Daily Report for 3/27/2020

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 321CommitteeYearickThis Act eliminates the state's portion of the realty transfer tax for closings for first time home buyers with a purchase price of $250,000 or less. The bill applies to a home buyer whose gross income is less than $45,000 or in the case of natural person joint purchasers whose combined gross income is less than $75,000. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REALTY TRANSFER TAX REDUCTION.
HB 322CommitteeYearickIn 1994 the 137th General Assembly created the crime of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. In the intervening decades, the length of the minimum required sentence of 3 years and 5 years for defendants with 2 prior felonies has not changed. Instead, in 2019 the 150th General Assembly removed the requirement of consecutive sentences and removed the prohibition on suspending portions of the sentence and earned good time. Felony offenses committed with firearms are some of the most dangerous and violent crimes that can be committed by criminals. The trend of leniency is not commensurate with the seriousness of the offense, nor does it adequately protect victims of crime. This Act increases the minimum penalty to 5 years and to 10 years for defendants with 2 prior felonies. This Act also restores the requirements that defendants be sentenced consecutively and prohibits suspension of the sentence. This Act is intended to enhance public safety by appropriately punishing criminal use of firearms.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FIREARMS.
HB 317CommitteeBennettThis Act classifies pesticides containing a neonicotinoid as a restricted use pesticide and prohibits the use of a pesticide containing a neonicotinoid on land owned or maintained by the State. Neonicotinoids have been linked to impaired memory, movement, and death in bees, which are critical to crop production.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 3 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PESTICIDES CONTAINING A NEONICOTINOID.
HB 319CommitteeMatthewsA placard must be prominently displayed at all entrances of massage and bodywork establishments that have failed to obtain a valid license or have a license that is suspended, revoked, or expired. This bill provides that no placard can be removed unless the establishment is validly licensed and the removal of the placard is approved by the Division of Professional Regulation. This bill makes the unlawful removal of the placard a Class A misdemeanor, punishable of up to 1 year in jail and up to a $2300 fine.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK.
HB 323CommitteeRamoneThis Act allows the owner of a vehicle which has a “check engine” light illuminated to be able to pass the Division of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) On-board Diagnostic (OBD) test emission inspection if a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) certified emissions repair technician determines that the vehicle is operating within the manufacturer’s designed emission thresholds. If the DNREC technician cannot determine whether the vehicle will operate within the required thresholds, the technician may issue documentation to the vehicle owner which will require the DMV to disregard the OBD test and use an alternative test to determine if the vehicle will pass the emissions portion of the inspection. Because not all “check engine” lights relate to an emission problem, this bill will prevent unnecessary costly repairs while still maintaining the integrity of the emissions inspection process by using alternative tests when prudent.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS TESTING.
HB 324CommitteeMatthewsThis Act provides all law-enforcement officers the authority to enforce the existing labeling requirements for dumpsters that are in a public road or parking lot. 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 TRASH CONTAINERS ON HIGHWAYS.
HB 325CommitteeJaquesThis bill adds nationally certified occupational therapists to the list of employees entitled to receive a salary supplement for receiving national certification and makes technical changes to the section consistent with the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE BASIC SALARY SCHEDULE FOR TEACHERS, NURSES, PRINCIPALS, SUPERINTENDENTS, AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES.
HB 326CommitteeBaumbachThis Bill would allow two Microbreweries to share brewing equipment and maintain their separate premises to sell their product to consumers and/or wholesalers.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATED TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS.
HJR 11CommitteeMatthewsThis Joint Resolution directs the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to report to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Controller General, Governor, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget by December 7, 2020, on the amount of funds needed to adequately repair and maintain subdivision streets.DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO REPORT ON THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY REPAIR AND MAINTAIN SUBDIVISION STREETS.
HA 3 to HB 175PWBBentzThis amendment removes the effective date of January 1, 2022. 
HA 1 to HS 1 for HB 238PWBJaquesThis Amendment clarifies the method of calculating the optional mid-year unit count, as well as how the mid-year unit count may be used and makes the option available to charter schools. A school district or charter school will qualify for state financial support for each additional unit under the optional unit count at the daily rate of a Class A substitute teacher, including other employment costs, for the remaining days of the school year. The Amendment includes authorization for school districts to provide a local match for personnel costs associated with the optional mid-year unit count. The Amendment also adds a delayed effective date in order to address technology needs necessary for implementation. 
HB 327CommitteeMorrisTransporters of mobile homes must have a hauling permit under Title 21, Chapter 45 to transport mobile homes on public roadways. This bill eliminates the need to also obtain a temporary registration to transport the mobile home.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES.
HA 1 to SB 184PWBMitchellThis amendment further clarifies when the required intensive inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program can take place for persons charged with and convicted of a felony Driving Under the Influence charge. The required program may be completed while the offender is on any level of supervision, not just Level V or IV. The program may also be completed by an offender after arrest and prior to adjudication. This amendment also makes clear that the treatment program must be approved by the Court or the Department of Correction. 
HB 328CommitteeK. WilliamsThis Act prohibits multiple service charges for residential trash collection service. However, under this Act, specific charges are allowed for the following: 1. Late or nonpayment of an amount due. 2. Replacement of a container. 3. Collecting waste that cannot be collected using the container. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CONSUMER CONTRACTS.

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House Committee Assignments

Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
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Revenue & Finance
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Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure

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Senate Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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