Sen. Blevins

Sens. McBride, Henry












BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 147th General Assembly that the following Rules of the Senate be and they hereby are adopted as Rules for the governing of the present session, until further action of the Senate:


†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1.†††††††††††† Calling of the Senate to Order.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.†††††††††††† Prayer.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.†††††††††††† Salute to Flag.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4.†††††††††††† Roll Call.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5.†††††††††††† Reading of Journal.

6.†††††††††††††† Presentation of petitions, memorials or communications.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7.†††††††††††† Reports from Standing and Special Committees.

8.†††††††††††††† Reporting by the Secretary of prior filed bills, resolutions and citations.

9.†††††††††††††† Introductions of all other bills and resolutions by members.

10.††††††††††† Agenda for the day.

11.††††††††††† Miscellaneous business.


††††††† Unless otherwise ordered by a majority of its members, the Senate will convene Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 2:00 p.m.All proceedings of the Senate shall be public.


(a)     Every member shall be in their place at the time to which the Senate stands recessed.

(b)     No Senator shall absent themselves from the service of the Senate without notifying the President Pro Tem.


††††††† Each legislative day and before the Senate proceeds to the consideration of any business, the Secretary shall call the names of the members in alphabetical order, and shall then read the Journal of the preceding legislative day, which shall be approved or corrected by order of the Senate.The Secretary shall post the results of each roll call after the conclusion of the Legislative Dayin which the roll call was taken.


††††††† The proceedings of the Senate shall be briefly and accurately stated on the Journal; messages to the Governor in full; the titles of all bills and resolutions; every motion with the name of the member making the same, except motions for adjournment; the names of the members voting on all roll calls.


††††††† (a)After the Journal is read, the Presiding Officer shall lay before the Senate communications or messages from the Governor, reports and communications from Departments or State Boards, and other communications addressed to the Senate, and such bills, joint resolutions and other messages from the House of Representatives as may be upon the presiding officerís table, undisposed of.

††††††† (b)When petitions, memorials and other papers addressed to the Senate are presented by the President, or a member, the contents thereof shall be briefly stated.

††††††† (c)Messages from the Governor or from the House of Representatives may be received at any stage of proceedings with the concurrence of the Presiding Officer, except while the Journal is being read, while a question of order or a motion to adjourn is pending, or while a bill is on the floor.

††††††† (d)When a message is brought to the Senate by the Governor or the Governorísmessenger, or by a member of the House of Representatives, or any officer thereof, the members of the Senate shall rise upon their feet, if so directed by the Presiding Officer.


††††††† Messages shall be delivered to the House of Representatives by the Secretary, or by a Senator or other officer of the Senate directed by the Presiding Officer.The Secretary shall certify previous to delivery the determination of the Senate upon all bills, joint resolutions, and other resolutions which may be communicated to the House, or in which its concurrence may be requested; and the Secretary shall also certify and deliver to the Governor all resolutions and other communications which may be directed to the Secretary by the Senate.


††††††† (a)No bill or resolution shall be received by the Senate unless it be prefaced by a brief statement of the purpose of the bill or resolution, which shall be known as the title, and shall also contain the text of the bill or resolution in full.The original of all bills and resolutions shall be printed or stenciled on permanent rag content bond paper, be properly backed, contain no erasures or interlineations and shall be produced in such a manner as shall be approved by the State Archivist and Director of Legislative Council.At the end of each bill, Joint Resolution or amendments there shall be placed the name of the author and/or Department who was responsible for writing same and a brief synopsis of the intent of the bill.In the lower left hand corner of page one there shall be the initials of the unit preparing the bill or resolution, the initials of the author and the typist, and, if prepared by automatic equipment, the identification number.Each bill or resolution shall have an appropriate enacting or resolving clause.The first name listed after the word "sponsor" on the first page of a bill or resolution shall be the "prime" sponsor.Once a bill or resolution has been pre-filed or introduced, the addition or deletion of a sponsor shall not cause the bill to be reprinted.The change in sponsorship shall be noted in the calendar, on the jacket of the original bill and on the first page of the original bill.

