Daily Report for 4/11/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 30PassedPooreThis concurrent resolution establishes the Non-Acute Patient Medical Guardianship Task Force to study and make findings and recommendations regarding the needs and options of non-acute hospital patients in need of medical guardianship services. A recent study concluding in 2017 found that hospital patients who did not have acute medical needs were often abandoned in hospitals. These patients often lack financial means to pay for a guardian to make medical decisions. The Office of Public Guardian does not have sufficient resources to intervene to make timely medical decisions for such non-acute patients. In addition to harming these non-acute patients with prolonged hospital stays, patients with acute medical needs are not timely and adequately served because hospital beds are occupied by such non-acute patients. This concurrent resolution establishes a task force to study and make recommendations on these issues.ESTABLISHING THE NON-ACUTE PATIENT MEDICAL GUARDIANSHIP TASK FORCE TO STUDY AND MAKE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE NEEDS AND OPTIONS OF NON-ACUTE HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN NEED OF MEDICAL GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES.
HA 1 to HB 104PassedBentzThis Amendment adds a representative from the Delaware Healthcare Association to the Adult Mental Health Peer Review Commission and requires representatives of the mental health peer community to be certified in order to serve on the Commission. 
HB 120CommitteeMatthewsThis bill increases affordable housing and was created to financially assist renters struggling with low income and renters that are elderly, that are not receiving other subsidized housing benefits. If the portion of rent attributable to the assumed property taxes exceeds a fixed amount in relation to income, the renter can, under specified conditions, receive a credit of as much as $250.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE TO CREATE A RENTAL TAX CREDIT FOR LOW-INCOME AND ELDERLY RENTERS.
HA 2 to HB 16PWBBriggs KingThis amendment limits the scope of the bill to Probation and Parole, thereby reducing the costs associated with implementation. 
HA 1 to HB 87PassedBennettThis Amendment makes a technical change to House Bill 87. 
HA 1 to HB 39PWBD. ShortThis amendment removes non-photo, non-government issues papers that are easily changed from being used for voter registration purposes. 
HA 2 to HB 87PassedBennettThis amendment specifies that unless Kent County is transferred the responsibility of local code enforcement, the bill will not apply to properties, buildings or structures within any incorporated city or town in Kent County. 
HA 1 to HB 98PWBBradyThis Amendment makes clear that premium cigars falls within the definition of “Tobacco products” and makes the effective date October 1, 2019.  
HA 2 to SS 1 for SB 25StrickenRamoneThis amendment retains the statute relating to unlawful purchase or receipt of tobacco products or tobacco substitutes by persons 18 years of age or less and applies it to persons under age 21. 
HA 1 to SS 2 for SB 50DefeatedYearickThis amendment adds a student fee of $10 per credit, not to exceed $150 per student each semester to contribute to the Infrastructure Fund. 
HA 3 to SS 1 for SB 25DefeatedCarsonThis amendment allows active members of the United States military and veterans of the United States military to purchase tobacco and tobacco products and to work in establishments that sell such products as long as they are at least 18 years of age. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 38 w/ HA 1SignedBentzThis Act establishes in-person early voting in Delaware beginning January 1, 2022. Registered voters will be allowed to vote in-person during at least 10 days before an election, up to and including the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the election at locations determined by the State Election Commissioner. This Act also charges the State Election Commissioner with determining whether such voting should occur by voting machine or paper ballot. All other procedures relating to conducting voting are the same as for general election voting. Further, this Act requires that for statewide elections there must be at least 1 in-person polling place in each county, and an additional location in the City of Wilmington.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EARLY VOTING.
HB 55SignedJaquesThis Act includes the dollar amount of an Educational Support Professional of the Year award received by a State employee when determining the final average compensation used to compute the State employee's pension. 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 FINAL AVERAGE COMPENSATION FOR THE STATE EMPLOYEES' PENSION PLAN FOR RECIPIENTS OF CERTAIN AWARDS.
HCR 24PassedJaquesThis House Concurrent Resolution recognizes April 2019 as “Autism Awareness Month” and Autism Delaware's 20 years of service to the people of Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 2019 AS “AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH” AND RECOGNIZING AUTISM DELAWARE’S 20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF DELAWARE.
HCR 25PassedBoldenThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the contributions of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapters in the State of Delaware and declares April 11, 2019, to be “Delta Day at the Delaware Capital”.RECOGNIZING APRIL 11, 2019, AS “DELTA DAY AT THE DELAWARE CAPITAL”.
HCR 30PassedSchwartzkopfThis Resolution honors the career and life of Michael E. Busch, Maryland Speaker of the House.HONORING THE CAREER AND LIFE OF MICHAEL E. BUSCH, MARYLAND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.
HCR 29PassedDorsey WalkerThis resolution recognizes April 11-17, 2019 as Black Maternal Health Awareness Week in Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 11-17, 2019 AS BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK IN DELAWARE.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
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.
HA 1 to HB 58PassedShupeThis amendment clarifies the durational service requirement for the award leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree when the recipient is employed by a non-profit hospital located in Delaware. 
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.
SCR 34PassedMcBrideThis resolution supports designating the month of April 2019 as "National Donate Life Month" in the State of Delaware, thereby recognizing and acknowledging the generosity of donors who have donated organ, eye, and tissue and their families, as well as supporting and encouraging all Delawareans to become designated organ, eye, and tissue donors.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019 AS "NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH" IN DELAWARE.

Senate Committee Assignments


House Committee Assignments

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

Senate Committee Report

Veterans Affairs

House Committee Report

No House Committee Report

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HA 1 to SS 1 for SB 25DefeatedJaquesThis Amendment removes the shipping requirements imposed by SS 1 to SB 25 for tobacco substitutes. 

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

No Records