Daily Report for 4/22/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HCR 19PassedK. JohnsonThis House Concurrent Resolution recognizes the month of April 2021, as “National Fair Housing Month” in the State of Delaware. RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2021, AS THE ANNUAL “NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 25PassedHansenThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes April 18-24, 2021, as "Crime Victims' Rights Week" in the State of Delaware. Please visit the following websites for more information on Crime Victims’ Rights Week and the resources available to victims and survivors of crime. Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at https://dcadv.org Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force, at https://delawarevictimservices.org RECOGNIZING APRIL 18-24, 2021, AS "CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 30PassedWilsonThis resolution recognizes April 26 - May 1, 2021 as "Auctioneers Week" in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 26 - MAY 1, 2021 AS "AUCTIONEERS WEEK" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HR 8PassedBriggs KingThis Resolution recognizes April 18, 2021 through April 24, 2021 as “National Medical Laboratory Professional Week”.A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE WEEK OF APRIL 18, 2021 THROUGH APRIL 24, 2021 AS NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK.
HA 1 to HB 150PWBBriggs KingThis amendment helps ensure a more standardized approach to the assessments and accreditation processes and helps to assure better product safety. 
HA 3 to HB 82StrickenD. ShortThis amendment clarifies that the Executive Director position created by the act will be an exempt position and will become effective 30 days after enactment of the act. 
HA 1 to HB 136PassedLynnThis amendment changes the number of the section of Chapter 7, Title 13 that is being added by House Bill No. 136 to avoid confusion is §728A of Chapter 7A of Title 13. 
SR 11PassedLockmanThis Resolution declares April 22, 2021 as "Stand Against Racism Day" in Delaware. PROCLAIMING APRIL 22, 2021 AS "STAND AGAINST RACISM DAY" IN DELAWARE.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 83SignedSchwartzkopfIn January 2020, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections that they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation that was enacted by the 150th General Assembly in 2019 or as they reviewed titles of the Code. While technical in nature, these changes are beyond the authority of the Code Revisors to make and can only be done by the General Assembly through legislation. This Act also includes technical corrections identified outside of the list provided by the Code Revisors. This Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage to err on the side of caution because some of the sections of the Delaware Code being revised may require a super-majority vote under the Delaware Constitution. This Act also makes basic technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. An explanation of the changes made by each Section of the Act follows: Section 1. This Section corrects a typographical error. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the correct spelling of the name of the holiday is “Veterans Day.” Section 2. House Amendment No. 1 to Senate Bill No. 44 of the 150th General Assembly made only the first and second violations of § 904(f) of Title 4 a civil violation. However, the language added by HA 1 to SB 44 did not indicate how to classify third or subsequent violations, leading to ambiguity. This Section clarifies that a third or subsequent violation of § 904(f) of Title 4 is an unclassified misdemeanor. Section 3. This Section corrects the form of the citation to the Administrative Procedures Act in in § 903 of Title 7 because it was improperly drafted in House Bill No. 6 of the 150th General Assembly. Section 4. This Section corrects a drafting error made in House Bill No. 350 of the 150th General Assembly. As enacted, § 607A(f) of Title 11 states that the person charged with violating the section’s prohibition of chokeholds decides if other charges are filed against them. This Section revises subsection (f) to reflect the intent of HB 350, which is not to preclude other charges from being brought against a person charged under § 607A(f) of Title 11. Section 5. This Section corrects a drafting error made in House Bill No. 246 of the 150th General Assembly. The word-wrapping in HB 246 caused a phrase and a sentence that had been at the end of § 761(g) of Title 11, where it applied to current paragraphs (g)(1) to (g)(3), to become part of only (g)(3). This Section revises § 761(g) of Title 11 so that both the phrase and sentence clearly apply to paragraphs (g)(1)a. through (g)(1)c. by moving the phrase to the beginning of subsection (g) and the sentence is redesignated. Section 6. This Section corrects a drafting error in House Bill No. 77 of the 150th General Assembly. In HB 77, the second sentence of § 827 of Title 11 did not exist in the Code but was not underlined. Under § 109(d)(1) of Title 1, because the sentence was not underlined, it could not be added to the Code. HB 77 repealed “or home invasion” from the first sentence of § 827 of Title 11. This Section adds the sentence that was not underlined in HB 77 to § 827 of Title 11 because the sentence corresponds to the change HB 77 made in the first sentence, by addressing multiple offenses involving home invasion burglary. Section 7 and