Daily Report for 1/7/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 47CommitteeBriggs KingIn the 149th General Assembly House Bill No. 64 amended Title 29, Section 5120 to insure that mothers who are full time state employees may have up to 6 weeks of unpaid leave following the newborn(s) discharge from the hospital even if their FMLA benefits have been exhausted. This bill clarifies that school district employees are entitled to the same unpaid leave.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.
HB 49CommitteeCollinsThis Act recognizes the statutory authority of the Governor to act in the event of an emergency or disaster. During protracted emergencies and disasters, particularly those lasting more than 30 days, good governance requires participation by the General Assembly to approve renewal of Emergency Orders. This approval requirement may be waived only when it is not possible for both houses of the General Assembly to convene a quorum. The Governor retains the authority to terminate Emergency Orders without approval when the emergency or disaster has passed. Any new non-weather related emergency order issued within 6 months of the termination of a prior order and based upon substantially similar reasons shall be invalid unless approved by the General Assembly. Additionally, any non-weather related emergency order that requires the closure of any business, industry, religious, or non-profit facility must specifically delineate which type of business or facilities are to be closed.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 20 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
HB 61CommitteeSmykThis bill creates a special license plate for Combat Veterans.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
HB 53CommitteeChukwuochaThis legislation allows the Delaware Commission of Veterans’ Affairs to employ the spouses of veterans and retains the stipulation that the Executive Director of the Commission must be a veteran.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE COMMISSION OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS.
HB 54CommitteeChukwuochaThis Act clarifies the method of calculating the optional mid-year unit count, as well as how the mid-year 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 Act authorizes school districts to provide a local match for personnel costs associated with the optional mid-year unit count.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO OPTIONAL MID-YEAR UNIT COUNT.
HB 52CommitteeBennettSubchapter III, Chapter 68, Title 16 of the Delaware Code (“Subchapter III”) was originally enacted in 1982. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1791 (“Bill Emerson Act”). The Bill Emerson Act preempts Subchapter III to the extent of any conflict, known as “partial preemption”. This Act makes Subchapter III consistent with the Bill Emerson Act by protecting a “gleaner” from civil or criminal liability as it relates to their donation of the gleaned food. Since the Bill Emerson Act only partially preempts state law on this subject, the State is free to provide greater protection than the Bill Emerson Act. Therefore, this Act does all of the following: 1. Extends to those who, in good faith, donate food to state agencies the same immunity from civil or criminal liability that is granted to those who, in good faith, donate food to nonprofit organizations. 2. Specifically includes within the definition of “food” both perishable food and wild game to makes it clear that food, in all of its forms, is covered by this Act. Thus, under this Act, those donating deer to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program would be immune from civil or criminal liability as it relates to the donation. 3. Protects a person who, in good faith, provides services to a nonprofit organization or state agency related to the processing of wild game that is donated to a nonprofit organization or a state agency. The bill also clarifies the authority of Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture relating to donated food.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO IMMUNITY FOR DONATED FOOD.
HB 62CommitteeBennettThis Act is based on a Model Act to Prevent Excessive and Unconscionable Prices for Prescription Drugs developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy. It prohibits manufacturers from raising the price of prescription drugs outside of certain market conditions that might justify a price hike. It is specifically limited to the prices charged to consumers in the State of Delaware for generic and off-patent drugs. It authorizes the Attorney General to investigate price increases identified by State agencies above a certain threshold. Manufacturers or distributors may be fined up to $10,000 per day for sales which violate the Act. Each sale of a drug excessively and unconscionably priced constitutes a separate violation. A manufacturer or distributor is prohibited from withdrawing a generic or off-patent drug for sale in this State to avoid application of the Act.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF EXCESSIVE AND UNCONSCIONABLE PRICES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

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