Daily Report for 3/25/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 9PassedBoniniThis resolution commends the Food Bank of Delaware on its 40th anniversary and for its contributions toward ending hunger and resolving the root causes of poverty in the State of Delaware through its increased statewide impact.CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOOD BANK OF DELAWARE.
SCR 10PassedLawsonThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 29, 2021 as "National Vietnam War Veterans Day" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING MARCH 29, 2021 AS "NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HCR 16PassedBentzThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 2021 as Rare Kidney Disease Month in Delaware.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2021 AS “RARE KIDNEY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” IN DELAWARE.
HB 135CommitteeMitchellThis Act expands the eligibility for Line-of-Duty disability benefits to all firefighters or emergency medical technicians (EMT) who are a member of a volunteer or municipal fire department in this State or a designated first responder, including firefighters and EMTs who are volunteers, partly paid or full-time employees, plus all fire service instructors or fire marshals employed by this State. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LINE-OF-DUTY DISABILITY BENEFITS TO COVERED FIREFIGHTERS.
HB 136CommitteeLynnThe Bill sets forth 8 factors a court must consider in determining a proposed relocation of a child for a period of 60 days or more in litigation involving custody or visitation. These factors include: (1) the nature, quality, extent, and duration of the child’s relationship with the individual proposing to relocate and with the non-relocating individuals, siblings and other significant persons in the child’s life; (2) the age, developmental stage, needs of the child, and the likely impact of the relocation on the child, taking into account any special needs of the child; (3) the feasibility of preserving the relationship between the non-relocating individual and the child; (4) the child’s preference; (5) any established patterns of the relocating individual to thwart or promote the relationship between the child and non-relocating individual; (6) whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life of the child and relocating individual; (7) the reasons for requesting and opposing the relocation; and (8) any other factor affecting the best interests of the child.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PARENTS AND CHILDREN.
SR 9PassedSturgeonThis Senate Resolution condemns anti-Asian and Pacific Islander violence and xenophobic rhetoric.SENATE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTI-ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER VIOLENCE AND XENOPHOBIC RHETORIC.
SB 95CommitteeParadee This bill will provide Delaware students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to volunteer public service to receive scholarship monies sufficient to cover the full cost of tuition at Delaware State University. The intent of this bill is to increase the number of students in Delaware who not only attend the University but who successfully complete degree programs. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE INSPIRE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 18PassedOsienskiThis Act revises the requirements for the shape of a Complete Community Enterprise Districts (“District”) to maximize the use of transit, walking, and bicycling by residents and employees. Specifically, this Act does all of the following: 1. Eliminates the minimum size. 2. Requires the District to contain more than 1 parcel and that part of at least 1 parcel be within a ½ mile from a bus or rail stop or station. 3. Requires the District to include adjacent neighborhoods within a ½ mile from a bus or rail stop or station. 4. Prohibits a district from being in the shape of a linear corridor and requires that each parcel of land in the District is zoned to maximize the use of transit, walking, and bicycling. 5. Requires that a District be part of a master development plan that maximizes the use of transit, walking, and bicycling by residents and employees. This Act also repeals the definition of "isoperimetric quotient" because the term is being removed and replaced with paragraphs (3), (7), and (9) of § 2104 of Title 2, in the revised requirements for a Complete Community Enterprise District. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 2 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COMPLETE COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE DISTRICTS.
HB 20 w/ HA 1SignedLonghurstThis bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can have a menstrual cycle. This bill also requires schools to publish on its website and post in its common areas the locations of the bathrooms where the hygiene products are provided. Finally, this bill provides that each school must consult with its school nurse regarding the products to be provided.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FREE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS.
HB 33 w/ HA 1 + SA 1SignedK. JohnsonThis bill changes the relationship between physicians and physician assistants from supervisory to collaborative, in recognition of the evolving role of physician assistants and reflecting the education, training, and experience required for licensing, which emphasizes the team-based practice model. The bill retains a 1:4 ratio of physician assistants to physicians, unless a regulation of the Board increases or decreases the number. This limit of 1:4 does not apply to physicians and physician assistants who practice in the same physical office or facility building, such as an emergency department. This bill adds 2 physician assistants members recommended by the Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in lieu of 2 public members. The bill authorizes physician assistants to participate as uncompensated volunteers in public or community events.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.