Section 9. These Sections change the word “person” to “individual” in § 1123 and § 1126 of Title 11, when referring to someone under the age of 21, consistent with how this change was enacted by Senate Substitute No. 1 for SB 25 of the 150th General Assembly in other sections of this chapter. Section 8. This Section revises § 1125 of Title 11 by removing references to § 1124 of Title 11 which was repealed by Senate Substitute No. 1 for SB 25 of the 150th General Assembly. Section 10. This Section corrects the name of the Division identified in § 4213 of Title 11. Section 4213 of Title 11 references the Division of Drug Abuse Control, which was abolished by Executive Order in 1974. Under that Executive Order, the Division of Drug Abuse Control’s duties were assumed by what is now the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Section 11. This Section corrects an error in Senate Substitute No. 1 to Senate Bill No. 37 of the 150th General Assembly. This Section clarifies that an offense listed in § 4373(1)b. of Title 11 may be a misdemeanor or a violation, as one of the Code sections on the list, § 821 of Title 11, is a violation, not a misdemeanor. Section 12. This Section corrects an internal reference in § 8405 of Title 11. House Bill No. 2 of the 148th General Assembly added a new subsection (d) to § 8405 of Title 11, which changed the designation of the existing subsection (d) to subsection (e). However, no corresponding change was made in subsection (a) of § 8405 of Title 11 which references the subsection that was designated (d) before the enactment of HB 2. This Section corrects the reference in § 8405(a) to subsection (e) and the name of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Section 13. This Section adds the words “disposition of” to correct the name of the document referenced in §1313 of Title 12. These words were omitted from House Bill No. 335 of the 150th General Assembly in error. Section 14. This Section corrects the name of the federal agency that administers Department of Veterans Affairs benefits in § 3981 of Title 12. Section 15. This Section corrects drafting errors made in Senate Bill No. 148 of the 150th General Assembly to correct a reference to the Code and conform § 1008 of Title 14 to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. Section 16. This Section corrects a drafting error made in Senate Bill No. 187 of the 150th General Assembly. House Bill No. 12 of the 150th General Assembly, which revised § 347 of Title 31, governing the Provider Advisory Board for OCCL, was enacted on July 31, 2019, after being passed by the Senate on June 19, 2019. SB 187 transferred the Office of Child Care Licensing (“OCCL”) from the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families to the Department of Education. However, instead of transferring the existing OCCL subchapter from Title 31 to Title 14, SB 187 repealed Subchapter III of Chapter 3 from Title 31 and created it as a new Chapter 30A in Title 14. SB 187 was introduced and passed both chambers on June 30, 2019 and enacted on August 5, 2019. SB 187 repealed § 347 of Chapter 31 and used the pre-HB 12 language for § 347 to create a new statute, § 3007A, for the Provider Advisory Board in Chapter 30A of Title 14. Because SB 187 was enacted after HB 12, the revisions made by HB 12 did not transfer to the new § 3007A of Title 14. The Synopsis of SB 187 does not indicate that the legislation makes any revisions to the provisions of the Code governing OCCL. This Section restores the changes enacted by HB 12 to the Provider Advisory Board. Section 17. This Section corrects the name of the entity that administers the Ivyane D.F. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund (“Fund”). Senate Bill No. 235 of the 149th General Assembly gave responsibility for administering this Fund to the Child Protection Accountability Committee instead of the Child Placement Review Board, which no longer exists. However, the corresponding changes to the “Board” in § 3445 of Title 14 were not changed to “Committee”. This Section replaces the word “Board” with the word “Committee” throughout § 3445 of Title 14 to correctly reference the entity that administers the Fund. Section 18. This Section corrects a drafting error in Senate Bill No. 3 of the 149th General Assembly by revising the definition of “stillbirth” in § 3101 of Title 16 to include a birthweight of 350 grams instead of birthweights in excess of 350 grams. This conforms the definition to the applicable standard for reporting fetal deaths. Sections 19 through 21. These Sections remove reference to § 4761(b) of Title 16 from other sections of Title 16, because § 4761(b) was repealed by Senate Bill No. 47 of the 150th General Assembly. Section 22. Chapter 87 of Title 18 was enacted by House Bill No. 193 of the 150th General Assembly. This section corrects the citation to the Affordable Care Act in § 8701 of Title 18 which was incorrectly drafted in HB 193. Section 23. This Section corrects an engrossing error made when Senate Bill No. 266 of the 146th General Assembly was enacted. Senate Amendment No. 1 to SB 266 only changed line 32 of SB 266 but line 33 was also deleted. This Section restores the language from line 33 of SB 266, so the sentence has the complete name of the special license plate. Sections 24 through 25. These Sections remove references to § 1012 of Title 10 from § 2702 and § 2707 of Title 21, because § 1012 was repealed by House Bill No. 197 of the 150th General Assembly. This Section also removes