Daily Report for 4/18/2019

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HCR 27PassedJaquesThis Concurrent Resolution commends and congratulates the Secretary of Education Scholars for 2019.COMMENDING THE STUDENTS SELECTED AS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION SCHOLARS FOR 2019.
SCR 37PassedSokolaThis Senate Concurrent Resolution urges Delaware's U.S. Congressional Delegation to support federal legislation to establish a national database of beneficial ownership of corporations and limited liability companies to assist federal and state law enforcement in combating criminal activity.SUPPORTING FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL DATABASE OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF CORPORATIONS AND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN COMBATING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.
SCR 38PassedPettyjohnThis Senate Concurrent Resolution recognizes April 18, 2019 as "National Lineman Appreciation Day" in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 18, 2019 AS "NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 112StrickenLonghurstThis Amendment adds a Three-Fourths supermajority vote requirement as opposed to Three-Fifths.  
HR 6PassedBradyThis House Resolution recognizes April 28, 2019, as Workers Memorial Day.RECOGNIZING APRIL 28, 2019, AS WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY.
HA 1 to HB 30PassedSmykThis amendment inserts "detention facility" on line 20 to clarify that this bill applies to the facilities of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services. 
HB 126CommitteeBriggs KingThis bill requires an elected official or other paid appointed official of this state or any county or political subdivision who is also employed by any state agency, education, or other institution, or any other political subdivision of this State to disclose such employment to the Public Integrity Commission (PIC). This disclosure will assist the PIC and the State Auditor in evaluating if the official is receiving dual compensation for coincident hours of work.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE COMPENSATION POLICY.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 57 w/ HA 1SignedShupeThis act designates rescue dogs as the official state dog.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF A STATE DOG.
SB 27 w/ SA 1SignedWalshThis Act, named the Share the Care Act, permits an individual employed by a personal assistance services agency to administer medications to an adult individual who resides in the individual’s own home if a responsible caregiver does the following: 1. Authorizes the direct care worker to do so. 2. Prepackages the medication by date and time. 3. Provides written instructions regarding the administration procedure. 4. Enters into an agreement with a personal assistance services agency governing the administration of the medication by the direct care worker.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO NURSING.
SB 32 w/ SA 1SignedBrownThis Act prohibits the practice known as patient brokering, which is the practice where patient brokers are paid a fee to place insured people in treatment centers so that the treatment centers receive thousands of dollars in insurance claim payments for each patient. Increasingly, patient brokers fraudulently enroll patients in low-deductible health plans with out-of-network treatment benefits. Patient brokers target individuals with substance use disorders, who are told that they are receiving their treatment through a scholarship. Not only does this perpetrate fraud against insurers, when insurance plans are terminated for nonpayment of the premium, individuals are discharged from the treatment program with no services or housing and often in a state that is far from home.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING PATIENT BROKERING.
HB 90SignedJaquesThis Act makes all veterans with a minimum discharge of general discharge under honorable conditions eligible for assistance from the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, effective January 1, 2020. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE VETERANS TRUST FUND.
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.
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.
SB 61 w/ HA 1SignedHansenState economic development officials pursue economic development opportunities that, if realized, would have significant impact on Delaware's future economic health and competitiveness. Such situations frequently require expeditious action and the need to enhance Delaware's transportation infrastructure on a timeline and schedule that is outside the 6 year Capital Transportation Program. To meet these challenges, this Act establishes the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund to provide economic assistance for renovation, construction, or any other type of improvements to roads and related transportation infrastructure in order to attract new businesses to Delaware, or for the expansion of existing Delaware businesses, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality, full-time jobs. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
