Daily Report for 1/22/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 11CommitteeSokolaThis Act changes the program for distributing payments to county seats with tax-exempt properties owned by the State. Section 8318 of Title 29 directs compensatory payments for exempt properties owned by the State to the county seats, Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown. This Act authorizes these compensatory payments to any municipality with a population over 25,000 and more than 20% tax exempt property owned by the State. This Act also adjusts the formula under which distributions to municipalities are made. This Act improves the formulas to enable the elimination of specific dollar earmarks and to treat all higher education institutions in the State equally. The Act increases the compensatory payments under this section to each of the 3 county seats, and adds Newark to the program at a much lower payment than the payment provided to the county seats. 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 TO COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FOR CERTAIN TAX EXEMPT PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE STATE.
SCR 7PassedTownsendThis Concurrent Resolution requests the Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware State Police examine the issue of slower traffic in the left hand lane and jointly report to the General Assembly by May 1, 2019, their recommendations, if any, for action to address this issue. REQUESTING THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE DELAWARE STATE POLICE EXAMINE THE ISSUE OF SLOWER TRAFFIC IN THE LEFT HAND LANE AND REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.
HCR 5CommitteeBentzThis resolution places Delaware alongside sister states, including Vermont, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, in calling for an Article V convention to reverse the decision by the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) (“Citizens United”) and related cases and events. The Citizens United decision has permitted money to play an unduly influential role in the context of political campaigns. The convention will have the sole purpose of crafting an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to address this situation, based upon data and experiences that have arisen in the wake of these decisions. CALLING FOR AN ARTICLE V CONVENTION TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
SB 12CommitteeMcDowellThis Act facilitates electric vehicle and grid-integrated electric vehicle interconnection by including the Society of Automotive Engineers industrial safety standard, J3072, which sets safety requirements for electric vehicles that provide power from their batteries back to the electric grid. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO GENERATING SYSTEMS WITH THE NEW SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS ELECTRIC SAFETY STANDARD.
SB 14CommitteeMcDowellThis 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, services, 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 TO THE DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE.
SCR 9PassedTownsendThis Concurrent Resolution recommends the Delaware Judiciary assess the implementation of Interim Rule 5.2 and collaborate with criminal justice stakeholders to finalize a court rule focused on balancing continued efforts to release defendants who should not be held pre-trial and to protect the public from defendants accused of violent crimes.RECOMMENDING THE DELAWARE JUDICIARY ASSESS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERIM RULE 5.2 AND COLLABORATE WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE STAKEHOLDERS TO FINALIZE A COURT RULE FOCUSED ON BALANCING CONTINUED EFFORTS TO RELEASE DEFENDANTS WHO SHOULD NOT BE HELD PRE-TRIAL AND TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF VIOLENT CRIMES.
SB 16CommitteeEnnisThis Act authorizes the Division of Motor Vehicles (“Division”) to issue special registration plates to motorcycle clubs without having to enact a special law for each request. A motorcycle club must have 50 applications for its special registration plate before the Division is required to issue a special registration plate; however, the requirement is reduced to 25 for certain motorcycle clubs. This Act is limited to owners of a motorcycle who are members of a motorcycle club and have completed or are enrolled in, and complete, an experienced rider course. This Act assesses a 1-time, $20 fee, $10 of which must be deposited by the Division into a special account to be used by the Division only for the expenses incurred in the administration of the motorcycle rider education program. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES FOR MOTORCYCLES.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 6PassedTownsendThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes that all Delawareans deserve affordable health care, only 1 commercial insurer currently sells health insurance plans on Delaware's Marketplace, and that premiums for health insurance plans sold on the Marketplace could be reduced if the State creates a reinsurance program under a State Relief and Empowerment Waiver under Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Section 1332 Waiver"). This Concurrent Resolution also strongly urges the Governor and Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services to apply for a Section 1332 Waiver and that a program fund be created if the Section 1332 Waiver is granted, to provide capital to operate and administer a reinsurance program.ENCOURAGING THE STATE TO APPLY FOR A STATE RELIEF AND EMPOWERMENT WAIVER UNDER SECTION 1332 OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO CREATE A STATE REINSURANCE PROGRAM.
