Daily Report for 3/19/2019

Governor's Actions

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 11SignedK. WilliamsHouse Bill No. 363, as amended by House Amendment No. 1, of the 149th General Assembly changed the time that polls open for school board and school referendum elections to 7:00 a.m from prior time of 10:00 a.m. There are several sections of Title 14 that govern the hours that polls are open for elections under Title 14 and House Bill No. 363 did not include a revision to the hours listed in § 1907 of Title 14. This Act makes the technical correction to § 1907 of Title 14 so that it is consistent with the sections of Title 14 that were revised by House Bill No 363. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HOURS OF SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS.

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 49CommitteeSokolaThis Act permits wine producers holding a valid license within this State or another state to obtain a license and ship wine directly to Delaware consumers so long as it is done through a common carrier with a carrier permit. This Act requires that wine producers pay the taxes normally due for wines; limits the amount of wine that a direct shipper of wine can sell to a single household to 3 9-liter cases per year; and limits the total amount of wine that the direct shipper of wine can ship directly to Delaware consumers to 1,800 9-liter cases annually. This Act requires the signature of a person 21 years of age or older before delivery of the wine and to receive training regarding how to deliver wine responsibly.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DIRECT PURCHASING AND SHIPMENT OF WINE.
HA 1 to HB 80PWBBaumbachThis amendment increases the matching new refundable credit over the next 4 years incrementally until it caps out at 20%. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 34SignedSchwartzkopf 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 45SignedBaumbachThis Act is the product of the Manufactured Home Owners and Community Owner’s Act Task Force (“Task Force”), established by HR No. 24 of the 149th General Assembly. This Act makes technical and substantive revisions to the Manufactured Home Owners and Community Owners Act that were approved by all voting and nonvoting members of the Task Force. The specific changes are as follows: 1. Chapter 70 of Title 25 is reorganized so that it is easier to read and specific provisions are easier to identify. • Section 7026 is broken into separate sections in a new Subchapter V, with headings to indicate the topic of the different provisions. The reorganized subsections of § 7026 are shown with strike through where the subsection is currently located and underline in the new location, but no substantive changes are made to the subsections. 2. Technical corrections that improve consistency, clarity, and conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, including all of the following: • Oxford commas added. • “Shall not” is replaced by “must not” or “may not.” • “Pursuant to [reference to paragraph, statute, title]” replaced by “under.” • “Including, but not limited to,” is replaced with “including.” • Long paragraphs that contain lists are revised into outline form. • Semi-colons at the end of items in a list are replaced with periods. • “And/or” is replaced by “and” or “or.” • “All of the following” or “any of the following” is inserted prior to lists. • Corrects the references to the Department of Justice. • Corrects spelling errors and inconsistent hyphenation and phrasing of terms. • Moves all definitions to the definitions section. 3. Corrections that, while substantive, provide clarity and codify current practices, including all of the following: • Removes the definition of “hold over” because the term is not used in Chapter 70. • Clarifies language regarding the content of a rental agreement summary. • Clarifies language regarding lease renewals. • Clarifies language regarding holdover tenancies. • Eliminates inconsistent language about the amount of notice required before a rent increase. • Provides specific authority for Delaware Manufactured Housing Relocation Authority (“DEMHRA”) to spend funds for DEMHRA’s responsibilities under Subchapter VI. • Corrects an incorrect statement in the penalty provision of Subchapter VI because DEMHRA does not, under existing law, have the authority or responsibility to approve rent increases. 4. The following substantive changes are made: • Requires that a receipt be provided to a tenant for a cash payment of rent within 3 days of the payment and that records of cash receipts for rent be maintained for 3 years. • Revises the procedure for scheduling a meeting when a rent increase is proposed and adds requirements for the content of the notice provided to homeowners of the deadline to request arbitration. • Removes the model bylaws because they are no longer necessary. • Simplifies the amount of relocation assistance provided to home owners. • Explicitly permits relocations assistance for a home moved out of State or to land that is not in a manufactured home community. This Act takes effect 180 days from enactment. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITIES.
HCR 13PassedBoldenThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Delaware Chapter for its dedication to improving the lives of Black women and girls in Delaware through advocacy, civic engagement, and other community-building initiatives.RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL COALITION OF 100 BLACK WOMEN INC., DELAWARE CHAPTER, FOR ITS DEDICATION TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS IN DELAWARE.
SS 1 for SB 25SignedTownsendThis Act restricts access to tobacco products and tobacco substitutes to individuals under age 21 by doing all of the following: 1. Prohibits sales of tobacco products or tobacco substitutes to individuals who are under 21. 2. Imposes a civil penalty for sales to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21. 3. Repeals the ability of a parent or guardian to purchase tobacco products or tobacco substitutes for a minor. 4. Revises the framework by which an employer may use an affirmative defense to the improper sale of tobacco products or tobacco substitutes, aligning the affirmative defense with the minimum age increase. 5. Adopts best practices for enforcement measures by modifying the prohibition against the purchase of tobacco products by minors. 6. Prohibits individuals under age 21 from entering vapor establishments. This Substitute Bill differs from Senate Bill No. 25 as follows: 1. Revises the definitions of "tobacco product" and tobacco substitute" for clarity and makes corresponding changes to related statutes. 2. Allows employees under age 21 who are employed by a vapor establishment on the effective date of this Act to continue working at the vapor establishment if the vapor establishment provides the required documentation to the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. 3. Makes this Act effective 90 days after enactment. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11, TITLE 16, AND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DELIVERY AND SALES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 21PassedTownsendThis Concurrent Resolution proclaims the month of April 2019 as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month” in the State of Delaware.PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019 AS “SIKH AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 23PassedPooreThis resolution honors the victims of the Christchurch, New Zealand terror attack.HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND TERROR ATTACK.
HA 1 to HB 38PassedBentzBy its own Charter and State law, City of Wilmington municipal elections must comply with State election laws. This amendment removes municipal elections because any change in State election law will necessarily require a change in City of Wilmington municipal elections. 

Senate Committee Assignments

Banking, Business & Insurance
Elections, Govt. & Community Affairs
Health & Social Services

House Committee Assignments

Health & Human Development
Natural Resources

Senate Committee Report

No Senate Committee Report

House Committee Report

No House Committee Report

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

Catts, DouglasConfirmedDiamond State Port CorporationReappointment
Esposito, GerardConfirmedDiamond State Port CorporationReappointment
Miller, Tarrie L.ConfirmedCash Management Policy BoardNew