Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DESB33IntroAn Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Education And The Individualized Education Program.
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2015-03-26
Amendment SA 3 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
DESB31EnrollThis 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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2015-03-26
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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
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
DEHB70IntroThis 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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2015-03-26
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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2015-03-25
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 11 YES 8 NO 2 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB40IntroThis 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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2015-03-25
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB5IntroThis 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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2015-03-25
Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB21EngrossThis 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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2015-03-25
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
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
DESB44IntroWhen 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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2015-03-24
DESCR9EngrossThis Senate Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 19th, 2015, as “Rare Disease Day” in Delaware.
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2015-03-19
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHB58IntroIn 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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2015-03-19
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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2015-03-19
DESB22IntroThis 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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2015-03-18
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DESB36IntroAfter 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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2015-03-18
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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2015-03-17
DEHB55IntroThis bill requires that the State Department of Education include in its ESEA Waiver Renewal Application a request to the U.S. Department of Education an additional year before incorporating the Smarter Balanced Assessment into its evaluations of tea...
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2015-03-17
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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2015-03-12
DEHB43IntroThis bill was previously recommended by the Joint Sunset Committee in the 147th General Assembly. The bill adds appointed members of the Cash Management Policy Board to the definition of “public officers.” This designation would subject t...
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2015-03-12
DEHB42IntroCurrently FOIA applies to their Boards of Trustees and their documents relating to the expenditure of public funds. Also under current law, as of July 1, 2015, the universities will have to indicate on any request for proposal or other competitive bi...
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2015-03-12
DEHB16EnrollSection 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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2015-01-29
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESCR4EngrossThis Resolution requests that the Division of Motor Vehicles study and consider issuing optional digital driver’s licenses for Delaware motorists.
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2015-01-29
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DEHCR7EngrossThis House Concurrent Resolution recognizes January 2015 as “School Board Recognition Month”.
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2015-01-29
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB20IntroThis Bill is the Fiscal Year 2016 Bond and Capital Improvements Act.
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2015-01-29
DESCR2EnrollSYNOPSIS This Concurrent Resolution creates the Blind and Visually Impaired Education Task Force.
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2015-01-28
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESB10EnrollThis 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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2015-01-27
DEHB6IntroThe Court of Chancery has held that 5106(b)(7) of Title 14 “expressly evidenced [the General Assembly’s] intent that control of University [of Delaware] land development and use is within the exclusive control of the Board of Trustees of...
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2015-01-20
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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2015-01-20
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