††††††† (b)Every bill or resolution introduced in the Senate which establishes and/or creates a committee, commission, task force or similar body, either for a specified period of time or on a permanent statutory basis shall require that the following functional details be incorporated in the bill and/or resolution, if necessary; provided, however, the requirements of subparagraph (4) in drafting legislation affecting the Delaware Code need not be made a part of the Code.

†††† (1)The date on which the report is due;

†††† (2)to whom the report is to be presented;

†††† (3)the appointing authority or authorities;

†††††††††††††††††††† (4)the designation of a temporary chairperson to enable the committee to commence its duties.

††††††† (c)Every bill and resolution to which the concurrence of both Houses of the General Assembly may be necessary, shall be introduced with one original and one backed copy.The original shall at all times remain in the custody of the Chairman of the Committee to which it was referred, or of the Secretary of the Senate; and one backed copy shall be delivered to the Legislative Council.In addition, every Senator shall be provided with an unbacked copy of the text of the bill or resolution.

††††††† (d)The master used to produce the bill or resolution together with a minimum 160 true copies of the bill or resolution, shall be made available to the Legislative Council immediately after the introduction of a bill.

††††††† (e)All bills for the amendment of any statutes contained in the Delaware Code of 1974 shall be made with reference to the statutes or parts of statutes contained in said Code, and shall conform to the arrangement of said Code.


††††††† (a)Unless the bill or joint resolution has been placed upon a President Pro Tem's pre-filed list, every bill and joint resolution when introduced shall be read one time by title only, after which it shall be assigned to the proper committee.

††††††† (b)No bill or joint resolution shall be considered on the same day it is reported out of committee, or in the absence of the prime sponsor who introduced it, unless by his or her written consent.After any bill has reached its order of preference on the agenda, it may be deferred twice to the end of the agenda.After it has been deferred twice it must be considered when its order of preference is next reached or removed to the ready list by the Secretary of the Senate.In the event of such removal, no bill shall again be placed on the agenda for the same or the next legislative day.

††††††† (c)When considered, each bill or resolution shall be given its final reading by title only unless any member requests a reading in full.

††††††† (d)An agenda of bills to be considered on the succeeding legislative day shall be kept by the Secretary of the Senate; and announced at the end of each calendar day; and published each day and a copy thereof distributed to each member, and any bill placed upon the agenda by the prime sponsor of a Senate Bill or floor manager of a House Bill, without otherwise limiting the right of any member to put a bill upon its passage, stand in the same order of preference for consideration by the Senate unless otherwise ordered by it.

††††††† (e)Every bill or resolution shall be introduced by a member or group of members or by order of the Senate or by report of a committee.Introduction may be by either of two methods:

A.Filing of Bills and Resolutions with the Secretary of the Senate.

†††† (1)A bill or resolution may be introduced by being filed with the Secretary of the Senate at any time while the General Assembly is meeting.

†††† (2)A bill or resolution that is presented to the Secretary of the Senate while the Senate stands in recess, in adjournment, or is not otherwise meeting, may be given a number, entered upon a docket kept for that purpose.

†††† (3)As soon as may be practicable following the filing of a bill or resolution with the Secretary, unless the bill or resolution was placed upon a President Pro Tem's pre-filed list, the Reading Clerk shall read the bill or resolution number and title of all bills filed with the Secretary and entered upon the docket prior to the convening of the Senate which have not been previously read.

†††† (4)Such reading of the bill or resolution by the Reading Clerk shall constitute the first reading of such bill or resolution.

†††† (5)Upon such first reading, or upon placement upon the President Pro Tem's pre-filed list, copies of the bill, ††††††††††††††† amendments or resolutions shall be distributed as provided in Rule 8.

B.Other Methods of Introduction.

(1)A bill or resolution may also be introduced from the floor while the Senate is in session.

