Daily Report for 5/11/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 40PassedPettyjohnThis Concurrent Resolution designates the week of May 10, 2021 to May 16, 2021 as “National Charter Schools Week” and commends Delaware's charter public schools for their efforts in educating Delaware students.DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF MAY 10, 2021 TO MAY 16, 2021 AS NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK.
HB 181CommitteeLynnDelaware is one of a handful of states that has no cap other than unconscionability on interest rates for short-term consumer loans. Under Delaware case law, the unconscionability of an interest rate is decided by a court on a case by case basis. This Act caps interest rates at 20% for short-term consumer loans of $1,000 or less that must be repaid in less than 60 days and motor vehicle title loans. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 5 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INTEREST RATES ON LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS.
SB 134CommitteeParadeeThis Act reduces risks to the environment and public health by prohibiting food establishments from providing any of the following: 1. A single-service plastic straw, unless requested by a consumer. 2. A single-service plastic coffee stirrer, cocktail pick, or sandwich pick. In addition, this Act encourages food establishments not to use or sell food packaged outside of the food establishment in expanded polystyrene containers.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE USE OF SINGLE-SERVICE PLASTIC IMPLEMENTS AND POLYSTYRENE CONTAINERS IN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS.
HA 2 to HB 22PWBOsienskiThis Amendment removes language excluding motor vehicle manufacturers, manufacturers of motor vehicle equipment, and motor vehicle dealers from House Bill No. 22. 
SR 13PassedSturgeonThis Senate Resolution honors the memory and celebrates the life of the Honorable Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV, Governor of Delaware from 1977 to 1985, who departed this life on the eighth day of May 2021.HONORING THE MEMORY AND CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF THE HONORABLE PIERRE S. DU PONT IV, FORMER DELAWARE STATE REPRESENTATIVE, MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND GOVERNOR OF DELAWARE.
HS 1 for HB 93CommitteeBriggs KingThis bill creates the Grants-In-Aid Committee. The Committee is a joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives. The purpose of the Committee is to view applications for grants-in-aid and to develop and recommend to the Joint Finance Committee the grants-in-aid appropriations bill.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO GRANTS-IN-AID.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 98Out of CommitteePinkneySection 1 of this Act addresses a condition of confinement issue that could adversely affect inmate rehabilitation efforts by eliminating solitary confinement imposed by the sentencing court. Section 2 of this Act clarifies language in the Code that states inmates will be assigned to programs based on a risk and needs assessment relative to their criminogenic risk factors and that inmates are consequently assigned to programs that correspond with those criminogenic risk factors. Section 3 of this Act makes changes to recidivism reports compiled by the Statistical Analysis Center. Section 3 of this Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, including removing a deadline that has already occurred.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
SB 102CommitteeMantzavinosThis bill clarifies the original intent of House Bill No. 151 of the 147th General Assembly, which substantially revised the law relating to bail agent licensure and oversight, that individuals or businesses that loan or otherwise provide funds to bail agents for purposes of furnishing bail (“bail funders”) are themselves required to be licensed as bail agents. This clarification is necessary in light of certain members of the bail industry’s attempts to circumvent the requirements of HB 151, as reflected in the Superior Court opinion issued in the matter of Preferred Financial Services, Inc. v. A&R Bail Bonds LLC, et al., 2019 WL 315331 (Del. Super. January 23, 2019), aff’d 2019 WL 4042324 (Del. August 28, 2019). The bill also creates a standard term (“bail agent business entity”) to refer to business entities that advertise and act as bail agents and standardizes the use of the phrase throughout the subchapter. Section 2 provides a definition of “financial interest” and revises the provision regarding background check requirements to permit applicants to submit federal background check requests electronically through SBI. Section 3 of this bill clarifies that the duties of bail agents as set forth in Section 4333B(b) apply both to individual property bail agents and business entity licensees and also grants the Commissioner the authority to request from licensees financial statements and balance sheets in a form required by the Commissioner, bank statements, and other information deemed necessary by the Commissioner in her review of the business operations of licensees under this Chapter. Section 4 of this bill requires the automatic suspension of a bail entity’s license if such entity’s designated responsible individual licensee is no longer in good standing and dictates that a designated responsible individual licensee is responsible for the business entity’s failure to comply with the relevant insurance laws. Sections 5 and 7 of this bill correct a typographical error in the original statute. Section 6 of this bill increases the amount of the bond that bail agents are required to file with the Department. Section 7 also sets forth the procedure for requesting a hearing in connection with a license application denial, which is consistent with the procedures set forth in Chapter 17 of the Insurance Code for producers. Section 8 of this bill includes additional record maintenance requirements in connection with the use of bail funders. Sections 9 and 10 make changes for technical and consistency purposes. Section 11 of this bill requires bail agents to substantively respond to Department inquiries within a reasonable timeframe, which is consistent with the requirements under Title 18’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (Ch. 23). Section 12 of this bill adds language regarding fines that may be imposed upon bail agents in lieu of or in addition to other penalties that may be imposed for violations of the laws of this State. This bill 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 BAIL BOND AGENTS.
SCR 33Passed SenatePinkneyThis Senate Concurrent Resolution requests that the United States Congress approve Delaware’s Community Project Fund request for fiscal year 2022 allocating funding to the Statewide Violence Reduction program, to be administered through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council. This fund will provide resources to evidence-based programs for gun violence intervention and prevention statewide, including the Group Violence Intervention program, community-based intervention and interruption programs, and hospital-based violence interruption, as well as prevention programs.REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS APPROVE DELAWARE'S COMMUNITY PROJECT FUND REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022 TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE STATEWIDE VIOLENCE REDUCTION PROGRAM THROUGH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COUNCIL TO REDUCE PREVENTABLE COMMUNITY GUN VIOLENCE USING EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES.
HCR 22PassedSchwartzkopfThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the month of April 2021 as "National Donate Life Month" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2021 AS "NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH" IN DELAWARE.
SB 117 w/ SA 1Out of CommitteeEnnisThis bill allows schools and school districts to submit an application to the Department of Education to have a school designated as a Purple Star School. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATION AND PURPLE STAR SCHOOLS.
SA 1 to SB 117PassedEnnisThis amendment changes the terminology in the bill from “campus” to “school” and makes it explicit that the bill applies to district and charter schools. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

No Legislation Passed By House

Senate Committee Assignments

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Environment & Energy

House Committee Assignments

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Administration
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce

Senate Committee Report

No Senate Committee Report

House Committee Report

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Administration
Corrections
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Judiciary

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

NomineeStatusCommission/BoardReappointment
Berberian, JackConfirmedMember of the Delaware Harness Racing CommissionReappointment
Wagner, Patricia A.ConfirmedMember of the Delaware Harness Racing CommissionReappointment