Daily Report for 5/9/2018

Governor's Actions

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 26SignedHenryThis Act creates a one-time $100 tax credit per unit for any business purchasing and placing an automatic external defibrillator in service in the State.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO BUSINESS TAX CREDITS AND DEDUCTIONS.
HB 103SignedMatthewsThe Act amends Section 916 of Title 11 of the Code so that the statutory penalties for the crime of home improvement fraud increase as the amount of the loss to the victim increases, using the same scale applicable to Theft under Section 841 of Title 11 and New Home Construction Fraud under Section 917 of Title 11. Like Theft under Section 841 of Title 11, the amendment also provides for an increase in the level of the offense for amounts under $50,000 where the victim is 62 years of age or older or an "adult who is impaired" or a "person with a disability" as defined in the Code. The Act also amends the definition of "home improvement contract" to provide that a victim's payment can be in any form, not just money, and to clarify that a "home improvement contract" includes all agreements for labor, services and materials to be furnished and performed under the home improvement contract.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HOME IMPROVEMENT FRAUD
HB 239 w/ HA 1, HA 1 to HA 1SignedRamoneThis bill addresses how a vacancy in the office of New Castle County Executive will be filled. Initially the County Chief Administrative Officer will fill the position. Thereafter a special election shall be held to fill the vacancy for the balance of the term of office. This is the same special election process as applicable to a vacancy in a County Council district.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 9 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO A VACANCY IN THE NEW CASTLE COUNTY OFFICE OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE.
HB 301 w/ HA 2 + SA 1SignedHudsonThis Act allows the various at-large members of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to be appointed for 3-year terms and be eligible for reappointment. This change is requested by the Council.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COORDINATING COUNCIL.
HB 309SignedBoldenThis Act codifies the practice of the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee to recommend the continuation of an agency unless or until certain conditions are met or modifications are made.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT AND SUNSET COMMITTEE.
HB 314SignedMulrooneyThis Act provides for a clear and established procedure and time frame during which public employees may revoke their membership in an employee organization. This Act allows public employers and employee organizations to manage membership status and authorizations in a manner that will meet public employee’s desires while not disrupting the public employer’s or employee organization’s operations. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT.
HB 337SignedK. WilliamsThis Act prohibits marriage of individuals under 18 years of age.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MARRIAGE OF MINORS.

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 63Passed SenatePettyjohnThis resolution designates the week of May 6-12 as "National Nurses Week" in Delaware.DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF MAY 6-12 AS "NATIONAL NURSES WEEK" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE
HA 1 to HB 398PWBBriggs KingThis amendment ensures that the Departments of Education and Correction collaborate on the Prison Education Program.  
HA 1 to HS 1 for HB 344PWBBriggs KingThis amendment clarifies that not all required programs are court ordered; some programs are required by the Department of Correction. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 179Out of CommitteeMcDowellThis Act clarifies that the Public Advocate may appear before any federal or state court or federal or state administrative body in matters involving public utility rates, service, practices, and energy policy. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING THE DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE.
SB 188 w/ SA 1Out of CommitteeMcDowell The current definition of public utility includes providers of electric or natural gas charging service. However, many parties believe it is neither desirable nor necessary to regulate such providers in Delaware. This proposed legislation modifies the definition to exempt providers of electric and natural gas vehicle charging service from regulation as a public utility.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS VEHICLE CHARGING SERVICE.
SB 191 w/ SA 1SignedMcDowell The Public Service Commission conducts an annual review of the process by which Delmarva Power obtains electricity to deliver to its customers. With 100% of supply coming from market based auctions, there has been little need to continue the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) planning process. Under current legislation, Delmarva Power must conduct a complete IRP every two years. The IRP, while helpful in exploring possible changes in long term approaches to electric supply, is an expensive process, the cost of which is added to utility rates. This Bill extends the filing time for future IRP’s to those occasions when Delmarva Power elects to make a significant change in its source of electric supply or as the Commission may direct. This will reduce the customer costs to complete an IRP every two years, along with Commission time and effort for review. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND DELMARVA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY'S INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLANNING.
HCR 85PassedSchwartzkopfThis concurrent resolution commends the nominees and recipients for the 2018 Delaware Governor’s Awards: Recognizing State Employee Individuals, Teams, and Heroes. COMMENDING THE NOMINEES AND RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 DELAWARE GOVERNOR’S AWARDS: RECOGNIZING STATE EMPLOYEE INDIVIDUALS, TEAMS, AND HEROES.
SA 1 to SB 188PassedMcDowellThis Amendment removes natural gas vehicle fueling stations to clarify that the Public Service Commission may continue to regulate such stations owned by regulated public utilities pursuant to approved tariff provisions. 
SA 1 to SB 191PassedMcDowellThis corrects an omission in the original legislation.  
HCR 86PassedQ. JohnsonThis concurrent resolution proclaims May 9, 2018, as “Early Childhood Advocacy Day” to affirm the importance of quality early learning for every citizen and every sector of our State, to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, and to rededicate ourselves to our shared responsibility for the construction and support of a Delaware early childhood system that will positively impact children, families, communities, and workforce and economic development across the State.DESIGNATING MAY 9, 2018, AS “EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVOCACY DAY” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 59PassedLopezThis resolution proclaims May 2018 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in Delaware.PROCLAIMING MAY 2018 CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH IN DELAWARE
SCR 61PassedBushwellerThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes Delawarean Steve Austin, recipient of the 2018 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award.RECOGNIZING DELAWAREAN STEVE AUSTIN, RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 CFSI/MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS MASON LANKFORD FIRE SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD.

Senate Committee Assignments

No Senate Committee Assignments

House Committee Assignments

Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce

Senate Committee Report

Banking, Business & Insurance
Elections & Government Affairs
Health, Children & Social Services
Judicial & Community Affairs

House Committee Report

Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce
Health & Human Development
Public Safety & Homeland Security
Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure
Veterans Affairs

Senate Defeated Legislation

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 399 w/ HA 1 + SA 4PassedLonghurstThis is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to provide equal rights on the basis of sex. There is no Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. While Congress passed the Amendment in 1972, it was not ratified by the requisite number of states by the 1982 deadline. Delaware, however, was one of the first states to ratify the Amendment. About half of the states across the country have passed Equal Rights Amendments to their state constitutions in order to provide protection against discrimination based on sex. Without an Equal Rights amendment, women's rights and protections are limited. This Amendment is necessary to correct a constitutional shortcoming, reduce sex-based disparities and to codify our State's value of equality.AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I OF THE DELAWARE CONSTITUTION RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.
SA 1 to HB 399DefeatedDelcolloThis amendment clarifies that the mere separation of the sexes shall not be considered discrimination. 
SA 2 to HB 399DefeatedDelcolloThis amendment clarifies that nothing in this section shall be construed to grant or secure any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.  
SA 3 to HB 399DefeatedDelcolloThis amendment clarifies that the contents therein shall only apply to the State of Delaware and its political subdivisions.  

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

No Records