Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DEHB348EngrossThis bill expands the list of persons eligible to participate in the Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Scholarship Program to include employees of non-public libraries in Delaware that join the Delaware Library C...
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2016-05-19
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 34 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 7 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB190IntroThis Act is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide for equal protection regardless of race, sex, age, religion, creed, color, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. This Ac...
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2016-05-19
To Senate Executive Committee
DESB246EngrossThe Omnibus School Safety Program under Title 29, Chapter 82, 8237(g) requires a yearly progress report to be submitted to the General Assembly by May 31. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has determined that the due date does not coinc...
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2016-05-19
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB320EngrossThis bill removes “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” from the definition of misconduct that may be used as grounds for a divorce.
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2016-05-18
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB356IntroThis bill creates a special license plate urging motorists not to use electronic devices and drive. Having these plates visible on Delaware’s roadways will help raise public awareness and encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on...
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2016-05-18
Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DEHB343EngrossThe Joint Sunset Committee has existed since at least 1980 and, over time, it has become clear that the Committee's name does not accurately reflect all of the work that the Committee actually performs. The Committee has "sunsetted" an agen...
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2016-05-18
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET) in Senate with 2 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DEHB381IntroPatients struggle every day to receive necessary care, suffering symptoms longer than appropriate and encountering unnecessary stress factors as they engage in the complicated system of health insurance. One such factor is Pre-Authorization, a tool d...
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2016-05-18
Reported Out of Committee (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/BANKING/INSURANCE/COMMERCE) in House with 2 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
DESB224IntroThis Bill requires political committees to report a contributor’s occupation and employment information. This is already a requirement in federal campaign finance law. If only a contributor’s name and address are disclosed (without occupa...
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2016-05-17
To Senate Administrative Services/Elections Committee
DESB243EngrossThis bill makes the following changes to Delaware Statutory Trust Act (the “Act”) to keep it current and to maintain its national preeminence. The following is a section-by-section review of the proposed amendments of the Act. Section 1....
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2016-05-17
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
DESB225IntroThis bill makes several changes to the law governing the conduct of members of the General Assembly and lobbyists. Section 1 removes from the Code the language that exempts members of the General Assembly from the obligations of the State Employees&...
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2016-05-17
To Senate Executive Committee
DEHB385IntroSection 1 of this bill requires lobbyists to disclose if they receive any compensation for their services. Additionally, Section 1 further requires that lobbyists who are compensated to pay a registration fee, which shall be determined by the Public ...
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2016-05-17
To House Administration Committee
DESCR77EngrossThis Senate Concurrent Resolution designates the week of May 1, 2016 to May 7, 2016 as National Charter Schools Week and commends Delaware’s public charter schools for their efforts in educating Delaware students.
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2016-05-12
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESCR76EngrossThis Resolution recommends that schools be educated on the health impacts of heavy backpacks and work on innovative strategies to reduce that impact.
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2016-05-12
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHB228EngrossDelaware 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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2016-05-11
Amendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
DEHB246PassThe Joint Sunset Committee recommended in 2014 that the Board of Funeral Services and the Division of Professional Regulation review Chapter 31, Title 24 of the Delaware Code and submit proposed legislation to bring the law up to date with current fu...
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2016-05-11
Signed by Governor
DEHB270PassThis Act amends the Telemarketing Fraud Act, Chapter 25A of Title 6, to enable the Consumer Protection Unit (“CPU”) of the Delaware Department of Justice, which enforces the Telemarketing Fraud Act, to act to protect Delaware residents wh...
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2016-05-11
Signed by Governor
DESB242EngrossThis Act eliminates the financial bar to voter registration and makes technical changes to bring the chapter into conformity with 2, article V of the Constitution of this State, which no longer requires a 5 year waiting period before a person convic...
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2016-05-11
To House Administration Committee
DESB213IntroAt least 26 states have enacted legislation requiring the study or development of curricula for educating educators, students, and parents about personal body safety and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention. This Act requires the Child Protec...
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2016-05-11
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
DEHB342EngrossAt the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee (“Committee”), this Act establishes the Department of Elections Voting Equipment Selection Task Force (“Task Force”). The current voting equipment used in Delaware will need ...
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2016-05-10
To Senate Administrative Services/Elections Committee
DEHB374IntroThis Act changes the term of a school board member from 5 years to 4 years. While longer board member terms enable school board members to have more years as experienced board members, this must be weighed against the goal of providing the community ...
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2016-05-10
To House Education Committee
DEHB370IntroThis Act removes from the Delaware Code a transitional provision that is no longer applicable to any individual in New Castle County government. In its place, in cases where the County Executive appoints an individual who is employed by the County in...
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2016-05-05
To House Housing & Community Affairs Committee
DEHB366IntroThis bill endeavors to reconcile patients’ rights to know all their health care options with the desire of some health care providers to not provide certain care based on religious or philosophical beliefs. This act balances the religious liber...
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2016-05-05
To House Health & Human Development Committee
DESB130EnrollThis bill defines criteria for any local government to promote economic development by entering into an agreement with the Department of Transportation to create transit-oriented development districts, called "Complete Community Enterprise Distr...
