Daily Report for 6/12/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HR 12PassedK. WilliamsThis House Resolution requests the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (“DVCC”) to examine the expansion of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence advocacy and legal services to minors. The DVCC may study the issue with assistance from various organizations outlined in the Resolution to provide recommendations to the General Assembly by May 31, 2020.REQUESTING THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO EXAMINE THE EXPANSION OF ADVOCACY AND LEGAL RESOURCES FOR MINORS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF TEEN DATING AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.
HR 11PassedMitchellThis House Resolution requests each school district and charter school to release in a timely fashion a list containing the names and addresses of all graduating high school seniors to the Department of Education. The Department of Education is requested to assist the Delaware House of Representatives by compiling the lists of graduates into a single report by no later than July 1 of each year.REQUESTING THE RELEASE OF LISTS OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
HCR 50PassedCarsonThis joint resolution is designed to establish a task force to study and make findings concerning the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO HELP WITH THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS FOR THE DELAWARE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE.
HA 2 to HB 163PassedCarsonThis Amendment clarifies that only applicants applying for volunteer membership in a Delaware volunteer EMS company are exempt from paying the cost of a background check done by the State of Delaware Bureau of Identification. 
HB 215CommitteeGriffithThis act states that advocates for victims of domestic violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, abuse by a caregiver, human trafficking, or stalking may not disclose any communication made by a victim to the advocate without express written consent of the victim.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EVIDENCE AND WITNESSES.
HA 1 to HB 144PWBLynnThis amendment removes healthcare providers and other health care employees from the list of persons who if assaulted, aggravates the crime to the violent felony of Assault in the second degree. 
SS 1 for SB 128 w/ SA 1SignedWalshThis Act expands the collection procedures available to the Division of Unemployment Insurance to more closely match the collection procedures currently available to the Division of Revenue providing the Division of Unemployment Insurance with streamlined procedures to allow it to more quickly and easily execute on judgments for unpaid unemployment insurance tax assessments. These procedures include obtaining warrants for the levy and sale of property; extending liens; garnishments of wages, bank accounts, and other property; and denying or suspending professional licenses of judgment debtors. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. This Substitute differs from Senate Bill No. 128 as follows: 1. Provides authority for appeals tribunals to hear protests under § 3368 of Title 19 and hearings under § 3369 of Title 19. 2. Aligns the length of a lien of a judgment under Chapter 33 of Title 19 with the length of a lien of judgment obtained by the Division of Revenue. 3. Removes debts owed due to overpayments from garnishment. 4. Makes clarifications and technical corrections.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.
SA 1 to SB 107PassedBrownThis amendment makes a previous section of the Delaware Code consistent with the intent of the Bill.  

