Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DESJR2IntroThe amount of testing required of our students and educators has grown significantly in recent years. While the General Assembly recognizes the need to administer assessments that provide valid and reliable data about how Delaware’s students ar...
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2015-05-20
To Senate Education Committee
DESCR6EngrossThis resolution places Delaware alongside several sister states--including Vermont, California, and Illinois--in calling for an Article V convention, following the United States Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commissi...
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2015-05-14
Reported Out of Committee (HOUSE ADMINISTRATION) in House with 3 On Its Merits
DEHB70EnrollThis bill creates two types of licensure for the newly created Midwifery Advisory Council, licensed Certified Professional Midwives and licensed Certified Midwives. The bill clarifies that a licensee of the same licensure type should serve on the Pan...
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2015-05-14
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB69EnrollAn Act To Amend Title 21 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Registration And Control Of Off-highway Vehicles.
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2015-05-14
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB80IntroThis bill updates the Delaware Code relating to the Delaware Board of Home Inspectors by eliminating the qualification for licensure of obtaining and maintaining errors and omissions insurance. Maintenance of insurance is not a factor that indicates ...
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2015-05-14
Laid On Table in Senate
DESB79IntroThis bill amends Section 4111 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code to establish policies and procedures that enable school districts, schools, teachers, and school staff to collect and use student data for appropriate educational purposes while ensuring ...
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2015-05-14
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB81EngrossSection 1 of this bill updates the Delaware Code relating to the Delaware Board of Architects regarding the required practical training in architectural work that each new applicant must acquire prior to being qualified for licensure. The proposed ch...
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2015-05-14
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR22EngrossThis resolution establishes a Task Force on State Educational Technology. The Task Force will review how technology is used in public education classrooms. The Task Force must make certain determinations and issue recommendations. A Task Force report...
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2015-05-14
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHB140EngrossThis bill increases several revenue sources for the Transportation Trust Fund. The motor vehicle document fee is increased from 3.75% to 4.25%. The fee for late renewal of a driver’s license is increased from $1.15 to $10, and the fee for late ...
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2015-05-14
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 25 YES 16 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB144IntroThis bill codifies the annual funding of transportation of students of nonpublic, nonprofit elementary and high schools.
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2015-05-14
To House Education Committee
DEHB146IntroDelaware is one of only a few states that does not charge a fee for educator licensure or for certifications. Delaware processes approximately 10,000 applications for licensure and certification each year, in addition to other processing requests for...
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2015-05-14
To House Education Committee
DESB12IntroThis Act closes two significant loopholes in Delaware law in order to ensure that punishment for the illegal possession of firearms by violent persons is certain. First, by adding a definition for “convicted” or “conviction” t...
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2015-05-13
Amendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
DEHB90EnrollThis bill requires all public school employees to receive 90 minutes of training each year on suicide prevention. The bill also requires all public schools to establish a suicide prevention committee. Furthermore, the bill requires local education ag...
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2015-05-13
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB75EngrossSection 1. Section 1 amends Section 102(a)(1) to enable the Division of Corporations in the Department of State to waive the requirement under Section 102(a)(1)(ii) in certain limited circumstances. Section 2. In ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bu...
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2015-05-13
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB116IntroThis bill was recommended by the Executive Order 45 Re-Entry Education Task Force. That task force was created to examine the present system and to make recommendations on how to best serve youth educationally as they leave juvenile justice secure fa...
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2015-05-13
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 6 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
DESB90IntroThis Act adds intractable epilepsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions for which a physician may supply a written certification for medical marijuana. It also specifically adds disorders such as dystonia which are characterized by involunt...
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2015-05-13
Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB96IntroThe Regulatory Flexibility and Transparency Act of 2015 improves Delaware’s regulatory environment for individuals and small businesses in several significant ways. Under the Act, whenever an agency proposes to adopt or amend a regulation that ...
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2015-05-13
To Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee
DESB44EnrollWhen the owner of a vehicle who qualifies for the following military license plates: Former Prisoners of War; Veterans with Disabilities; Veterans Formerly Missing-in-action; Delaware National Guard and Reserves; Purple Heart; Recipients of Medals or...
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2015-05-12
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB81EnrollThe Department of Education issues an annual Delaware Public Education Profile on all Delaware public schools. This bill adds the information pertaining to the role of the Title IX Coordinator and their contact information into the annual Education P...
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2015-05-12
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB82IntroPursuant 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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2015-05-12
Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB65EngrossThe Joint Sunset Committee recommended in 2014 that the Board of Funeral Services (the Board) and the Division of Professional Regulation (the Division) review Chapter 24, Title 31 of the Delaware Code and submit in 2015 proposed legislation to bring...
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2015-05-07
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 3 Favorable
DESB64EnrollAt the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee and in an effort to make it less difficult to find qualified members to fill the Open Space Council, this Act simplifies the appointment terms and expirations and requires that all three counties be...