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2016-05-03
SS 2 for SB 130 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 35 YES 2 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHCR71EngrossThis resolution recognizes the week of May 2-6, 2016 as “Teacher Appreciation Week”.
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2016-05-03
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB350IntroThis Act revises the Delaware Code relating to the limitation, suspension and revocation of educator licenses. Between September 2012 and September 2014, the Delaware Department of Education has investigated 105 cases of alleged educator misconduct, ...
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2016-05-03
To House Administration Committee
DESB239IntroAccording to data provided by the Delaware Department of Education (“DOE”), thousands of Delaware students receive out-of-school suspensions each year for minor infractions, such as being unprepared or late for class, dress code violation...
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2016-05-03
To Senate Education Committee
DESB62PassThis Act updates the minimum insurance coverage requirements for school transportation to reflect current industry standards.
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2016-04-22
Signed by Governor
DESB174PassThis 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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2016-04-21
Signed by Governor
DEHB300EnrollThis Act permits those under 14, with the permission of a parent or one legally standing in the place of a parent, to volunteer or perform work for horse farms and other equine operations, just as those under 14 may do for other types of farms, and t...
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2016-04-21
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 18 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR68EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution declares November 2016 “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month” in Delaware, in honor of Nancy Vodvarka Young, who is 1 of the more than 17,000 Delawareans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Author: S...
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2016-04-21
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHCR47IntroThis resolution provides that the Public Service Commission should consider only approving electricity generating projects being developed to assist the state in meeting its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards that utilize eligible energy resources,...
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2016-04-20
Reported Out of Committee (ENERGY) in House with 2 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
DESB202PassThis Act excludes buses operated by the Department of Education, any public school district, or any charter school from the requirements for minimum insurance coverage contained in 2904, Title 14 of the Delaware Code. This Act is a follow-up to Sen...
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2016-04-20
Signed by Governor
DESB230IntroThis Act creates the option of a supported decision-making agreement for adults who do not need a guardian but who need assistance in gathering information, making decisions, and communicating those decisions. The Act allows these adults, called R...
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2016-04-20
Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB319IntroThis non-punitive, public health-oriented bill seeks to codify certain sections of the federal law known as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (“CAPTA”) that requires States to have policies and procedures in place to address th...
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2016-04-20
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 3 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits
DEHB333IntroThis bill changes the term of a school board member from 5 years to a 3 year term. While longer board member terms enable school board members to have more years as experienced board members, this must be weighed against the goal of providing the com...
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2016-04-19
To House Education Committee
DEHB306EngrossThis bill updates Title 26 relating to the requirements for obtaining a certificate to operate in Delaware as a new electric transmission utility. This bill uses language similar to certificate requirements for water, wastewater, and other utility se...
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2016-04-19
To Senate Energy & Transit Committee
DEHCR63EngrossThis resolution commends and congratulates the Secretary of Education Scholars of 2016.
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2016-04-14
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB180EnrollThis 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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2016-04-14
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB207EngrossThis Act would improve the state’s response to incidents of school bullying by better informing parents of the availability of intervention by the Department of Justice’s School Ombudsperson, and clarify that the Ombudsperson has authorit...
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2016-04-14
To House Education Committee
DEHB227EngrossThis 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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2016-04-13
Reported Out of Committee (BANKING AND BUSINESS) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DEHB238EngrossThis bill changes the days of the week when the sale of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption can occur at 8 a.m. during the months of October through December from Monday through Saturday to Friday through Saturday.
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2016-04-13
Reported Out of Committee (BANKING AND BUSINESS) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DESB150IntroThis bill allows that penalties for violations of rules of the road are enhanced when a victim is vulnerable user (as defined) of a right-of-way who experiences serious physical injury. It expands vulnerable user protection from careless or inattenti...
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2016-04-12
Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB253IntroThis bill changes the earned income tax credit from nonrefundable to refundable and capable of exceeding the tax amount otherwise due. The credit is reduced from 20% of the corresponding federal earned income credit to 6% for 2017. That percentage in...
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2016-04-12
To House Appropriations Committee
DESR15EngrossThis Senate Resolution reaffirms the sister-state relationship between the state of Delaware and Taiwan, and supports strengthening bilateral trade relations and Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.
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2016-04-12
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHCR61IntroThis House Concurrent Resolution urges the President and Congress to enact legislation that would reinstate the separation of commercial and investment banking functions that were in effect under the Glass-Steagall Act.
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2016-04-12
To House Administration Committee
DESB227IntroThis bill clarifies that the Delaware Division of Libraries has taken increased responsibility for coordinating state library technology over the last decade. This bill also provides an amendment for new major library construction projects which prov...
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2016-04-12
To Senate Finance Committee
DEHB291EngrossLyme 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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2016-03-30
To Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Control Committee
DESCR55EngrossThis resolution recognizes the importance of the work by the Deferred Compensation Council in seeking out ways to improve upon Delaware’s existing deferred compensation program for educators, which helps them enhance their retirement through pl...
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2016-03-24
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESCR49EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution commends the 2016 Delaware State Teacher of the Year, Sandra Hall, and all of the District Teachers of the Year.
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2016-03-24
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESCR56EngrossThis resolution extends the due date of the findings and recommendations report of the Education Funding Improvement Commission from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
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2016-03-24
Passed in House by Voice Vote
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