HB 70PassedChukwuochaThis Act revises the bureaus established within the Department of Correction. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing language to the standards of the Delaware Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ESTABLISHMENT OF BUREAUS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION.
HCR 17PassedLonghurstThis House Concurrent Resolution designates March 24, 2021 as "Equal Pay Day" in the State of Delaware.DESIGNATING MARCH 24, 2021 AS "EQUAL PAY DAY" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SA 1 to HB 33PassedLockmanThis Amendment strikes House Amendment 1 to House Bill No. 33 in its entirety and makes technical corrections to House Bill No. 33 to conform it to the requirements of the Legislative Drafting Manual and clarifies that the Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants is authorized to recommend, not elect, individuals from its membership for appointment to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline by the Governor. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 16CommitteeBaumbachSection 1 of this Act modifies Delaware’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to allow recipients to choose the most beneficial credit to be applied against their Delaware Personal Income Taxes. Under this Act, recipients can choose between a non-refundable credit of up to 20% of the value of the corresponding federal EITC or a refundable EITC credit of up to 4.5% of the value of the corresponding federal EITC. Section 2 of this Act makes the change to Delaware’s EITC effective for the tax year in which the Secretary of Finance provides the Registrar of Regulations with notice that the personal income tax release of the Integrated Revenue Administration System is implemented. This delay in effective date is necessary to ensure that tax law changes can be properly and efficiently implemented in the Division of Revenue’s modernized Integrated Revenue Administration System, which is currently under development. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TAXES ON PERSONAL INCOME.
HB 26 w/ HA 1CommitteeHeffernanThis Act requires the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families ("DSCYF'') to have exclusive jurisdiction over all aspects of a child’s care, custody and control when a child is convicted of a Superior Court offense. The Act establishes that from a date certain, no more juveniles would be transferred to the custody of the Department of Correction upon their adjudication and Level V sentence in Superior Court. The Act also provides that when a juvenile’s case is transferred to Superior Court, a reverse amenability hearing must be filed within 60, not 30, days of arraignment and that the time period may be enlarged by the Court for good cause.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 10 AND 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PROSECUTION OF JUVENILES.
HB 57CommitteeSmykThis bill requires a landlord to provide 15 days written notice to a single room tenant prior to the termination of a rental agreement for any reason other than a material violation. This notice provision ensures that the tenant has time to find suitable housing prior to the termination of their current lease, while still permitting a landlord to quickly remove a tenant renting a single room within a house.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO CERTAIN BUILDINGS SINGLE ROOM LEASE.
HB 59 w/ HA 1CommitteeSmykThis bill would allow a court of competent jurisdiction to dismiss minor equipment violations upon a showing that repair(s) have been made. The sections include inoperative horn, missing rear-view mirror, improper window tint, and inoperable headlights, taillights, turn signal lights, and lighting on a motorcycle. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS.
HB 60CommitteeSmykThis bill increases the amount that a tenant may deduct from rent in order to have necessary work done on the rental premises if the landlord fails to repair or maintain the premises after proper notice. The original amount of $200 was selected at the time that the Landlord Tenant Code was drafted in 1996. The amended amount of $400 reflects inflation of rent and cost of repairs. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TENANT'S REMEDIES RELATING TO THE RENTAL UNIT.
SCR 13PassedHockerThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes November 2021 as "Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month" in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING NOVEMBER 2021 AS "AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 59PassedSmykThis Amendment limits the violations that may be dismissed before trial to only those situations that did not involve a vehicle collision. 
SCR 18PassedTownsendThis resolution recognizes the importance of providing effective counsel to all who are accused, commends the important role played by the Office of Defense Services in fulfilling that mission, and recognizes March 18 as National Public Defense Day. RECOGNIZING MARCH 18 AS NATIONAL PUBLIC DEFENSE DAY.
HA 1 to HB 26PassedHeffernanThis amendment provides The Department for Children, Youth and Their Families (“DSCYF”) the ability to make a motion to the court for permission to place a pretrial youth in a facility other than one operated by DSCYF. While the circumstances prompting this request are rare, it is important to ensure the health and safety of youth and staff and the DSCYF facilities. This amendment also permits DSCYF’s ability to use contracted facilities for youth who are detained pending adjudication so that an alternative placement can be sought for youth when necessary. Finally, this amendment clarifies that “The Department” referred to in Section 2 of HB 26 specifically refers to the Department for Children, Youth and Their Families and not the Department of Correction. 
HA 1 to HB 4PassedCarsonThis amendment clarifies that House Bill No. 4 has a 3/5 voting requirement due to the imposition of additional monetary penalties. 

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House Committee Assignments

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Senate Defeated Legislation

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House Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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