C. President Pro Tem's pre-filed list.

(1) A bill or resolution filed with the Secretary may, in the discretion of the President Pro Tem, be placed upon the "President Pro Tem's pre-filed list" and the bill or resolution shall at such time be assigned to a Committee by the President Pro Tem.Copies of the President Pro Tem's pre-filed list shall be distributed to members prior to its reading by the Reading Clerk.The President Pro Tem's pre-filed list shall be read as soon as practicable by the Reading Clerk.

††††††† (f)No bill that has been tabled, shall be lifted from the table for further consideration until such bill is first placed upon the agenda, unless such bill is lifted for further consideration on the same legislative day the bill was tabled.

††††††† (g)No Senate Bill returning from the House shall be acted on by the Senate unless the bill is first placed on the agenda.


††††††† (a)All motions shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the Presiding Officer or by any Senator, and shall be read before the same shall be debated.

††††††† (b)Any motion or resolution may be withdrawn or modified by the mover at any time before a decision, amendment or ordering of the yeas and nays.

††††††† (c)A motion shall be in order at any time to amend or substitute a title to any bill or resolution only in order to correct typographical errors.

††††††† (d)When a question is pending, no motions shall be received but:

††††††††††††††††††††††† To adjourn;

††††††††††††††††††††††† To adjourn to a certain day.

††††††††††††††††††††††† To take a recess;

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To proceed to the consideration of executive business;

†††† To lay on the table;

†††† To postpone indefinitely;

†††† To postpone to a certain day;

†††† To commit;

†††† To amend.

††††††† Which several motions shall have precedence as they stand arranged; and the motion to adjourn, to take recess, to proceed to the consideration of executive business, to lay on the table, shall be decided without debate.


†† Every bill, amendment, joint resolution, concurrent resolution, or simple resolution shall be decided by a roll call vote and shall require a majority vote of all members elected to the Senate for adoption.The names of the Senators shall be called alphabetically and each Senator shall without debate answer "Yes" or "No" or "Not Voting"; and no Senator shall be permitted to vote after the roll call shall have been announced by the Secretary, but may change their vote prior to said announcement.No Senator shall be granted privilege of the floor from the time the Secretary has announced the roll call to the time the roll call is declared by the presiding officer of the Senate. Tabling of roll calls is prohibited.


Any motion for reconsideration must be made by a member of the prevailing side within three (3) legislative days of the original action.When a motion for reconsideration is granted, there can be no further consideration until the sponsor or floor manager rescinds the roll call and takes appropriate action.


††††††††† When a bill, resolution, report, amendment, order, or message, upon which a vote has been taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate and been communicated to the House of Representatives, or to the Governor, the motion to reconsider shall be accompanied by a motion to request the House or Governor to return the same; which last motion shall be acted upon immediately, and without debate, and if determined in the negative shall be a final disposition of the motion to reconsider.


†††††††††† A question of order may be raised at any stage of the proceedings, and, unless submitted to the Senate, shall be decided by the Presiding Officer without debate, subject to an appeal to the Senate.When an appeal is taken, any subsequent question of order which may arise before the decision of such appeal shall be decided by the Presiding Officer without debate; and any appeal may be laid on the table without prejudice to the pending proposition, and thereupon shall be held as affirming the decision of the Presiding Officer.The Presiding Officer may submit any question of order for the decision of the Senate.


††††††††††††††††††††† Any subject may, without objection by any member elected to the Senate, be made a special order; and when the time so fixed for its consideration arrives, the Presiding Officer shall lay it before the Senate.


†††††††††† Upon written request signed by the majority of the members elected to the Senate and directed to the Presiding Officer, any bill, joint resolution or other business that has been in a committee for a period exceeding twelve (12) legislative days, except those assigned to the Bond or Finance Committees, shall be reported to the Senate.


†††††††††† (a)When a Senator desires to speak, the Senator shall rise and address the Presiding Officer, and shall not proceed until recognized, and the Presiding Officer shall recognize the Senator who shall first address him or her.