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2015-05-07
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 3 On Its Merits
DESB63EngrossAt the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee, this Act removes the Council on Manufactured Housing and the Delaware Manufactured Housing Alternative Dispute Resolution Act from the Delaware Code. Author: Sen. Poore
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2015-05-07
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 3 On Its Merits
DEHCR29EngrossThis concurrent resolution recognizes the week of May 4-8, 2015 as “Teacher Appreciation Week.”
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2015-05-07
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR20EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution designates the week of May 3, 2015 to May 9, 2015 as National Charter Schools Week and commends Delaware’s public charter schools for their efforts in educating Delaware students.
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2015-05-07
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHB5EngrossThis Act adds electronic smoking devices to the Clean Indoor Air Act and prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in all public places where smoking is prohibited under current law.
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2015-05-06
To Senate Health & Social Services Committee
DESB61EngrossThis 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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2015-05-06
Reported Out of Committee (TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE AND INFRASTRUCTURE) in House with 5 Favorable
DEHCR28EngrossThis Resolution declares June 2015 as Delaware Dairy Month and Honors Delaware’s farm creameries and dairy farmers.
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2015-05-06
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB134IntroThis bill would permit wine producers holding a valid license in this State or another state to obtain a license and ship wine directly to Delaware consumers so long as it is done through a common carrier with a “Carrier Permit”. The bill...
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2015-05-06
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
DEHB100EnrollThis Act establishes a new tax rate ceiling for the next two years and then sunsets to its original level in year three. Also this Act limits total enrollment over the next three years and provides limitations on applicant selection.
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2015-05-05
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 16 YES 4 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB10PassThis Act makes technical changes to the Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS) II Advisory Committee membership and meeting dates. Additionally, this Act clarifies language regarding the Committee’s duties in order to better provide advic...
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2015-04-30
Signed by Governor
DESB33EnrollAn Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Education And The Individualized Education Program.
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2015-04-29
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 3 Favorable, 8 On Its Merits
DEHB44IntroThis Act protects children and families from the harmful effects of certain flame retardants used in furniture by adding a new chapter 105 to Title 16. Section 10501 provides definitions applicable in this chapter. Section 10502 prohibits the sale or...
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2015-04-28
Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB62EngrossThis Act updates the minimum insurance coverage requirements for school transportation to reflect current industry standards.
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2015-04-28
To House Education Committee
DEHCR23EngrossThis concurrent resolution commends the American Association of University Professors on the vital role it has played in advancing American higher education.
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2015-04-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB58EnrollIn 1981, the General Assembly set the current tax rate ceiling for the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District (“District”) at 13 cents on each $100 value of real property for the tax year 1982 and then provided for it to i...
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2015-04-23
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 17 YES 2 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR11EnrollThis resolution endorses an expansion of naloxone access in Delaware’s schools.
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2015-04-23
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 2 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR14EngrossThis resolution commends and congratulates the Secretary of Education scholars of 2015.
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2015-04-23
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESB22EnrollThis bill allows first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury or death. The bill also allows a person removing an animal to use reasonable means to contact...
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2015-04-22
Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 9 On Its Merits
DESB36EngrossAfter the General Assembly adopted a drafting procedure using strikethrough and underline, some inconsistencies and confusion about how amendments to bill should be drafted resulted. In the effort to update the Legislative Drafting Manual, the Divisi...
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2015-04-22
To House Administration Committee
DESB29EngrossThis bill restores language to the Delaware Code that was inadvertently repealed in 2010 when SB 240 and HB 419 were enacted concurrently. This bill adds cats to the list of domestic animals that are protected under the dangerous dog law. Cats are do...
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2015-04-22
Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DESB21EnrollThis legislation will change the non-public schools date to submit their September 30 enrollment data from October 31 to October 5. This will allow for better coordination with the September 30 unit count for public schools and analysis of enrollment...
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2015-04-21
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB31PassThis bill repeals the sunset provision included in Chapter 214, Volume 78 of the Laws of Delaware, which will continue to enable the Teach For America (TFA) program to recruit and train teachers from Delaware schools and from across the nation to tea...
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2015-04-20
Signed by Governor
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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2015-04-16
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB53IntroCurrently, all school districts, including vocational schools, are subject to the Auditor of Accounts. Edits to the November 2010 Charter School Manual removed instructions for charter schools to go through Auditor of Accounts when contracting for au...
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2015-04-01
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 2 Favorable, 6 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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2015-03-26
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHCR15EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution commends the 2015 Delaware State Teach of the Year, Megan D. Szabo, and all of the District Teachers of the Year.
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2015-03-26
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB14IntroAs a public school safety measure, this bill requires that any door to a classroom will be equipped with a lock that can be locked from either side of the door. Many doors are currently not capable of locking from the inside. Locking the door(s) to a...
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2015-03-24
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB12IntroThis bill seeks to ensure that every public school in the State of Delaware has a nurse. This bill provides a mechanism to allow public schools that currently do not have a school nurse to receive state funds. The bill also allows for a match tax to ...
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2015-03-24
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB16PassSection 1 of this Act amends the definition of “restaurant”, as it relates to Delaware’s laws governing the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquors, to allow smaller restaurants, those with seating for at least 12 individuals, to ...
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2015-03-23
Signed by Governor
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