Daily Report for 3/28/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HCR 22PassedMatthewsThis concurrent resolution designates April 3, 2019, as Engineering and Technology Education Day.DESIGNATING APRIL 3, 2019 AS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION DAY IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HB 99CommitteeSchwartzkopfThis bill provides that for correction officers and specified peace officers, the amount of ordinary service or disability pension benefits given to state employees shall also include the following:  (1) Before July 1, 2019, 2.45% of his or her final average compensation multiplied by years of service above 25 years; (2) After July 1, 2019,  2.5% of his or her final average compensation multiplied by the number of years of service for up to 20 years, plus 3.5% of his or her final average compensation multiplied by the number of years of service above 20 years. The increased multipliers that take effect after July 1, 2019 reflect increased costs, reduced benefits, and the need to recruit and retain qualified and competent correction officers and specified peace officers with a modernized pension benefit. In addition, this bill amends the employee contribution for all correction officers and specified peace officers to a uniform 7%. Specified peace officers means (1) Probation and parole officers employed by the Department of Correction; (2) Capitol Police officers; (3) Department of Natural Resources police officers; (4) University of Delaware Police; (5) State Fire Marshal officers; (6) Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agents; (7) Justice of the Peace Court constables; and (8) Probation and parole officers in the Serious Juvenile Offender Unit and senior probation officers employed by the Division of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE STATE EMPLOYEES' PENSION PLAN.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HJR 2SignedLynnThis Joint Resolution recognizes the many contributions of Hattie Bernice Dabney Mishoe, the "First Lady" of Delaware State University, and encourages the University to name a building on campus after her.RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF HATTIE BERNICE DABNEY MISHOE, THE "FIRST LADY" OF DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY.
SB 53SignedDelcolloDiwali is a 5-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. The dates for Diwali change each year, but it usually falls in October or November. Fireworks are an essential component of Diwali and the third day of Diwali is the height of the festival. In recognition of the many Indo-Americans living in Delaware, this Act permits the sale and possession of sparklers and ground-based sparkling devices during a 30-day period before and including the third day of Diwali and the use of these items on the third day of Diwali. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO SELLING OR POSSESSING FIREWORKS.
SB 54SignedEnnisThis Bill codifies Delaware’s compatibility with certain sections of the Federal Code of Regulations related to weight of vehicles and loads and commercial vehicle safety. Delaware enforces violations contained in the Code of Federal Regulations Parts 374, 385, and 386 and wishes to formally adopt those parts and any subsequent amendments thereto.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SIZE AND WEIGHT OF VEHICLES AND LOADS AND MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY - RESPONSIBILITY.
SB 58Out of CommitteeSturgeonThis Act requires that accumulated snow and ice be removed from services of a vehicle before it is operated and imposes a civil penalty for a violation. This Act also creates a civil penalty for each instance where snow or ice dislodges from a moving vehicle and causes property damage or personal injury but this penalty is not an exclusive remedy for property damage or personal injury.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF ICE AND SNOW FROM MOVING VEHICLES.
HCR 21PassedLonghurstThis resolution celebrates Delaware's observance of the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for women’s suffrage. It further calls on the Delaware Heritage Commission to organize meaningful events and exhibits to honor the 100th anniversary and establish a subcommittee to plan a parade commemorating the occasion.RECOGNIZING THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 18SignedMcDowellThis bill makes minor changes and technical corrections to the Public Service Commission’s (“PSC”) authority regarding motor vehicle assessments, cable and telephone regulation, and electric supplier reporting. PSC authority over cable and telephone public utilities has been changed by recent decisions by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and legislation enacted in Delaware. This bill changes statutory requirements for PSC regulated cable and telephone public utilities to remove requirements that are no longer consistent with FCC decisions. This bill also reduces regulatory burden on motor vehicle dealers and electric suppliers by removing unnecessary administrative requirements and reporting. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 AND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE REGULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE DEALERS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES.
HB 56PassedHensleyThis act names the Delaware portion of U.S. Route 301 between Route 1 and the Delaware Maryland State line as First Responders Memorial Highway.AN ACT DESIGNATING AND NAMING THE PORTION OF U.S. ROUTE 301 COMMENCING AT DELAWARE ROUTE 1 AND TERMINATING AT THE DELAWARE MARYLAND STATE LINE AS FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY.
HB 57 w/ HA 1SignedShupeThis act designates rescue dogs as the official state dog.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF A STATE DOG.
HB 68 w/ HA 1SignedKowalkoThis Act extends the Automatic Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education through December 31, 2024. The Automatic Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education were established by 3 different Acts which each sunset after 2 years, based upon the effective date of each Act. The sunset periods have been extended for additional 2 year periods so that the Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education sunsets in September 2019; § 5062C and § 5062D of Title 10 sunset in January 2020; and § 5062A of Title 10 sunset in January 2019. In addition to providing a uniform date for the expiration of the entire Automatic Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education, this Act makes the expiration date a new subsection of each statute, so that the effective period of the law is clear and easily identified.AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 27, VOLUME 79 AND CHAPTER 74, VOLUME 81 OF THE LAWS OF DELAWARE AND TITLE 10 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FORECLOSURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SCR 14PassedWilsonThis resolution designates April 6, 2019 as "National Tartan Day" and commemorates the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. When the United States was first formed and the thirteen states selected their first governors, nine were of Scottish ancestry. All the members of the first American cabinet had Scottish ancestry. Delaware's first governor, John McKinly, was born in Northern Ireland of Scottish descent. Americans of Scottish descent have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of this country. However, not until 1997 was this influence recognized by a single-year U.S. Senate Resolution that appeared in the Congressional Record of April 7, 1997. In 1998 National Tartan Day was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155 recognizing April 6th as National Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2005. President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation on April 4, 2008 making April 6 National Tartan Day. In April of 2008, then Governor Minner issued a statement celebrating the accomplishments of Scots-Irish Americans in the First State as part of a Scots/Scots-Irish Heritage Month. April 6 commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was a significant influence on the American Declaration of Independence. Canada has been celebrating "National Tartan Day" since 1993. The idea and motivation for creating a similar American holiday was provided by the Scottish Coalition, a group of national Scottish-American cultural organizations. COMMEMORATING THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY SCOTTISH-AMERICANS TO THE UNITED STATES BY PROCLAIMING APRIL 6, 2019 AS NATIONAL TARTAN DAY.
SCR 19PassedDelcolloThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 29, 2019 as "National Vietnam War Veterans Day" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING MARCH 29, 2019 AS "NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY” IN DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 68PassedKowalkoThis Amendment corrects the original effective dates and related provisions. 
HA 1 to HB 57PassedShupeThis amendment sunsets the Act in one year. 
SCR 31PassedPooreThis resolution recognizes March 28, 2019 as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.RECOGNIZING MARCH 28, 2019 AS CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS DAY.

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