Delaware Senator David Sokola [D]

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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
DEHB245EnrollThis 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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2016-01-28
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
DESB180EngrossThis 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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2016-01-28
To House Education Committee
DEHB275IntroBegin Synopsis Here
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2016-01-28
Introduced in House and assigned to Capital Infrastructure Committee
DESB174EnrollThis 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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2016-01-27
To House Health & Human Development 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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2016-01-27
Reported Out of Committee (REVENUE & FINANCE) in House with 6 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits
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
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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2016-01-26
To Senate Banking and Business Committee
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
DEHB227IntroThis 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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2016-01-20
Reported Out of Committee (AGRICULTURE) in House with 1 Favorable, 7 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
DEHB228IntroDelaware 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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2016-01-20
Reported Out of Committee (AGRICULTURE) in House with 8 On Its Merits
DEHB246IntroThe 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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2016-01-20
Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 2 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
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
DESB81EnrollSection 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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2016-01-19
Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 39 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
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
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 &#...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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2015-07-15
Signed by Governor
DESJR5PassThis Senate Joint Resolution creates a Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission.
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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...
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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.
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2015-07-07
Signed by Governor
DESB62EnrollThis Act updates the minimum insurance coverage requirements for school transportation to reflect current industry standards.
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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 ...
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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...
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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
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...
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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...
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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.
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2015-06-30
Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 16 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 5 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
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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2015-06-24
To House Energy Committee
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