Delaware Senator Brian Bushweller [D]

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DESB40EngrossThis Act eliminates capital punishment, except for those convicted of first-degree murder before the effective date of this Act. The procedures for determining punishment, review of punishment, and method of punishment for first-degree murder related...
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2016-01-28
Defeated by House of Representatives. Votes: Defeated 16 YES 23 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB177EngrossThis Act makes a technical correction to clarify language relating to the jurisdiction and powers of the Delaware Public Service Commission for public utilities that provide telecommunications services.
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB245EnrollThis Act authorizes the Judiciary to spend existing Appropriated Special Funds, collected by Family Court, for preliminary costs associated with the planning, design and land acquisition of downstate Family Court facilities. This funding would be exp...
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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB180EngrossThis Act provides procedures to ensure that each child with a disability who has reached age 18 has an identified educational decision-maker to exercise rights under this chapter. A child with a disability who has capacity may exercise his own rights...
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2016-01-28
To House Education Committee
DESB183IntroThis Bill implements certain recommendations of the Lottery & Gaming Study Commission adopted on January 22, 2015 but not implemented by legislation in 2015. The Bill intends for the State to continue to benefit from video lottery proceeds, allow...
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2016-01-28
To Senate Finance Committee
DEHB237EngrossThis bill sets the premium tax rate for trust owned private placement life insurance contracts covering the life of an individual at 2% for the first $100,000 in premiums collected, with a premium tax rate of 0.0% for all premiums collected in excess...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (INSURANCE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB174EnrollThis legislation creates a Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission, similar to commissions that the state has in place to review child deaths and the deaths of domestic violence victims. The purpose of the Commission is to examine the facts and circ...
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2016-01-27
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DESB173EngrossThis Act brings new motorcycles within the scope of the automobile Lemon Law.
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2016-01-27
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
DEHB235PassThe Delaware Competes Act reforms Delaware’s business tax code to incentivize job creation and investment in Delaware, to make Delaware’s tax structure more competitive with other states, and to support small businesses by making tax comp...
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2016-01-27
Signed by Governor
DESB169EngrossDespite the enactment of Senate Bill No. 117 (148th General Assembly), 80 Del. Laws, c. 116, applicants for insurance producer licenses have continued to experience significant delays in receiving federal background checks. This Act further revises D...
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/BANKING/INSURANCE/COMMERCE) in House with 2 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits
DESB178IntroThis bill makes technical changes to the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III Child Protection Act.
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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DESB171IntroCurrently, all regular school districts, charter schools, and vocational schools are subject to audit by the Auditor of Accounts. This legislative authority is granted to the Auditor of Accounts in multiple sections of the Delaware Code which must be...
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2016-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
DEHB227IntroThis 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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2016-01-20
Reported Out of Committee (AGRICULTURE) in House with 1 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
DEHB228IntroDelaware 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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2016-01-20
Reported Out of Committee (AGRICULTURE) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DEHB240IntroThis bill establishes the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning Program. The Program will provide grants to public schools, that qualify as Title I schools, to develop afterschool engagement of students that will provide extended learning, homewo...
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2016-01-14
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB241IntroIn 2010, House Bill No. 344 (“Bill”) was introduced, in part, to add the mayor of a municipal corporation to the list of individuals authorized to solemnize marriages in this State. The Bill was signed by the Governor and became law, see ...
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2016-01-14
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DESB156IntroThis bill would prohibit a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified, and would make this prohibition enforceable by the Departme...
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2016-01-13
SS 1 for SB 156 - Reported Out of Committee (BANKING AND BUSINESS) in Senate with 2 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
DEHB226IntroThis Bill authorizes the use of “prize-linked” savings accounts in the State of Delaware. These accounts have been used in a number of countries and several U.S. states to promote savings, especially among persons with low-income and firs...
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2016-01-13
Reported Out of Committee (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/BANKING/INSURANCE/COMMERCE) in House with 4 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
DEHB222IntroThis bill updates the eligibility requirements for interment in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery by referencing the National Cemetery Administration Directive. It additionally provides that members of the Guard or Reserve are eligible and allo...
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2015-12-10
To House Veterans Affairs Committee
DESB89PassIn May 2014, the Department of Health and Social Services (“Department”) promulgated the State of Delaware Food Code, 4458, Title 16 of the Delaware Administrative Code. The State of Delaware Food Code requires all food establishments re...
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2015-10-07
Signed by Governor
DESJR3PassThis Senate Joint Resolution recognizes the Salvation Army in Delaware on its 125th anniversary.
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2015-10-05
Signed by Governor
DEHB88PassThis bill extends the veterans’ preference points in the State merit system. Currently, the preference is limited to veterans of the armed force who served during wartime. The bill allows all veterans who served on active duty and were honorabl...
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2015-09-25
Signed by Governor
DEHB57PassThis Act serves to clarify that work referral is an available option for fines and penalties owed as a result of a civil offense. Because the violation is civil, however, contempt of court shall not be a remedy for failure to comply with court-ordere...
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2015-09-03
Signed by Governor
DEHB7PassIn 2010, the Legislature added the crime of Strangulation, a Class D or Class E felony, to the Delaware Code. This bill adds Strangulation to the list of violent felonies. As a result, the provisions of 11 Del. C. 2116 governing the revocation of ba...