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 24 w/ HA 1SignedBennettThis Act would prohibit insurers and pharmacy benefit managers from engaging in the practice of "clawbacks". When the total cost of a prescription drug to an insurer or pharmacy benefits manager is less than a patient's co-pay, the insurer or pharmacy benefits manager keeps the difference in a practice known as a "clawback". According to a March 2018 report issued by the University of Southern California's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics based on the Center’s analysis of 2013 data from a large commercial insurer combined with data on national average drug reimbursements, almost 25% of filled pharmacy prescriptions involved a patient co-payment that exceeded the average reimbursement paid by the insurer by more than $2.00. The report further noted that overpayments were more likely to occur on claims for generic drugs than brand drugs and that the total overpayments in the Center’s sample amounted to $135 million.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COPAYMENT OR COINSURANCE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
HB 81SignedBentzThis Bill clarifies language allowing for the direct deposit of child support owed and collected by employers from individuals under a support order from the Family Court. In addition, this Bill requires employers who have 50 or more employees to send payments to the Division of Child Support Services by electronic funds transfer and allows employers with less than 50 employees to do the same. Finally, the bill requires payments made via electronic transfer to be made before or at the time the employee is paid.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT.
SB 61 w/ HA 1SignedHansenState economic development officials pursue economic development opportunities that, if realized, would have significant impact on Delaware's future economic health and competitiveness. Such situations frequently require expeditious action and the need to enhance Delaware's transportation infrastructure on a timeline and schedule that is outside the 6 year Capital Transportation Program. To meet these challenges, this Act establishes the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund to provide economic assistance for renovation, construction, or any other type of improvements to roads and related transportation infrastructure in order to attract new businesses to Delaware, or for the expansion of existing Delaware businesses, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality, full-time jobs. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
SB 73 w/ SA 1SignedMcBrideDaylight saving time has existed in one form or another for over 100 years. In that time, Delawareans have become accustomed to the 8 months of daylight saving time each year. This Act provides for Delaware to permanently remain on daylight saving time. This Act achieves this by doing the following: (1) Requiring, in Section 4 of this Act, that the Governor request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place Delaware in the Atlantic standard time zone if Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland each enact a law requesting the Secretary to place their respective state in the Atlantic standard time zone. The Secretary is authorized under 15 U.S.C. § 261 to define the limits of each time zone and thus may place Delaware in the Atlantic standard time zone. (2) Exercising, in Section 2 of this Act, the discretion granted to Delaware under 15 U.S.C. § 260a to exclude itself from daylight saving time. Section 5 of this Act makes clear that this exclusion takes effect on the first Sunday in November once the United States Secretary of Transportation places Delaware in the Atlantic standard time zone. This results in Delaware permanently remaining 1 hour ahead of eastern standard time.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 1 AND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE STANDARD TIME FOR THIS STATE.
SB 78SignedPooreThis Act requires that the health education programs presented by the Department of Education include instruction on what it means to "consent" in the context of a sexual encounter.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CONSENT EDUCATION.
SB 97SignedEnnisThis Act ratifies the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact, 34 U.S.C. §40316 (formerly cited as 42 U.S.C. § 14616), a requirement that allows Delaware to join the Compact as a Party State. The Compact serves as the infrastructure by which states can exchange criminal records for noncriminal justice purposes according to the laws of the requesting state and provide reciprocity among the states to share records without charging each other for the information.AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 85, TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION AND PRIVACY COMPACT.
SB 123 w/ SA 2CommitteeMcBrideIt is an unfortunate reality that many offenders have difficulty re-entering society. Without the ability to provide for themselves and their families through gainful employment, 67.8% of released prisoners are rearrested within three years of release nationally. One of the reasons that offenders have difficulty is because they often face the unrealistic requirement to pay off large fees and fines, which grow with interest if not paid, at the same time as they have to pay for housing, food, care for children, or other necessities of life. Failure to pay can result in the offender found to be in violation while on probation or being denied a pardon. Furthermore, most offenders tend to be non-affluent, and the state spends resources chasing fines and fees it will not recover. Unlike motor vehicle fines under Title 21, which generate large sums of revenue, fees and fines under Title 11 and 16 are modest and collection costs are high. The social costs in terms of impacting rehabilitation and successful re-entry are even higher. To address this problem and to give the Department of Correction a positive incentive to reward participation in work programs in its facilities or in the community, this Act authorizes the Department of Correction to give minimum wage to inmates to pay off fees or fines by participating in an earned credit program established by the Department of Correction. The court would establish how many hours need to be worked in order to discharge this financial obligation by computing the hours based on the then prevailing state minimum wage hourly rate. The Department of Correction will establish an earned credit program and certify to the court when the individual has completed the required number of hours. The earned credit program cannot be used to discharge other financial obligations owed, such as restitution, child support obligations, or bail.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FINES, COSTS, PENALTIES, AND FORFEITURES.
SB 142SignedMcBrideThis Act prohibits a new adult entertainment establishment or adult-oriented retail establishment from operating in a building in which an adult entertainment establishment or adult-oriented retail establishment previously operated. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ADULT ESTABLISHMENTS.
HCR 48PassedLonghurstThis House Concurrent Resolution recognizes June 15, 2019, as “Delaware Elder Abuse Awareness Day” and encourages all of Delaware’s citizens to learn about how to protect and nurture our elderly citizens.RECOGNIZING JUNE 15, 2019, AS “DELAWARE ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY”.
SA 1 to SB 73PassedMcBrideThis Amendment adds New York to the list of states required to enact a law similar to this Act before this Act takes effect. 
SA 2 to SB 123PassedBrownWhen defendants are late paying their fines, the courts’ clerks must forward the defendant’s name to the Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles for license suspension. This Amendment prohibits a court or the Department of Transportation from suspending a driver’s license for nonpayment of a fine, fee, cost, or assessment and from charging a penalty, assessment, or fee to a defendant for the cancellation of a warrant issued due to the defendant’s nonpayment of a fine, fee, cost, or assessment. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 42PassedHansenThis Senate Concurrent Resolution recognizes the month of May 2019 as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the State of Delaware. PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF MAY 2019 AS “MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 44PassedSturgeonThis Concurrent Resolution designates the week of May 19, 2019, as “Migratory Shorebird Conservation Week” in the State of Delaware.DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF MAY 19, 2019, AS “MIGRATORY SHOREBIRD CONSERVATION WEEK” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 52PassedHansenThis Concurrent Resolution designates May 2019 as “ALS Awareness Month” in Delaware.DESIGNATING MAY 2019 AS “ALS AWARENESS MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Senate Committee Assignments

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House Committee Assignments

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Administration
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Health & Human Development
Judiciary
Labor
Natural Resources
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

Senate Committee Report

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Banking, Business & Insurance
Corrections & Public Safety
Education
Elections, Govt. & Community Affairs
Finance
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Labor
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Transportation

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Agriculture
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Education
Gaming & Parimutuels
Health & Human Development
Housing & Community Affairs
Judiciary
Labor
Natural Resources
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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