Delaware Senator Brian Bushweller [D]

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DESB214PassThis Act increases the amount of time provided to a person seeking to file a charge of employment discrimination from 120 days to 300 days, making Delaware’s statute of limitation consistent with the statute of limitations under federal discrim...
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2016-07-19
Signed by Governor
DEHB346PassThis Bill creates a licensure exemption for individuals engaged solely in the practice of hair braiding, which does not involve hair cutting, dyeing or the application of chemicals. In short, hair braiding is a low risk activity which does not requir...
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2016-07-19
Signed by Governor
DEHB327PassThis bill permits Delaware residents to become early stage investors in Delaware based startups through newly available crowdfunding platforms. The enabling of this new investment tool allows corporations and other business to offer or sell securitie...
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2016-07-11
Signed by Governor
DEHB227EnrollThis bill would permit Farm Wineries to make and sell mead and cider in addition to wine. The TTB (the Federal Agency in charge of regulating alcohol) considers mead and cider to be “wines” thereby creating some confusion when entities ar...
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2016-07-01
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB228EnrollDelaware law currently prohibits sampling and sale of craft beer, distilled spirits, and wine at Farmer’s Markets or Agricultural Themed Events. This bill allows holders of a “Farmer’s Market Permit or Agricultural Themed Event Perm...
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2016-07-01
Defeated by Senate. Votes: Defeated 6 YES 15 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB185EnrollIn order to be eligible to transport hazardous materials (HAZMAT) in a commercial motor vehicle an applicant must clear a criminal background check conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The TSA background check is only valid ...
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB206EnrollThis Act updates a general provision of the code to reflect current practice and conform with specific statutory language applicable to the appointment of a vacant office for a commissioner in the Superior Court or the Court of Common Pleas.
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB290EnrollThis Act is the result of the findings of the Lyme Disease Prevention Task Force (“the Task Force”). On June 1, 2015, the Task Force issued a report that made several recommendations. One of the recommendations was to “[d]evelop on ...
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2016-07-01
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 11 YES 5 NO 5 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB235EnrollThis bill eliminates the mandate that the State pay wireless cost recovery related to 911. To date, Delaware is only one of a few states still accepting invoices from wireless carriers for cost recovery. The original intent of cost recovery was to pr...
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 36 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 5 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB231EnrollThis is a housekeeping bill. Sections 1 and 2 present identical language to that of the first two sections of HB 15 that was passed in June 2015 affecting captive insurance. The title to HB 15 was limited to captive insurance, but the effect of the ...
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESJR10EnrollThis Senate Joint Resolution encourages State government to expand social media platforms to better connect with citizen businesses and visitors.
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB375EngrossThis bill moves the date of primary elections for statewide office, county office, and municipal office to the fourth Tuesday in April, which is the date of the presidential primary. The dates for submitting and withdrawing a notification of candidac...
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2016-07-01
Defeated by Senate. Votes: Defeated 7 YES 13 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB379EnrollThis bill corrects an original drafting error in the definition of Qualified Risk Manager and updates the definition in accordance with the federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA), which was passed in July 2010.
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2016-07-01
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESJR11EnrollThis Senate Joint Resolution commends the National Historic Preservation Act.
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHJR13EngrossThis resolution requires a Delaware Certificate of Multi-literacy be established. The criteria for such certificate is to be developed by the Department of Education, with the assent of the State Board of Education no later than December 1, 2016 and ...
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB280EnrollAn Act To Authorize The Transfer Of Certain Properties Located In The Town Of Smyrna.
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESJR13EnrollThis joint resolution names the comfort station on the grounds of Cape Henlopen State Park after Senator David B. McBride.
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB285PassAn Act Making Appropriations For The Expense Of The State Government For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017; Specifying Certain Procedures, Conditions And Limitations For The Expenditure Of Such Funds; And Amending Certain Pertinent Statutory Provi...
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2016-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESJR15PassThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2017.
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2016-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESJR14PassThis Resolution provides the official revenue, refund, and unencumbered funds estimates for Fiscal Year 2016.
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2016-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESB300EnrollThis Act clarifies that a vote by the General Assembly, as required by 1008(g) and 1026(d) of Title 14, in support of redistricting serves to authorize the State Board to proceed with the redistricting, but does not constitute approval of any partic...
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2016-07-01
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 12 YES 9 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB435EnrollThis Act seeks to strengthen certain aspects of Title 14 of the Delaware Code with respect to charter school audits and seeks to improve the relevant sections of the Title for consistency and cross-reference of terms. The Act allows charter schools t...
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2016-07-01
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB295PassThis Act provides supplementary appropriations to certain Grants-in-Aid for Fiscal Year 2016 2017. Section 1 – Government Units and Senior Center $20,828,628 $23,228,686 Section 2 – One-Times and Community Agencies $15,981,879 $16,470,68...
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2016-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESCR90EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution expresses the General Assembly’s opposition to the current cost allocation for the Artificial Island transmission project and creates a 7 member Regional Legislative Transmission Cost Equity Committee to protect Delaw...
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2016-07-01
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESJR17EnrollThis Senate Joint Resolution affirms the decision of the State Board of Education to approve the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s Plan (“the Plan”) and supports the continued work of the Commission in developing details...