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2015-09-03
Signed by Governor
DESB53PassThis bill clarifies that a participating volunteer fire company or ladies auxiliary in the Delaware Volunteer Firemen’s Pension Plan has the ability to withdraw from the plan. As part of that withdrawal process the company or auxiliary would pa...
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2015-09-03
Signed by Governor
DESB129PassMajor venues in Delaware that host in excess of 5000 people at an event, such as Dover International Speedway, have special security needs to ensure public safety. This bill ensures that public safety is a top priority and a venue can staff an additi...
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2015-09-03
Signed by Governor
DESB57PassThis bill modernizes the abbreviated title of Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), it updates the renewal and reinstatement requirements for advanced practice nursing licensure, and clarifies prescription requir...
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2015-09-01
Signed by Governor
DEHB82PassPursuant to 14 Del. C. Chapter 1, the Secretary and Department of Education are given authority to promulgate and adopt rules and regulations, consistent with the laws of the State of Delaware, for the administration and supervision of the public edu...
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2015-08-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB98PassThis bill creates a definition of an autocycle. An autocycle may be driven by anyone possessing a Class D driver license. A helmet is not required for anyone in an autocycle.
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2015-08-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB130VetoThis bill creates a felony level offense for a person that is a health professional and in the course of providing professional health services to the victim, intentionally has sexual contact with the victim. This bill adds to the existing crime of u...
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2015-08-17
Vetoed by Governor
DESB87PassThis bill creates a Port-of-Entry chapter for the Delaware Insurance Code. This will allow international insurance companies to use Delaware as its “Port-of-Entry” state into the U.S. market. This bill gives the Insurance Commissioner the...
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2015-08-13
Signed by Governor
DESB144PassThe Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Child Protection Act is the result of the work of the Delaware Background Checks Task Force, which was established by Executive Order 42. This legislation will consolidate into one chapter and section of the...
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2015-08-11
Signed by Governor
DEHB89PassThis bill promotes public safety by authorizing wireless service providers to give call location information concerning the telephone of a wireless service customer to a requesting law-enforcement agency or public safety answering point. The request ...
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2015-08-07
Signed by Governor
DESB94PassThis Act requires the Department to develop a regulation for the identification of a “military-connected youth”. The Act further provides that this identification is not a public record, is protected by the federal Family Educational and ...
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2015-08-04
Signed by Governor
DESB122PassAn Act To Amend Title 14, Chapter 10 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Education And The Reorganization And Changing Of School District Boundaries.
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2015-08-04
Signed by Governor
DESB50PassThis bill clarifies the definition of a Correction Officer in the State Employees’ Pension Plan by expanding the existing requirements from supervising inmates to supervising Correctional Officers in secure facilities and/or classified with a c...
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2015-07-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB76PassThis bill implements the NAIC’s revised Standard Valuation Law (SVL). The revised model authorizes a principle-based reserve (PBR) basis for life, annuity and accident and health contracts. A PBR valuation is a reserve valuation that uses one o...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DESB61PassThis Act clarifies that school buses are not exempt from the requirement to stop at railroad grade crossings regulated by a traffic-control signal or at railroad grade crossings protected by crossing gates or flashing lights. Section 4163 currently i...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DEHB143PassThis bill amends Title 18, Chapter 50 - Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act to include recently amended language to the NAIC Model Act, authorizing the Insurance Commissioner to act as Group-Wide Supervisor of internationally-active insur...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DESB107PassThis Act enables the Department of Health and Social Services to promulgate regulations allowing home health agencies and personal assistance services agencies to provide services in nursing facilities and hospitals. This change will allow consumers ...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DESB117PassThis bill revises the language regarding the requirement of resident applicants and nonresident applicants declaring Delaware to be their home state to obtain state and federal background checks to permit these applicants to obtain both the state and...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DESB138PassIndependent, high quality research regarding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana is important to public and patient safety. This Act allows for rigorous scientific study to assess the safety, effects, and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis co...
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2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DEHB147PassOn June 14, 2012, Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order No. 36 (“EO 36”) to help reduce impediments to economic growth and to improve the efficiency of state government. EO 36 requires each Executive Branch agency to periodically r...
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2015-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB120PassThe Regulatory Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 improves Delaware’s regulatory environment for individuals and small businesses in several significant ways. First, it requires each agency to submit a “regulatory flexibility ana...
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2015-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB113PassThe Regulatory Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 improves Delaware’s regulatory environment for individuals and small businesses in several significant ways. First, the Act improves transparency by requiring each agency to submit a &#...
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2015-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB34PassWhen a certified repair technician completes repairs to a customer’s vehicle, the technician’s best validation of the repair is to test drive the vehicle before returning it to the customer. Many times a customer’s vehicle’s r...
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2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESB70PassThis bill provides for the transfer of property from the Appoquinimink School District to the Town of Townsend.
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2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESJR5PassThis Senate Joint Resolution creates a Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission.
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2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESB165IntroThe purpose of this Act is to eliminate the potential for improper electioneering in schools being used as polling placed and to increase voter participation. To accomplish this purpose, this Act directs the Department of Elections to conduct all pub...
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2015-07-15
To Senate Education Committee
DEHB162PassThis bill adds up to 5 citizen members to the Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays in order to include more citizen representation on the Board and to improve the Center’s capacity to procure and administer private moneys secure...
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2015-07-10
Signed by Governor
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