Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DESB230PassThis 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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2016-09-15
Signed by Governor
DEHB397PassThis Act creates a Delaware Commission on Indian Heritage and Culture.
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2016-09-01
Signed by Governor
DEHB290PassThis 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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2016-08-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB291PassLyme 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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2016-08-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB435PassThis 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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2016-08-11
Signed by Governor
DEHB238PassThis 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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2016-08-10
Signed by Governor
DESB213PassAt 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.
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2016-08-10
Signed by Governor
DESB207PassThis 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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2016-08-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB392PassAt the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee, this Act establishes the Reports Appeals Subcommittee to hear and decide appeals of the State Election Commissioner’s decisions regarding tardy and incomplete reports. This Act takes effect ...
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2016-08-10
Signed by Governor
DESB246PassThe 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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2016-08-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB227PassThis 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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2016-07-29
Signed by Governor
DEHB401PassThis Act generates revenues needed for statewide wildlife conservation and for public access facilities on and the management and maintenance of public wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife (“Division”) by i...
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2016-07-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB406PassVolunteer 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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2016-07-22
Signed by Governor
DEHB393PassThis Act is the result of recommendations made by the Joint Sunset Committee, and makes several changes to the State Use Law: Updates the law to use People First Language, including changing the name of the Commission for the Purchase of Products an...
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2016-07-20
Signed by Governor
DESB242PassThis 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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2016-07-13
Signed by Governor
DESB243PassThis 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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2016-07-13
Signed by Governor
DEHB381PassPatients 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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2016-07-13
Signed by Governor
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
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
DESCR83EngrossThis resolution establishes a special committee to study and made recommendations about school safety issues, with the committee to provide its report and recommendations on or before October 17, 2016.
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2016-07-01
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESCR89EngrossThis Concurrent Resolution supports the National Cancer Moonshot and the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force and encourages cancer survivorship planning and the goal of eliminating cancer as we know it today.
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2016-07-01
Passed in House by Voice Vote
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
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
DESB150EngrossThis 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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2016-06-30
SS 1 for SB 150 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB262EnrollThe Joint Sunset Committee recommended in 2015 that the Open Space Council (“Council”) review Chapter 75, Title 7 of the Delaware Code and submit in 2016 proposed legislation to bring the 25-year-old Delaware Land Protection Act up to dat...
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2016-06-30
HS 1 for HB 262 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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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2016-06-30
Reported Out of Committee (ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES/ELECTIONS) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
DESB278IntroCurrently, the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) applies to the Boards of Trustees of the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. This Act clarifies that committees or subcommittees of the Board of Trustees of either unive...
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2016-06-30
Defeated by Senate. Votes: Defeated 10 YES 9 NO 2 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESJR16IntroThis Senate Joint Resolution calls on the United States Congress to act in the public interest and approve pending legislation barring persons in the federal government’s classified terrorist database, commonly referred to as "the terroris...
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2016-06-30
Defeated by Senate. Votes: Defeated 10 YES 9 NO 2 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB199PassThis Act amends Title 14, Chapter 12, Subchapter II. of the Delaware Code, creating a four-tiered licensure structure for Delaware educators. Through Senate Bill 51, the State of Delaware has significantly improved educator preparation in Delaware. T...
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2016-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESB286EngrossThis Act creates the Technology Commercialization Fund. The primary purposes of the Act are as follows: (1) Help fund and develop new businesses in Delaware focused upon innovative cutting edge technologies, especially in the fields of Advanced Mater...
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2016-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 12 YES 9 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 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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2016-06-29
Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DEHB427EngrossThis bill provides Statewide consistency of the law that protects the public welfare from dangerous dogs and clarifies that dogs may not be held potentially dangerous or dangerous for animal control enforcement or for purposes of criminal liability b...
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2016-06-29
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 31 YES 5 NO 1 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB444IntroAn estimated 100,000 people in Delaware participate in some form of fantasy sports, whether it’s a football or baseball league with their friends and family, or more recently, a daily or weekly contest against players from across the country. T...
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2016-06-29
Reported Out of Committee (GAMING & PARIMUTUELS) in House with 7 On Its Merits
DEHB320PassThis bill removes “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” from the definition of misconduct that may be used as grounds for a divorce.
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2016-06-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB342PassAt 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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2016-06-28
Signed by Governor
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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2016-06-28
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 7 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
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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2016-06-28
Defeated by House of Representatives. Votes: Defeated 7 YES 29 NO 0 NOT VOTING 5 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB440IntroThis Act requires that organizations wishing to operate charitable video lottery machines connect those machines to the central lottery computer system beginning March 31, 2017. The bill also eliminates the requirement that charitable gaming organiza...
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2016-06-28
Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
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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2016-06-28
Amendment HA 3 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
DESB287IntroThis Act prohibits the sale, transfer, or delivery of a firearm to any person on the Federal Government’s terrorist watch list or the Federal Government’s no-fly list, or on any other list used by the Transportation Security Administratio...
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2016-06-25
Stricken
DESCR81EngrossThis Senate Concurrent Resolution recognizes and celebrates 2 distinguished Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Author: Sen. Sokola
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2016-06-22
Passed in House by Voice Vote
DESB289IntroThis Act prohibits the sale, transfer, or delivery of a firearm to any person on the Federal Government’s terrorist watch list or the Federal Government’s no-fly list, or on any other list used by the Transportation Security Administratio...
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2016-06-22
Laid On Table in Senate
DESB277IntroThis bill establishes a permanent steering committee for the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, in order to ensure the long term sustainability and adaptability of the program. The committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of representation across d...
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2016-06-21
Amendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
DEHB438IntroSince 1999, residential developers in New Castle County have been required to seek either a certificate from the Department of Education declaring that the local school district has the capacity to absorb additional students from the new development,...
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2016-06-21
To House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee
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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2016-06-16
Reported Out of Committee (APPROPRIATIONS) in House with 4 On Its Merits
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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2016-06-15
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DEHB426IntroThis Act is the result of the recommendation made by the Joint Sunset Committee in its review of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (“the Board”) that the Division of Professional Regulation amend applicable statutes that are o...
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2016-06-15
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 3 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
DESB279IntroPursuant to Superior Court Criminal Rule 16, a defendant may request the opportunity to inspect and copy property and material in the possession, custody or control of the state and which is material to the preparation of the defendant’s defens...
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2016-06-15
Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable
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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2016-06-14
Laid On Table in Senate
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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2016-06-14
Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
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