Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

Filter View [Reset All]
Syndicate content
StanceStateBillStatusSummary/TitleLast Actionsort icon
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-08-17
Signed by Governor
DESB22PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-08-11
Signed by Governor
DESB29PassThis bill restores language to the Delaware Code that was inadvertently repealed in 2010 when SB 240 and HB 419 were enacted concurrently.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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-08-11
Signed by Governor
DEHJR6PassThis House Joint Resolution directs the DPAS II Advisory Committee to review and make recommendations to the current educator evaluation system. This Resolution also limits the State Department of Education’s ability to propose changes to certa...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-08-04
Signed by Governor
DESJR4PassWhile Delaware is deeply committed to preparing every child to reach his or her full potential and succeed in the new economy, the State will not be able to build a world-class education system for its children without modernizing the 70-year-old edu...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-08-04
Signed by Governor
DESB69PassAn Act To Amend Title 21 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Registration And Control Of Off-highway Vehicles.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-30
Signed by Governor
DESB64PassAt 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-28
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-27
Signed by Governor
DEHB146PassDelaware 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-27
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
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 &#...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-22
Signed by Governor
DESB112PassThis Act fulfills the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee that the Delaware Economic Development Office (“Office”) be required to develop a comprehensive state plan for economic development every 5 years and submit annual reports...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESJR2PassThe 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESB108PassThis Act is the result of recommendations made by the Joint Sunset Committee. First, this Act adds a statement of the Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries’ purpose. Next, this Act changes the method of constituting the Council from gubernator...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESJR5PassThis Senate Joint Resolution creates a Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESB36PassAfter 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-10
Signed by Governor
DEHB5PassThis 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.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-07
Signed by Governor
DESB62EnrollThis Act updates the minimum insurance coverage requirements for school transportation to reflect current industry standards.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-01
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB140PassThis 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 ...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-01
Signed by Governor
DESB160EnrollA Bond And Capital Improvements Act Of The State Of Delaware And Certain Of Its Authorities For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016; Authorizing The Issuance Of General Obligation Bonds Of The State; Appropriating Funds From The Transportation Trust...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-07-01
SS 1 for SB 160 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB65EnrollThe 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-30
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB116PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-30
Signed by Governor
DEHB156PassThis bill continues the process of updating the Liquor Control Act to make it more consumer-friendly. The bill allows stores that sell alcohol to open at 8:00 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m., on Fridays and Saturdays during the months of October, November...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-30
Signed by Governor
DESR9EngrossThis Senate Resolution honors the men and women of the Delaware Capitol Police as they mark 50 years of distinguished service to the State of Delaware.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 16 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 5 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHJR7EnrollRecognizing (1) that many of our educators are assuming greater levels of responsibility and demonstrating leadership in their classrooms and schools, (2) that our current educator compensation system does not reflect the work we value in our educato...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB63PassAt 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
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-26
Signed by Governor
DESB44PassWhen 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-25
Signed by Governor
DESB79EnrollThis 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 ...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-25
SS 1 for SB 79 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB130EngrossThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-25
Substituted in Senate by SS 1 for SB 130
DESB75PassSection 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 B...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-24
Signed by Governor
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,...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-24
To House Energy Committee
DESB90PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-23
Signed by Governor
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-23
To Senate Public Safety Committee
DESB137IntroDelaware’s Community College System plays a critical role in the State’s economy by providing workforce development and transfer education that connects Delawareans with good paying jobs within the State and region. This Act gives the Col...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-23
Reported Out of Committee (FINANCE) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
DESB33PassAn Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Education And The Individualized Education Program.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-18
Signed by Governor
DEHB144IntroThis bill codifies the annual funding of transportation of students of nonpublic, nonprofit elementary and high schools.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-18
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB152IntroThis bill ensures every elementary, middle, and high school in the State employs at least one library media specialist.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-18
To House Appropriations Committee
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-17
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 1 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-16
Stricken
DEHB154IntroThis bill is a companion to House Bill No. 53 and is conditioned upon that bill’s enactment. This bill clarifies that charter schools do not have to contract for a separate audit, but rather are subject to a postaudit conducted by the Auditor o...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-16
Stricken
DESR8EngrossThis Resolution celebrates the 15th anniversary of the sister-state relationship of, and reaffirms the relationship between, the State of Delaware and the Province of Taiwan.
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-11
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB70PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-09
Signed by Governor
DEHB168IntroThis Act revises the crime of “unlawfully permitting a minor access to a firearm,” an existing class A misdemeanor under Delaware law. The offense is renamed “unsafe storage of a firearm” to place emphasis on firearm safety an...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-09
To House Judiciary Committee
DEHB90PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-08
Signed by Governor
DESCR23EngrossThis concurrent resolution designates National Trails Day, June 6, 2015, as “Mason-Dixon Day” in the State of Delaware. Author: Sen. Sokola
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-03
Passed in House by Voice Vote
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 ...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-06-02
Stricken
DEHB58PassIn 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-05-28
Signed by Governor
DESB21PassThis 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-05-28
Signed by Governor
DEHB81PassThe 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...
[Detail][Text][Discuss]
2015-05-28
Signed by Governor
Syndicate content
feedback