Daily Report for 3/26/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 27PassedMcBrideThis Senate concurrent resolution designates March 2019 as “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019 AS “COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 43SignedSeigfriedThis bill eliminates the requirement under several provisions of Title 24 that applicants for professional licenses as well as adult entertainment establishments submit notarized applications. This bill would allow for a policy change at the Division of Professional Regulation to remove the notarization requirement for all licensing applications, which will make the application process more economically and logistically available.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.
HB 44 w/ HA 1SignedGriffithThis bill eliminates all references to physical paper copies of professional licenses for professions administrated by the Division of Professional Regulation. This bill would eliminate the need for the Division to print and mail over 80,000 paper licenses every two years thus cutting down on administrative and supply costs and eliminating unnecessary paper production and waste.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.
SS 2 for SB 50SignedMcDowellDelaware's statewide community college system, operated by Delaware Technical and Community College (“the College”), plays a critical role in the State's economy by providing workforce development, vocational training, and transfer education that connects Delawareans with good paying jobs within the State and region. This Act gives the College’s Board of Trustees the authority to issue bonds to finance the cost of major and minor capital improvements, deferred maintenance, and the acquisition of related equipment and educational technology and establishes the Community College Infrastructure Fund (“the Fund”) to pay the principal and interest on such bonds. Any promissory notes or bonds must be approved separately prior to issuance by the General Assembly in a bond and capital improvement act. This Act is a substitute for and differs from Senate Bill No. 50 by deleting the property tax component and instead provides that it is the intent of the General Assembly to appropriate at least $10 million for deferred maintenance for the next 5 years to be deposited to the Fund together with such other funds as may be deposited by the College from sources including, but not limited to, tuition and fees, private funds, non-state grants and federal support. This Act also provides a mechanism, but not an obligation, for the state to provide matching funds for minor capital improvement projects consistent with existing matching provisions for public education. This Act also makes technical corrections. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND.
SS 1 for SB 8SignedWalshThis Act eliminates the set bargaining unit classifications established in 19 Del. C. § 1311A(b) and allows exclusive representatives of bargaining units to work with the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources to organize or consolidate bargaining units in a manner in which they can agree for purposes of collective bargaining. It also eliminates the requirement that exclusive bargaining representatives of exclusive bargaining units form a coalition for collective bargaining. The Act eliminates the provision allowing for an employee organization to seek to be certified for unrepresented employees. The Act provides that parties may engage in collective bargaining for compensation in conjunction with or separately from collective bargaining for terms and conditions. It requires that the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements be staggered over time while providing that collective bargaining agreements currently in place remain in place until they expire by their own terms. While the Act allows for exclusive representatives to bargain for different pay rate increases, it prohibits the compensation of bargaining units from exceeding the pay ranges for each pay grade as established each year in the appropriations act. In addition, it retains the existing scope of bargaining contained in 19 Del.C. Section 1311A(a). Finally, this Act makes technical revisions to conform with the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE AND CHAPTER 280, VOLUME 81 OF THE LAWS OF DELAWARE RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.
HCR 19PassedBaumbachThis House Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 26, 2019, as "Rare Disease Day" in Delaware.DESIGNATING MARCH 26, 2019, AS "RARE DISEASE DAY" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SS 1 for SB 48 w/ HA 1SignedWalshThis Act requires that bidders for public works contracts that are above a minimum value and required to provide the prevailing wage include approved craft training programs for journeyman and apprentice levels if the contract is not for a federal highway project. This Substitute Act differs from Senate Bill No. 48 as follows: 1. Creates a definition of "craft training". 2. Eliminates requirements that conflict with the prevailing wage requirements. 3. Increases the number of total employees that require a contractor or subcontractor to provide craft training, from 6 to 10. 4. Requires the craft training requirement to be in the final contract. 5. Requires the suspension of a contractor or subcontractor who fails to comply with the craft training requirement and prohibits a contractor or subcontractor who fails to comply with the craft training requirement from bidding on a public works project for 5 years. 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 PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTING.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 22PassedPooreThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 2019 as Brain Injury Awareness Month.RECOGNIZING MARCH 2019 AS BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN DELAWARE.
SCR 26PassedPooreThis resolution recognizes the cast of "Boundless! A Musical Journey" for celebrating people with disabilities and educating the public by sharing their stories.RECOGNIZING THE CAST OF “BOUNDLESS! A MUSICAL JOURNEY,” AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CITIZENS.
HA 2 to HB 23PassedK. WilliamsThis amendment consolidates provisions to donate amounts on personal income tax returns to Habitat for Humanity for each county into a single statewide fund to be allocated to the counties by the Division of Revenue based on the residency of the donating individuals. This consolidation is necessary in order to add the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation to the check-off donation box on the Delaware personal income tax return. 

Senate Committee Assignments

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

House Committee Assignments

Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Health & Human Development
Natural Resources

Senate Committee Report

No Senate Committee Report

House Committee Report

No House Committee Report

Senate Defeated Legislation

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SA 1 to SS 1 for SB 48DefeatedDelcolloThis Amendment makes the craft training requirement effective upon the establishment of craft training programs in each county. 
SA 2 to SS 1 for SB 48DefeatedDelcolloThis Amendment limits the craft training requirement to contractors who have 10 or more employees doing work specific to the project. 
SA 3 to SS 1 for SB 48DefeatedDelcolloThis Amendment limits the craft training requirement to contractors who have 10 or more employees doing work on crafts that have approved craft training programs. 
SA 4 to SS 1 for SB 48DefeatedDelcolloThis Amendment creates a stakeholder panel to consult with the Department of Labor on the regulations required under this Act. 

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

Lopez, LolitaConfirmedTrustee of the Delaware Technical & Community College Board of TrusteesReappointment