Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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DEHB348IntroThis 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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2016-04-28
To House Education Committee
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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2016-04-28
To House Education Committee
DEHB342IntroAt 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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2016-04-28
To House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) Committee
DEHB343IntroThe 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”...
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2016-04-28
To House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) 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
DEHB270EnrollThis 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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2016-04-21
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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
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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2016-04-20
SS 2 for SB 130 - Reported Out of Committee (TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE AND INFRASTRUCTURE) in House with 4 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
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
DEHB246EnrollThe 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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2016-04-19
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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
DEHB320IntroThis bill removes “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” from the definition of misconduct that may be used as grounds for a divorce.
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2016-04-13
To House Judiciary Committee
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
DEHB290IntroThis 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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2016-03-24
To House Appropriations 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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2016-03-24
To Senate Education Committee
DESB81PassSection 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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2016-03-17
Signed by Governor
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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2016-03-17
To Senate Banking and Business Committee
DESB200PassThe Delaware Commitment to Innovation Act promotes research and development in Delaware and encourages employers to locate or retain their headquarters here. Section 1 of this Act provides for adjustment of the applicable threshold for the research ...
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2016-03-17
Signed by Governor
DEHB245PassThis Act authorizes the Judiciary to spend existing Appropriated Special Funds, collected by Family Court, for preliminary costs associated with the planning, design and land acquisition of downstate Family Court facilities. This funding would be exp...
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2016-03-03
Signed by Governor
DEHB262IntroThe 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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2016-03-03
To House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) Committee
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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2016-01-28
Defeated by House of Representatives. Votes: Defeated 16 YES 23 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DEHB275IntroBegin Synopsis Here
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2016-01-28
Introduced in House and assigned to Capital Infrastructure Committee
DEHB235PassThe Delaware Competes Act reforms Delaware’s business tax code to incentivize job creation and investment in Delaware, to make Delaware’s tax structure more competitive with other states, and to support small businesses by making tax comp...
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2016-01-27
Signed by Governor
DESB171IntroCurrently, all regular school districts, charter schools, and vocational schools are subject to audit by the Auditor of Accounts. This legislative authority is granted to the Auditor of Accounts in multiple sections of the Delaware Code which must be...
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2016-01-21
Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
DEHCR50EngrossThis House Concurrent Resolution adds to the Citizens Advisory Council for White Clay Creek State Park a voting member from the Silent Knights Soaring Society.
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2016-01-20
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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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2016-01-19
Stricken
DEHB240IntroThis bill establishes the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning Program. The Program will provide grants to public schools, that qualify as Title I schools, to develop afterschool engagement of students that will provide extended learning, homewo...
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2016-01-14
To House Appropriations Committee
DEHB223IntroThis bill changes the program for distributing payments to cities with tax-exempt properties owned by the State. Instead of directing payments only to county seats (Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown), the bill will authorize payments as well to any c...
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2015-12-10
To House Appropriations Committee
DESB65PassThe 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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2015-11-10
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...
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2015-10-29
Stricken
DEHJR7PassRecognizing (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...
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2015-08-31
Signed by Governor
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...
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2015-08-17
Signed by Governor
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