††††††††††† (b)No Senator shall interrupt another in debate without his or her consent, and to obtain such consent the Senator shall first address the Presiding Officer; and no Senator shall speak more than three times upon any one question in debate on the same day without leave of the Senate which shall be determined without debate.

(c)No Senator in debate shall, directly, or indirectly by any form of words, impute to any Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

(d)If any Senator, in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules of the Senate, the Presiding Officer shall, or any Senator may, call the Senator to order; and when a Senator shall be called to order, the Senator shall sit down and not proceed without leave of the Senate, which, if granted, shall be upon motion that the Senator be allowed to proceed in order, which motion shall be determined without debate.

††††††† (e)If any person who is not a member of the Senate shall be granted the privilege of the floor for the purpose of addressing the Senate, such person and the Senate members shall then accord each other the same courtesies and respect that is required among members of the Senate.

††††††††† (f)Any person in the chamber and/or balcony who is not a member of the Senate and who refuses to salute the American flag at the time such ceremony occurs shall leave the chamber and/or balcony.


††††††† The President Pro Tempore shall appoint all committees; however, the President Pro Tempore, on at the Pro Temís own initiative or upon order of the Senate, may appoint special or select committees.


†††† The following standing committees shall be appointed, to whom business appropriate to them shall be referred:

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Administrative Services and Elections

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Adult and Juvenile Corrections

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Agriculture

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Banking

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bond Bill

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Children, Youth and Their Families

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Community/County Affairs

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Education

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Energy and Transit

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ethics

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Executive

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Finance

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Health and Social Services/Aging

Highways and Transportation



Labor and Industrial Relations

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Permanent Rules

Public Safety

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Revenue and Taxation

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Small Business


Veterans Affairs


††††††† (a)Each bill, resolution or other legislative matter assigned to a standing committee shall pass through deliberative process before being brought to the floor of the Senate.Such deliberative process shall include pre-announced meetings whereby the committee receives testimony from the general public, including those affected by the proposed legislation; considers an analysis of the proposed legislation; and by notice to the sponsor, makes time available for each formal sponsor to explain the legislation and answer possible committee questions.All bills and resolutions shall be acted upon by the appropriate committee within twelve (12) legislative days after being assigned to that committee.All bills and resolutions not acted upon by the appropriate committee twelve (12) legislative days after being assigned to that committee can be petitioned out of committee pursuant to Rule 16.††

†††† (b)Regular standing committee meetings may be held every Wednesday, while the Senate is in session, between the hours of noon and 3 P.M.The scheduling of the regular meetings shall be coordinated with the Secretary of the Senate.The Chairman of a standing committee may call other meetings as deemed necessary.

†††† (c)At least five calendar days before a meeting each standing committee shall release a Committee Agenda which shall include, among other things, all matters to be considered by the committee at its next meeting and any other announcements from the committee including the times, places and dates of future meetings.Nominations may be exempted from the 5 calendar day notice requirement.

†††††††††††††††††††† (d)Minutes shall be taken at each formal standing committee meeting, and the results of any committee votes shall be recorded.Committee members who dissent from any committee decision shall be permitted, in the minutes, to state such dissent and the reasons therefore.

†††† (e)A quorum does not have to be present to constitute a committee meeting.Committee members unable to attend pre‑announced meetings may subsequently affix their signatures to legislation considered at such meetings.

††††††††††††††† (f)Nothing in this rule shall preclude the option of a committee chairman to cancel a regular or special meeting or call additional meetings when necessary.

(g)     All committee meetings shall be scheduled in a space large enough to accommodate everyone reasonably anticipated to attend.If there are more attempting to attend a committee meeting than there is room for, the Chair shall move the meeting to a different space which is large enough to accommodate those wishing to attend.

(h)     No committee chair shall decline to release a bill that receives a favorable vote by a majority of the members of the committee.


†††††††††† Any contest for a seat in this body shall be referred to the Leadership.