HCR 4PassedLonghurstThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the importance of the health and safety of student athletes, drawing special attention to the Athletes Bill of Rights created by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Many youth in Delaware participate in athletics. Participation in athletics by youth promotes continued participation in school and excellence in academics. Therefore, it is important to protect these student athletes while they participate in these extracurricular activities.RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STUDENT ATHLETES.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 34CommitteeSchwartzkopf This Act amends the Charter of the City of Rehoboth Beach to make Sections 3 through 7 gender-neutral, to provide travel reimbursement at the Internal Revenue Service rate rather than the Sussex County Sheriff’s rate, to reduce the ownership requirement for non-resident freeholders for voter eligibility from six months to thirty days, to make the City’s process to purge individuals from the Books of Registered Voters consistent with the State’s process at 15 Del. C §1704(g), to allow for voter registration up to thirty days prior to the Annual Municipal Election, to amend the definition of real property to include condominiums created under the Delaware Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, to reduce the durational residency requirement for voter eligibility from six months to thirty days, to define “domicile,” and to clarify that all voting provisions in the City Charter (including annual municipal elections, annexation elections and borrowing and bond issuance elections) shall be construed in accordance with the principle of “one person, one vote,” and removes any form of artificial entity voting from annexation elections and borrowing and bond issuance elections.AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF REHOBOTH BEACH RELATING TO MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND VOTING.
HB 40CommitteeLonghurstThis bill: (1) increases the number of directors on the Board and allows the Board to appoint four additional directors; (2) implements clarifying language; (3) sunsets the former Advisory Council to replace it with a subcommittee structure to allow greater participation from members of the public and to allow the Corporation to appoint and receive assistance and expertise from a greater variety of experts; and (4) allows the Board of Directors to amend the Certificate of Incorporation with approval from the General Assembly.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE FORT DUPONT REDEVELOPMENT AND PRESERVATION CORPORATION.
SCR 4PassedBrownThis Senate Concurrent Resolution honors and recognizes the leadership and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and urges all citizens of the First State to participate fittingly in the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21, 2019.HONORING THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON THE OCCASION OF "DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY".
SS 1 for SB 9SignedSokolaThis Act amends the Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 Bond and Capital Improvements Acts to (1) authorize the Department of Transportation to use Community Transportation Funds for one-time reimbursements for various projects; (2) allow the transfer of funds between capital projects for the Appoquinimink School District; (3) authorize a transfer of funds from the Office of Management and Budget for other listed projects; (4) revise the fund amount for the Garashes L Project and expand the use of funds for road projects at the Wilmington Riverfront Sports Project; (5) authorize funding from the Delaware Strategic Fund when interest earnings are not available for the New Castle County and Middletown Chamber of Commerce’s business incubators; (6) authorize the Delaware National Guard to use appropriated funds for the 198th Readiness Center Facilities and Georgetown Readiness Center; and (7) authorize the conveyance of property between the Appoquinimink School District and the Town of Middletown. AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWS OF DELAWARE RELATING TO BOND AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ACTS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE AND CERTAIN OF THEIR AUTHORITIES FOR THE FISCAL YEARS ENDING JUNE 30, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2019.
HA 1 to HB 3PassedLonghurstThis amendment clarifies that the total amount of the loan guarantee for a temporary loan program for Federal employees may not exceed $80,000. 
HA 1 to HB 2PassedSchwartzkopfThis amendment makes clear that a landlord may only evict a Federal worker for nonpayment with an order of a court. 

Senate Committee Assignments

Committee
Elections, Govt. & Community Affairs
Energy
Environmental & Natural Resources
Transportation

House Committee Assignments

Committee
Administration

Senate Committee Report

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House Committee Report

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Senate Defeated Legislation

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House Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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