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147th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 241 w/SA 2, SA 3

Primary Sponsor: Marshall Additional Sponsor(s):    & Sen. Hall-Long & Rep. Mitchell & Rep. Barbieri
CoSponsors: Sens. Blevins, Bushweller, Henry, Lavelle, McBride, Pettyjohn, Simpson, Townsend; Reps. Baumbach, Blakey, Bolden, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Dukes, Gray, Hudson, Jaques, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Kenton, Longhurst, Miro, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Peterman, Potter, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Scott, B. Short, D. Short, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Walker, D.E. Williams, Wilson
Introduced on : 06/05/2014
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 10, 11, 13, 16, 21, 23, AND 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER AND THE DIVISION OF FORENSIC SCIENCE.
Synopsis of Orginal Bill:
(without Amendments)
This Act reorganizes the provision of many forensic sciences into a new Division of Forensic Science organized within the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The proposed new Division of Forensic Science would consist of the operations previously organized in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner within the Department of Health and Social Services.

Section 1 of the Act reorganizes the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as the Division of Forensic Science. The Division shall be led by the Director of the Division of Forensic Science, who shall appoint the Chief Medical Examiner and assistant medical examiners and other personnel in the Division. The Director and the Chief Medical Examiner shall be subject to the same personnel policies as other division directors in the department. Employees of the Division must seek prior written approval of the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to maintain employment outside of the Division.

Section 1 further creates the Commission on Forensic Science, which shall provide oversight and supervision for the Division.

Sections 2 through 5 strike provisions relating to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from the chapter governing the Department of Health and Social Services, including certain employment provisions applicable to the Chief Medical Examiner.

Sections 6 through 8 create the Division of Forensic Science within the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Sections 9 through 18 make conforming changes to other titles of the Delaware Code to reflect the new organization of the Division of Forensic Science, including working with the courts and law enforcement (sections 9, 10 and 11), participation on the Criminal Justice Council (section 12), providing fatal incident reviews to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (section 13), investigation of deaths (sections 14 and 15), and operating a vehicle or vessel under the influence (sections 16 through 18).

Section 19 provides that the Commission on Forensic Science shall study whether any forensic sciences should be consolidated with the Division of Forensic Science, and whether death investigations should occur outside the Division, and requires the Commission to report to the Governor and General Assembly by January 31, 2015. Sections 20 and 21 provide that the Act shall take effect July 1, 2014 or ten days following its enactment, whichever is later, and that provision of the Act are intended to be severable.
Current Status: Signed   On   06/24/2014
Volume Chapter79:265
Date Governor acted:06/24/2014
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:Not Required
Amendments: SA 1 to SB 241 - Stricken
SA 2 to SB 241 - Passed
SA 3 to SB 241 - Passed
Committee Reports:
Senate Committee report 06/11/14 F=0 M=6 U=0----->Committee Report
House Committee Report 06/24/14 F=0 M=7 U=0---->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
Senate vote: () Passed 6/19/2014 3:56:02 PM------->Voting Record
House vote: () Passed 6/24/2014 6:16:58 PM------->Voting Record
Engrossed Version:
Engrossment------->Engrossment
Actions History:
Jun 24, 2014 - Signed by Governor
Jun 24, 2014 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 35 YES 4 NO 2 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 24, 2014 - Necessary rules are suspended in House
Jun 24, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT) in House with 7 On Its Merits
Jun 20, 2014 - Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House
Jun 19, 2014 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 18 YES 2 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment SA 3 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment SA 3 - Introduced in Senate
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment SA 2 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 17 YES 3 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment SA 2 - Introduced in Senate
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment SA 1 - Stricken
Jun 18, 2014 - Amendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
Jun 11, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
Jun 05, 2014 - Assigned to Health & Social Services Committee in Senate
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