†††††††††† The officers, attaches and employees of the Senate shall be under the supervision of the Leadership in the performance of the duties of their respective offices.


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (a)No person who is not a member of the Senate shall be granted the privilege of the floor, or be seated, stand or allowed to proceed in that area in front of the rear line of the last row of members' seats from the rostrum, to the left of the right line of the farthest right row of members' seats, as facing the rostrum and to the right of the left line of the farthest left row of members' seats as facing the rostrum, while the Senate is in session except:

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Governor of the State

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Secretary of the State

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ex-Governors of the State

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ex-Lieutenant Governors of the State

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ex-Members of the General Assembly

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Members of the Congress of the United States

†††††††††††††††††††††† Ex‑Members of the Congress of the United States

††††††††††††† Members of the House of Representatives of the State

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attorneys, Officers and Employees of the Senate

Attorneys, Officers and Employees of the House of Representatives of the State

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The staff of Legislative Council

(b)Notwithstanding anything contained in subsection (a) of this Rule, any other person or persons may be granted the privilege of the floor, or of being seated or to stand in front of the rear line of the last row of member seats aforesaid, by and with the consent of this body.


†††††††††† Any rules of the Senate may be changed or suspended by approval of a majority of all members elected to the Senate.


†††††††††† All questions of parliamentary procedure not covered or provided for by the Rules of the Senate or the Constitution of the State of Delaware shall be decided in accordance with Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure.


†††† Members of the press, with permission of the President Pro Tempore, may use personal recording devices in the Senate Chamber during live session of that body.


†††† Any member of the State Senate who takes an out‑of‑state trip on official business at taxpayer expense shall upon the Senatorís return and at the request of the Senate, give an oral report to the Senate on the extent of the Senatorís travel, the nature of the official business and a summary of the convention, conference, seminar, or other proceedings.


†††††††††††††††††††† (a)Any member of the Senate may propose any Senate Resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution or House Concurrent Resolution, which ever the case may be, for inclusion on a Consent Calendar for the purpose of a final reading; provided that no amendment to the resolution is proposed.

†††††††††††††††††††† (b)Any proposal by a member of the Senate for inclusion of a Senate Resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution, or House Concurrent Resolution on a Consent Calendar shall be made to the Secretary of the Senate.

†††††††††††††††††††† (c)Upon receipt of a proposal for inclusion the Secretary of the Senate shall prepare the Consent Calendar noting each inclusion thereon and present the Consent Calendar to the membership at an appropriate time during each legislative day.

(d)All resolutions included on the Consent Calendar shall be read and voted on collectively as a single group.

†††††††††† (e)Any resolution may be removed from the Consent Calendar for individual action if objection is made to its inclusion by any member.


Every member of the Senate shall be granted the privilege to issue citations, in the categories or classifications available, at anytime during his or her tenure; provided, however, the procedures herein prescribed are adhered to.Citations, unlike resolutions which are highly detailed, invoking the entire Delaware State Senate as a body shall be sequentially numbered by the Secretary of the Senate and made a part of the permanent record of the Senate.Each citation before becoming an official document of the Senate shall be signed by the sponsor and/or sponsors, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Secretary of the Senate.When the Senate is in session pursuant to Article II, Section 4 of the 1897 Constitution, as amended, the President Pro Tempore or their designee shall cause to be read into the permanent record of the Senate, for informational and archival purposes, on one of the three (3) legislative days mentioned in Rule 2, such citations as have been filed with the Secretary of the Senate, by topical notation along with the name of the Chief sponsor thereof.Such citations shall not require an official vote; however, at the time such citations are officially read into the record, any member of the Senate may comment, elaborate or simply expand on the content of the citation.Citations requested and issued by members of the Senate when the Senate stands in recess or adjournment (July 1 ‑ December 31st) shall be administratively managed by the Secretary of the Senate and in the duties of compiling the permanent record of the Senate proceedings (the Senate Journal) shall cause such citations to be made a part of the official proceedings of the Senate.