Daily Report for 3/21/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 59CommitteeDelcolloThis Act allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend medical marijuana for patients. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
HCR 15PassedLonghurstThis resolution recognizes the Easterseals/CAI Volleyball Challenge occurring April 5-7, 2019, at William Penn High School, an event that raises funds for an organization providing services and support to Delawareans with disabilities and senior citizens and their families.RECOGNIZING THE EASTERSEALS/CAI VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE AND THE VOLLEYBALL AMBASSADORS, ISAIAH ROMEUS AND JACK AND JACKIE WITZMAN, IN THE 14TH YEAR OF DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN TEAM PARTICIPATION.
HA 1 to HB 92PWBK. WilliamsThis Amendment adds an additional public member and a representative from a charter school, appointed by the Delaware Charter Schools Network, to the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council. 
SCR 25PassedMcBrideThis Senate Concurrent Resolution commends the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (Bioscience CAT) for their outstanding efforts to strengthen Delaware’s economy through the support of academic-industrial life science research collaborations and to enrich the lives of Delaware’s young people by providing them with opportunities to observe and pursue scientific research.HONORING THE DELAWARE BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE AND THE DELAWARE BIOSCIENCE CENTER FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (BIOSCIENCE CAT) FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN DELAWARE’S ECONOMY THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC-INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCE RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 12SignedMcDowellThis Act facilitates electric vehicle and grid-integrated electric vehicle interconnection by including the Society of Automotive Engineers industrial safety standard, J3072, which sets safety requirements for electric vehicles that provide power from their batteries back to the electric grid. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO GENERATING SYSTEMS WITH THE NEW SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS ELECTRIC SAFETY STANDARD.
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.
SB 23SignedWalshThis Act changes the employee classification of the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) director position from merit to exempt. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security (Department) is requesting the change to make the Department’s director position employee classifications consistent. The Department is seeking the change while the OHS Director position is vacant. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB 31SignedWilsonThe Department of Transportation is already authorized to issue multi-trip permits for pole and piling semitrailers and double-bottom vehicles, also known as “twin trailers,” on a monthly basis. This Act authorizes the Department to also issue the permits on an annual basis. The existing law provides that a monthly permit must be issued for a specified period; an annual permit, in contrast, is not limited to a specified period. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
HCR 16PassedJaquesThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the officers and crew of the new USS Delaware submarine, which is slated for commissioning by the U.S. Navy.RECOGNIZING THE COMMANDER, OFFICERS, AND CREW OF THE USS DELAWARE, SSN 791, IN ADVANCE OF THE FORTHCOMING COMMISSIONING OF THE VESSEL BY THE UNITED STATES NAVY.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 20SignedVanderwendeThis bill raises the threshold limit requiring a Building and Loan Association to obtain federal deposit insurance from $7 million to $10 million dollars. This amount was last raised in 2005. The State Bank Commissioner is okay with this change.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 5 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATION INSURANCE REGULATION.
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 71 w/ HA 1SignedChukwuochaThis Bill authorizes the Division of Professional Regulation to charge a registration fee to Appraisal Management Companies for reporting them to the National Registry.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE COUNCIL ON REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS.
HS 1 for HB 67SignedD. ShortThis bill provides changes to Section 25 of the City of Seaford Charter relating to tax assessments. The assessor will provide an alphabetical list of the assessment within 30 days of the assessment. The Tax Assessor has 45 days after the appeal hearing to make a recommendation. The Board of Revision's decision will be by certified mail to the property owner within 7 days of the meeting. It also reorganizes Chapter 27 of the City of Seaford Charter to make the process consistent with State Code and easier to follow. In addition, the changes allow the City of Seaford to collect a Lodging Tax of no more than 3 percent of the rent, in addition to the amount imposed by the State, for any room or rooms in a hotel, motel, or tourist home located within the boundaries of the City of Seaford. AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF SEAFORD RELATING TO TAXATION AND COLLECTION.
HA 1 to HB 24PassedBennettThis Amendment: (1) Replaces “retail price” with language requiring that a carrier not impose a copayment or coinsurance requirement that exceeds the lesser of one of the following: (i) the applicable copayment or coinsurance that would apply for the prescription drug in the absence of this section; (ii) the amount an individual would pay for the prescription drug if the individual were paying the usual and customary price; or (iii) the contract price for the prescription drug. (2) Provides a definition of “contract price” in place of the definition of “retail price”. (3) Adds a definition of “pharmacy” based on its use in the definition of “contract price”.  
HB 88SignedCarsonThis legislation removes the automatic suspension of a driver’s license for failure to provide proof of insurance. The Division of Motor vehicles will continue to suspend the registration of the uninsured vehicle. The removal of the automatic license suspension will allow the vehicle owner to get to work, keep a job, so that the driver will be able to obtain vehicle insurance.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES.
HB 89SignedMatthewsThis bill updates the members of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee to include additional stakeholders, and directs the Committee to report to the General Assembly on the effectiveness of the Act, ways to improve the Act, and other measures that should be taken by the State of Delaware to prevent lead poisoning in children.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION ACT.
SCR 18PassedCloutierThis Resolution recognizes April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 2019 AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 71PassedChukwuochaThis Amendment changes the vote requirement for this bill to a three-fifths vote. 

Senate Committee Assignments

Health & Social Services

House Committee Assignments

Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Health & Human Development
Public Safety & Homeland Security

Senate Committee Report

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House Committee Report

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Senate Defeated Legislation

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House Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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