|HB 333||Signed||B. Short||In 2017, HB 114 raised the minimum bodily injury and property damage liability limits set forth at 21 Del. C. § 2902(b)(2) from $15,000/$30,000/$5,000 to $25,000/$50,000/$10,000. However, HB 114 did not address the issue of combined single limits, and did not change the definition of “proof of financial responsibility” in the definitions section of Title 21. The purpose of this bill is to resolve the statutory conflict that was created when HB 114 was passed in 2017.||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.|
|HCR 91||Passed||Brady||This Concurrent Resolution honors the Army Warrant Officer Corps for their 100th anniversary on July 9, 2018.||HONORING THE ARMY WARRANT OFFICER CORPS FOR THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY.|
|SB 213||Signed||Hansen||This bill provides that the Commission must have at least 2 members from each of the three counties in Delaware. The bill also changes the requirement for 1 pediatrician member and 1 board certified family practice physician to licensed health care providers, currently practicing or retired, with expertise in pediatrics or family medicine. The bill also changes the requirement for at least 1 Delaware licensed psychologist to at least 1 Delaware licensed mental health professional. Finally, the bill changes the name of the Commission to the Family Law Commission.||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE COMMISSION ON FAMILY LAW.|
|SB 214||Signed||Bushweller||The Division of Forensic Science (“Division”) produces numerous postmortem examination reports, autopsy reports, and laboratory reports annually. Given the high volume, and consistent with National Association of Medical Examiners accreditation standards, this Act expands the period of time within which the Medical Examiner must complete a written report from 30 to 90 days.
In addition, while “next of kin” is defined for purposes of the authority to provide corneas to eye banks, other references to “next of kin” in Chapter 47 of Title 29 (regarding the Division’s authority) are undefined. This Act provides a clear definition for Division employees and the public regarding who qualifies as “next of kin” and is intended to ensure that the confidential reports prepared by the Division are released only to the appropriate individual. ||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF FORENSIC SCIENCE.|
|SB 219||Out of Committee||Hansen||Since 1975, the Delaware Population Consortium has prepared a unified set of statewide population projections each year. These projections are used for a variety of purposes including capital planning, policy analysis, comprehensive planning, and transportation planning. All 3 counties are required by State law to utilize these projections to prepare their required comprehensive plans. However, the Delaware Population Consortium does not exist in State law. This Act formally creates the Delaware Population Consortium, identifies its membership and work products, and requires that all counties, municipalities, school districts, and State agencies use the Consortium’s projections for planning and policy purposes.||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE POPULATION CONSORTIUM.|
|SB 233||Signed||Hansen||This Act adds the requirement that vehicles stop at railroad signals for all on-track equipment.
This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL STOPS REQUIRED AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS.|
|SB 234||Signed||Townsend|| Currently, the ability of the Department to take licensure action (i.e., suspension, revocation, limitation) is, in certain cases, contingent upon the public school employer first taking employment action (i.e., dismissal, termination). The Department believes that its ability, as the agency issuing professional teaching credentials to educators, to undertake licensure action should be separate from any action by the public school employer. Further, the Department seeks to expand the circumstances in which the Secretary may automatically suspend teaching credentials, specifically to include situations involving felony crimes against a children or where there is a clear and immediate danger to student safety or welfare.
This bill removes the requirement of employment action before disciplinable offenses may be handled by the Department, making this licensure disciplinary structure consistent with how other licensed professions are handled in this State. The bill also creates the power to impose temporary emergency suspensions in those rare instances where a teacher poses a threat to student health, safety, or welfare. Finally, this bill creates the confidential letter of concern that is non-disciplinary and may be used in those instances where a teacher’s behavior is not in violation of the code, but indicative of a practice that is a matter of concern. These two provisions also make teacher licensure discipline more similar to other licensed professions in the State.
||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 CHAPTER 12 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LIMITATION, SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF EDUCATOR LICENSES.|
|SB 239||Out of Committee||Hansen||This Act addresses the serious problem of individuals dumping large quantities of trash on public and private property, by:
• Defining a “substantial quantity” of litter as being more than an amount contained in a standard garbage can.
• Providing enhanced penalties for the unlawful dumping of a substantial quantity of litter.
• Creating the Litter Investigation and Enforcement Fund, funded through restitution paid by offenders of this
chapter, to support investigations to identify those who violate this chapter.
This Act clarifies that a public authority or agency is not required to provide litter receptacles in a park or recreation area that is designated as a carry-in and carry-out facility.
This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE LITTER CONTROL LAW.|
|SB 241||Signed||Poore||This Act provides the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association with the authority to establish fees for officiating.
This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.|
|SB 242 w/ SA 1||Signed||Walsh||This Act creates Pay for Success contracts. A Pay for Success contract is an agreement between a State agency and either a program intermediary or an investor under which an investor will provide upfront capital to fund a service, program, or economic development initiative. The State agency agrees to repay the program intermediary or investor if the service, program, or economic development initiative meets the performance measures and outcomes agreed to in the contract. An independent evaluator will determine if the performance measures and outcomes are met.
If the State agency contracts with a program intermediary, the program intermediary will manage all aspects of the project, including identifying the investor and the entity or entities that will provide the service, program, or economic development initiative. In other situations, a State agency will contract directly with the investor, who will contract directly with the entity or entities that will provide the service, program, or economic development initiative.||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PAY FOR SUCCESS CONTRACTS.|
|SB 246 w/ SA 1 + HA 1||Signed||McDowell|| This act provides greater flexibility for County and Municipal governments to enter into public-private partnerships for public lands. These agreements provide opportunities for the preservation of public land and limit the amount of government money required to maintain the land.
This act is intended to abrogate the restrictions on permitted uses for public land, including public parks, held in a public trust as provided in the common law, including the restrictions set forth in Anderson v. Mayor and Council of Wilmington. 137 A.2d 521 (Del. Ch. 1958) and City of Wilmington v. Lord. 332 A.2d 414 (Del. Ch. 1975). aff'd, 378 A.3d 635 (Del. 1977).
||AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 9 AND 22 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COUNTIES, MUNICIPALITIES AND PUBLIC LANDS.|
|SA 1 to HB 310||Passed||McDowell||This Amendment makes a series of technical changes to House Bill No. 310 and House Amendment No. 2 to House Bill No. 310.
This Amendment also deletes the requirement that a company’s report contain a copy of any report or assessment relating to environmental and social impact submitted to any Provider.
Finally, this Amendment further changes the requirement that a company must report on Assessment measures annually, into a requirement to report on the most recently available information developed pursuant to the Assessment measures.|| |
|HCR 92||Passed||Schwartzkopf||This Resolution recognizes the young men participating in the 2018 session of Delaware's Boys State and commends its sponsor, the American Legion Department of Delaware.||RECOGNIZING THE YOUNG MEN FROM ACROSS THE STATE OF DELAWARE PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 SESSION OF DELAWARE'S BOYS STATE.|
|SA 1 to SB 242||Passed||Walsh||This Amendment requires that specific procedures be established for Pay for Success contracts that involve early childhood education or public education. This Amendment also creates a working group that will make recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget regarding these procedures.|| |
|SA 1 to SB 217||Passed||Walsh||This Amendment restores the exception for property that is more than 10 acres.|| |
|SA 1 to SB 246||Passed||McDowell||This amendment corrects a typographical error in the original bill. || |