combining some existing brackets, this Act also slig...
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2021-06-24
To House Revenue & Finance Committee
DEHB81Enroll

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This Act allows 2 or more microbreweries to share brewing equipment if the microbreweries maintain separate premises to sell their product to consumers and wholesalers.
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2021-06-23
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
DESB73Enroll

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This Act permits an individual to practice dentistry for the Division of Public Health (Division) under a provisional license. Delaware law provides several routes for entering practice on an interim basis until full licensure can be obtained, howeve...
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2021-06-23
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
DESB68Enroll

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This Act expands eligibility for the Department of Correction's Education Assistance Fund beyond correctional officers to employees who hold a position at paygrade 15 or below and meet the other existing requirements.
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2021-06-23
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
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