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2016-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 21 YES 18 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB450PassA Bond And Capital Improvements Act Of The State Of Delaware And Certain Of Its Authorities For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017; Authorizing The Issuance Of General Obligation Bonds Of The State; Appropriating Funds From The Transportation Trust...
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2016-07-01
Signed by Governor
DEHB206EngrossThis bill will add 4 new check-off donation boxes on the Delaware personal income tax return whereby individuals may choose to donate a portion of their tax refund, or designate an amount in addition to the tax they owe that will be transferred by th...
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2016-06-30
Reported Out of Committee (FINANCE) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DEHB305EnrollThis bill amends Title 18, Chapter 58, by adding a higher RBC standard for trend testing from 2.5 to 3.0 for a life insurance company, health insurance company, or a fraternal benefit society. The bill’s language comes directly from the NAIC Ri...
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2016-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB221EnrollThis Act is designed to further promote the purpose of 16 Del. C. Chapter 96 (as amended). The intent is to advance the number of work opportunities made available to Delawareans with disabilities beyond those offered through State Use Law by present...
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2016-06-30
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB317PassThis bill prohibits discrimination in employment based upon an individual’s caregiving responsibilities. Workers should be judged on the merits of their performance at work, not their responsibilities at home. Five states and over 90 localities...
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2016-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB316PassThis bill prohibits discrimination in employment based upon an individual’s reproductive health decisions. Delaware laws currently prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or pregnancy; however, this legislation makes it clear that an employ...
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2016-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB258PassThe Delaware Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del. C. Ch. 100 ("FOIA") currently exempts from the definition of public record those documents that could jeopardize security of the state, "[f]acilitate the planning of a terrorist attack,&...
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2016-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB261EnrollThis legislation implements recommendations made by the Delaware Waterways Management and Financing Advisory Committee, which was formed by the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 64 in 2014. It establishes a sustainable and dedicated source ...
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2016-06-30
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 35 YES 2 NO 2 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB388EnrollThis bill restores Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child to the list of offenses for which a defendant shall receive an enhanced sentence when the victim is less than 14 years of age or the defendant has previously been convicted or adjudicated delinque...
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2016-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB188EnrollThis bill transfers the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program to the Office of the Child Advocate creating one office in this State that provides legal representation to children. The bill updates the law to reflect the practices of the Office of ...
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2016-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB406EnrollVolunteer Firefighters have been a valuable part of public safety to the citizens of the State of Delaware for over 200 years. They have provided fire, rescue, and EMS services, which have saved many lives and averted millions of dollars of property ...
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2016-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB272EnrollSubchapter III, Chapter 68, Title 7 of the Delaware Code (“Subchapter III”) was originally enacted in 1982. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, 42 U.S.C. 1791 (“Bill Emerson Act̶...
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2016-06-30
Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DEHB30IntroThis bill provides State funding to kindergarten through third grade for basic special education. State funding already occurs for intensive and complex special education during these grades. Currently the basic special education funding runs from fo...
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2016-06-29
Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB291EnrollLyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, and headache. Without treatment, the infection can damage the joints, heart, and central nervo...
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2016-06-29
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 33 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 8 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB266EnrollThis bill establishes the Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission in the code. It was formerly established by a joint resolution; so, this bill makes the commission more permanent.
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2016-06-29
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 32 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 9 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHCR97EngrossThis resolution recognizes November 2016 as “Native American Heritage Month” in Delaware.
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2016-06-29
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB93PassAs non-profit entities, rural electric cooperatives are exempt from the fee imposed for a business license and the taxes assessed on gross receipts set forth in Chapter 23 of Title 30. This Act confirms that the non-commercial generation of solar ele...
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2016-06-28
Signed by Governor
DESB143EnrollAn Act To Amend Title 24 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Profession And Occupation Of Optometry.
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2016-06-28
SS 1 for SB 143 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB267EngrossThis Bill limits a health insurer’s right to overpayment recovery to two years from the date of the original payment. The time limit does not apply where there is fraud or other intentional misconduct, when overpayment recovery is initiated by ...
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2016-06-28
Reported Out of Committee (INSURANCE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DEHB304PassThis bill amends Title 18, Chapter 80, and is an accreditation requirement as of January 1, 2017. The amendments involve including a new subsection for Governance Standards for Risk Retention Groups which include the below-listed seven items. Existin...
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2016-06-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB382PassThis Act guarantees that all children facing criminal charges and allegations of delinquency have the right to an attorney, codifying the Office of Defense Services’ current practice of representing every juvenile that requests representation.
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2016-06-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB411EngrossThis bill corrects an unintended consequence of House Bill No. 15 of the 148th General Assembly, signed into law by the Governor on June 24, 2015, by preventing double taxation of premium ceded to a series captive insurance company or protected cell....
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2016-06-28
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB412EngrossThis bill enhances Delaware’s attractiveness as a captive insurance domicile by creating a streamlined and inexpensive regulatory regime for captive insurance companies that are dormant.
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2016-06-28
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB377EnrollThis bill moves the date of 2018 primary election for statewide office, county office, and municipal office from September 11, 2018, to September 6, 2018. September 11, 2018, is the conclusion of Rosh Hashanah.
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2016-06-23
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 18 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR80EngrossThis Resolution honors USO Delaware on its 25th Anniversary, and the USO on its 75th Anniversary, for their important and inspiring work supporting military members and their families.
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2016-06-23
Passed in House by Voice Vote
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