HCR 22PassedMatthewsThis concurrent resolution designates April 3, 2019, as Engineering and Technology Education Day.DESIGNATING APRIL 3, 2019 AS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION DAY IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SB 38SignedBrownThe Victim-Offender Mediation Committee was established by the 138th General Assembly in 1996. There have been no significant changes to the statute since then. The composition of the Committee and the nature of the services provided by vendors selected to provide victim-offender mediation services, however, has changed since the program's inception in 1996. For example, the Court of Common Pleas is the principal beneficiary of the program but is not a Committee member. This Act updates the composition of the Committee; renames the Committee to acknowledge the broader scope of services provided by vendors selected by the Committee to run alternative case resolution services; updates criteria used to select vendors and reporting requirements; and makes additional corrections to conform to the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO VICTIM-OFFENDER MEDIATION.
SB 64SignedPettyjohnThis Act amends the Charter of Georgetown to give the Town Council the authority to impose and collect a lodging tax, as permitted by § 908 of Title 22.AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF GEORGETOWN RELATING TO THE POWER TO IMPOSE AND COLLECT A LODGING TAX.
SB 72SignedMcBrideThis bill serves to "decouple" the required examination in Principles and Practice of Engineering from the experience requirements. Applicants who have met their educational requirements may take the examination prior to completion of their experience. (This amendment does not apply to applicants who become licensed solely through experience without an educational component.) Decoupling serves to safeguard life, health, and property and promotes the public welfare by encouraging and facilitating engineering students and new engineers to pursue licensure without lowering the requirements for licensure. Currently, 16 states allow applicants to take the examination before completion of 4 years of experience. This bill also specifies that, for comity applicants, experience may be accepted even where it is obtained outside of the states, territories, or possessions of the United States, the District of Columbia, or provinces or territories of Canada.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS.
SB 76SignedMcDowellThe Board of Pension Trustees has established policies and practices for the administration of the Delaware Public Employees Retirement System. House Bill 199 of the 149th General Assembly provided the initial changes to Delaware Code based on the recommendations of the Board’s Best Practices review. This Act provides additional changes to the Delaware Code based on the review. The changes are summarized as follows: Sections 1, 2, & 3 – Changes to the New State Police Plan to include determining normal retirement date for the review of a disability continuance case, deleting references to the medical committee which has been dissolved by the Board, and giving the authority by the Board to the Executive Secretary for benefit determinations. Sections 4, 5, & 6 – Changes to the County/Municipal Police/Firefighter Pension Plans to include determining normal retirement date for the review of a disability continuance case, deleting references to the medical committee which has been dissolved by the Board, and giving the authority by the Board to the Executive Secretary for benefit determinations. Section 7 – Technical change for the Judicial Pension Plan. Section 8 – Technical changes regarding the closed Diamond State Port pension plan; allows for comingling for accounting purposes only of the OPEB trust with the DPERS Fund; clarifies Memoranda of Understanding with other state agencies; gives sole authority to the Board of Pension Trustees to hire an external audit firm; clarifies that the Board chair must be appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate; clarifies that all records of the Board’s Audit Department are not public records under the State's FOIA laws. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE BOARD OF PENSION TRUSTEES AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF PENSION PLANS.
SA 1 to SB 32PassedBrownThis Amendment makes the following changes to Senate Bill No. 32: 1. Identifies additional kinds of payments that are not prohibited. 2. Uses enforcement language that is consistent with other chapters in Title 6. 3. Clarifies that this Act does not modify any requirements under State or federal mental health parity laws. 
HCR 35PassedSeigfriedThis House Concurrent Resolution establishes an Interagency Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Study Group ("Study Group") to coordinate the existing efforts to leverage bulk purchasing to negotiate lower prices and make recommendations to maximize the opportunities to coordinate State-funded pharmaceutical purchases.AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE INTERAGENCY PHARMACEUTICALS PURCHASING STUDY GROUP TO REVIEW AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO LEVERAGE THE BULK PURCHASING POWER OF THE STATE TO NEGOTIATE LOWER PRICES.