additional references to repealed sections of the Delaware Code. Section 26. This Section removes a reference to paragraph (a)(3)d. of § 3708 of Title 24 because paragraph (a)(3)d. was repealed by House Bill No. 43 of the 150th General Assembly. Section 27. Senate Bill No. 18 of the 150th General Assembly repealed paragraph (c)(6) of § 707 of Title 26 but did not make any corresponding revision to § 315(e) [Effective June 14, 2025] of Title 26 which cites the repealed paragraph. This Section revises § 315(e) of Title 26 by removing the reference to the repealed paragraph. Sections 28 through 35. House Bill No. 66 of the 150th General Assembly changed the name of the Department of Transportation’s “Capital Improvements Program” to “Capital Transportation Program” in §§ 8409 and 8419 of Title 29 and incorrectly changed the name of the “State Capital Improvement Program” in § 8409(b)3)a. of Title 29. HB 66 did not revise the name of the Department of Transportation’s “Capital Improvement Program” everywhere the program is mentioned in the Code. These sections correct the names of both the “Capital Transportation Program” and the “State Capital Improvement Program” throughout the Code for clarity and consistency. Section 36. This section repeals subsection (l) of § 6960 of Title 29 because when House Bill No. 145 of the 148th General Assembly created the Prevailing Wage Advisory Committee (“Committee”), it also sunset the Committee in 2019. Section 37. House Bill No. 127 of the 150th General Assembly revised § 8721 of Title 29. In the last sentence of subsection (b) of § 8721, HB 127 used the words “Executive Director and staff” instead of “employees” but did not strike through the existing word, employees, or underline “Executive Director and staff.” This section replaces the word “employees” with the words “Executive Director and staff” as intended by HB 127. Section 38. Senate Bill No. 125 of the 150th General Assembly did not use strike through and underline when moving the commas in § 1606(d) of Title 30. This section corrects the placement of the commas. Sections 39 through 41. House Bill No. 232 of the 150th General Assembly increased the jurisdictional limit of the Justice of the Peace Court to $25,000. These sections make corresponding changes to §§ 9536, 9572, and 9583 of Title 10. Sections 42 through 44. Senate Bill No. 195 of the 150th General Assembly revised the Charter of Greenwood (“Charter”). Sections 42 and 43 correct typographical errors in Section 19 and 27 of the Charter. Section 44 corrects the hierarchy in Section 44 of the Charter.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 1, TITLE 2, TITLE 4, TITLE 7, TITLE 10, TITLE 11, TITLE 12, TITLE 14, TITLE 16, TITLE 17, TITLE 18, TITLE 21, TITLE 24, TITLE 26, TITLE 29, AND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE AND THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF GREENWOOD RELATING TO TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
SB 91PassedGayThis Act leverages technological advances to allow Family Court the flexibility to permit litigants to publish through a legal notices website established by the Court. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, including to ensure the consistency of language used throughout the provisions included in this Act.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 AND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLICATION.
SB 97PassedEnnisThis bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to update the Delaware Commercial Feed Law of 1967. Changes to this law include updating language to align with current industry terminology and includes applicable language from the most recent version of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Uniform State Bill, which is designed to create uniformity amongst states. This bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to add criteria for defining an adulterated feed and adjusts penalties for violators of this chapter. The proposed changes will provide clarity to distributers and Department staff regarding product labeling, registration, and violations as well as providing updated terminology to make regulating this program more efficient. This bill also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 3 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COMMERCIAL FEEDS.
SB 96 w/ SA 1 + HA 1PassedEnnisThis bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to update the Delaware Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Law of 1971. Changes to this law include updating language to align with current industry terminology and includes applicable language from the most recent version of the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) Uniform State Bill, which is designed to create uniformity amongst states. This bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to impose product registration and tonnage fees to better reflect current market rates and to assist the Department in funding costs associated with inspections, sampling and analysis for this chapter; to adjust requirements for current registering of Delaware mixing facilities and custom fertilizer blends. The proposed changes will give clarity to distributers and Department staff regarding product labeling, registration, and deficiencies as well as providing updated terminology to make regulating this program more efficient. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 3 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS AND SOIL CONDITIONERS.
HCR 27PassedWilson-AntonThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes Ramadan and Muslim residents of this State as they observe Ramadan.RECOGNIZING THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN AND MUSLIM RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE AS THEY OBSERVE RAMADAN.
SA 1 to SB 96PassedEnnisThis amendment would gradually increase the rate of the inspection fee in Section 2106 of Title 3 over a period of three years, instead of having the entire increase become effective immediately. In addition, the amendment authorizes the Department of Agriculture to adopt policies and regulations regarding the registration and distribution of plant biostimulants, when their use, registration, or distribution is permitted by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 55PassedSokolaThis Act creates emergency access to epinephrine that allows an institution of higher education to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine autoinjectors if an employee or agent has completed a training program. This Act allows the individual who has completed the training program to provide an epinephrine autoinjector to someone experiencing anaphylaxis for immediate self-administration or administer an epinephrine autoinjector to someone experiencing anaphylaxis. Before an individual administers an epinephrine autoinjector under this Act, the individual must notify EMS immediately, and after administration, must report the administration to the prescribing health-care provider. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the creation of the new subchapter and to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual..AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL ACCESS TO EPINEPHRINE AUTOINJECTORS.
SB 76SignedSturgeonThis Act authorizes the distribution of testing strips to determine the presence of fentanyl or fentanyl-related substances. Fentanyl testing strips could be distributed to the community along with opioid overdose reversal medication as a harm reduction strategy in the opioid addiction crisis. A number of states have authorized fentanyl testing strips distribution in recent years including Maryland, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Twenty-seven states currently provide fentanyl testing strips through needle exchange programs. According to an April 2019 Delaware Health Alert published by the Department of Health and Social Services, fentanyl is a potent opioid that is increasingly being mixed into illicitly sold drugs, often without the buyer’s knowledge. In Delaware, fentanyl was involved in 72% of overdose deaths during 2018, up from 58% in 2017 according to the state’s Division of Forensic Science. During 2018, there were more fatal overdoses than any year on record with 400 deaths. This Act exempts fentanyl testing strips from the drug paraphernalia statute. This Act provides the limitations on liability for lay individuals and organizations in Section 1 of this Act because of the extraordinary epidemic of death that is occurring in Delaware as a result of fentanyl being mixed into illicit drugs. It is similar to liability exemptions under § 8135(b) of Title 10 and § 6801 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code for certain types of volunteers and Good Samaritans and is an exception to the general public policy against civil immunity. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FENTANYL TESTING STRIPS.
SB 84SignedSturgeonThis Act elevates medication diversion out of the definition of abuse for the sake of clarity and is not intended to change existing reporting obligations for facilities under Subchapter III of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code (“Subchapter III”). This Act ensures reporting requirements are triggered for facilities and hospitals covered by Subchapter III if medication diversion occurs in the facilities or hospitals. Reporting is essential to the Department of Justice’s ability to prosecute and recommend treatment, when appropriate, for the person committing medication diversion. Finally, this Act makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, including standardizing the order of words in the phrase “abuse, neglect, mistreatment, financial exploitation, or medication diversion” to ensure consistency. Medication diversion poses a threat to patient and resident safety in long-term care facilities, psychiatric facilities, nursing facilities, and hospitals. Risks include patients and residents receiving inadequate pain relief, exposure to infectious diseases from contaminated needles and drugs, and potentially unsafe care. The Drug Enforcement Administration recognizes 5 classes of drugs that are frequently abused: opioids, depressants, hallucinogens, stimulants, and anabolic steroids. Opioid abuse is the major cause of medication diversion. Medication diversion is commonly underreported. The sooner medication diversion is reported, the sooner interventions can be made to protect the health and safety of a patient or resident and to provide drug treatment or other help to a healthcare worker.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ABUSE, NEGLECT, MISTREATMENT, FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OR MEDICATION DIVERSION OF RESIDENTS OR PATIENTS.
SCR 19PassedWilsonThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes September 2021 as "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" in the State of DelawareRECOGNIZING SEPTEMBER 2021 AS "PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS" MONTH IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SCR 26PassedLockmanThis Senate Concurrent Resolution designates the month of April as “Volunteer Month” in Delaware. DESIGNATING APRIL AS “VOLUNTEER MONTH” IN DELAWARE.
HA 2 to HB 112PassedSchwartzkopfThis amendment removes the mandate that errors or omissions in the information provided by the managing agent incorporated into the resale certificate is a per se violation of the Consumer Fraud Act of Delaware. 

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Senate Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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