SA 1 to SB 27PassedWalshThis Amendment does the following: (1) Exempts controlled substances listed on Schedule II and IV from medications that can be administered by a direct care worker under this Act. (2) Clarifies the packaging instructions and increases the information that must be on each medication the direct care worker is to administer. (3) Requires that before administering medication under this Act, a direct care worker must complete a training program on the administration of medications that is approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services (“Department”). (4) Requires that a direct care worker provide the documentation the worker keeps regarding administered medications to the personal assistance services agency that employs the worker and that the agency retains the documentation and makes it available to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services on request. (5) Delays the implementation of this Act until the earlier of 1 year from the date of the Act’s enactment or the promulgation of final regulations to implement this Act by the Secretary and the publication of notice in the Register of Regulations that regulations required to implement this Act have been promulgated. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 7 w/ SA 1SignedHansenSince 1975, the Delaware Population Consortium has prepared a unified set of statewide population projections each year. These projections are used for a variety of purposes including capital planning, policy analysis, comprehensive planning, and transportation planning. All 3 counties are required by State law to utilize these projections to prepare their required comprehensive plans. However, the Delaware Population Consortium does not exist in State law. This Act formally creates the Delaware Population Consortium, identifies its membership and work products, and requires that all counties, municipalities, school districts, and State agencies use the Consortium’s projections for planning and policy purposes. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE POPULATION CONSORTIUM.
HB 91 w/ HA 1SignedBentzThis Act updates the definition of hospital, raises the fees associated with hospital licensing, and imposes an additional fee for plan reviews prior to construction or renovation of hospitals.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HOSPITALS.
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.
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.
HA 1 to HB 91PassedBentzThis Amendment makes clear that the Department of Health and Social Services has the authority to collect fees and fines, with such fees or fines being appropriated to the Department to defray operating expenses associated with implementation of the Chapter. 
SCR 28PassedWilsonThis resolution recognizes April 29 - May 4, 2019 as "Auctioneers Week" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 29 - MAY 4, 2019 AS "AUCTIONEERS WEEK" IN DELAWARE.
HB 108SignedSmykSection 1 of this bill amends the Charter of the Town of Milton relating to purchasing contracts. Specifically, the bill: raises the monetary thresholds to be more in line with the State of Delaware, Material and Non-Professional Service Purchase Thresholds, known as policy 5.3.1; clarifies that the Town need not competitively bid again if the results were unreasonable or not independently reached; and adds a new exclusion for purchases made pursuant to the State of Delaware procurement process or from a vendor on the General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule. Section 2 of the bill clarifies that the Town may levy and collect property taxes on an annual and on a quarterly supplemental basis. AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF MILTON RELATING TO CONTRACTS AND ENUMERATION OF POWERS.
HB 112 w/ HA 2SignedLonghurstThis Act allows the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue special Bicycle Friendly Delaware license plates.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
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.
SCR 36PassedBoniniThis Resolution recognizes April 2019 as "Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month" in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019 AS "PARKINSON'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF THE DELAWARE.
SCR 32PassedMcBrideThis Senate Concurrent Resolution commemorates, on April 22, 2019, the 100th Anniversary of Easterseals, a leading advocate and service provider for children and adults with disabilities, veterans, older adults, caregivers and their families. The resolution further directs that the cupola atop Legislative Hall shall be lighted on the evening of April 22, 2019 with an orange light in honor of the Easterseals’ 100th Anniversary.RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF EASTERSEALS, A LEADING ADVOCATE AND SERVICE PROVIDER FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES, VETERANS, OLDER ADULTS, CAREGIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
SCR 33PassedSokolaThis Concurrent Resolution observes April 2019 as the 2019 Month of the Military Child and April 18, 2019 as the official Day of Recognition of the Military Child in the State of Delaware.OBSERVING APRIL 2019 AS THE 2019 MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD AND APRIL 18, 2019 AS THE OFFICIAL DAY OF RECOGNITION OF THE MILITARY CHILD IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 39PassedMcBrideThis Senate Concurrent Resolution commends the Delaware State Dental Society on the success of its 16th annual “Give Kids a Smile” program and recognizes its continuing efforts to improve the dental health of Delaware’s children.COMMENDING THE DELAWARE STATE DENTAL SOCIETY ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ITS 16TH ANNUAL “GIVE KIDS A SMILE” PROGRAM AND RECOGNIZING ITS CONTINUING EFFORTS.
HA 2 to HB 112PassedLonghurstThis amendment requires the State Treasurer to use funds generated, above administrative costs, to be used to support Bike Delaware, Inc.’s mission to promote safe non-motorized transportation for Delaware residents. 

Senate Committee Assignments

Banking, Business & Insurance
Elections, Govt. & Community Affairs

House Committee Assignments

Natural Resources
Revenue & Finance
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

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