Daily Report for 5/19/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 48PassedPooreThis Concurrent Resolution extends the reporting date of the Non-Acute Patient Medical Guardianship Task Force from June 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021. EXTENDING THE REPORTING DATE OF THE NON-ACUTE PATIENT MEDICAL GUARDIANSHIP TASK FORCE.
HB 203CommitteeShupeThis Act proposes to limit the Governor’s abilities during a State of Emergency in regard to the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, exempting it from Title 20, Chapter 31. This Act also ensures that the reasons outlined in Title 29, §10003 for the public body requesting an extension to a FOIA request is an exhaustive list. This Act also adds Title 29, Chapter §10008, which states that the Governor may not suspend FOIA during a state of emergency without a showing that FOIA prevents, hinders, or delays the State’s necessary actions in coping with the crisis at hand.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 20 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE SUSPENSION OF THE DELAWARE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA).
HA 3 to HB 22PWBLonghurstThis amendment adds many exclusions to the Right to Repair Act. 
SA 1 to SB 123PassedPooreThis amendment reinstates existing language that was previously deleted.  
SCR 44PassedMantzavinosThis Concurrent Resolution creates an Aging-in-Place Working Group that will develop a plan to guide policies designed to promote successful aging-in-place for seniors in Delaware. The group will deliver preliminary recommendations to the General Assembly by March 30, 2022. CREATING AN AGING-IN-PLACE WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES.
SB 143CommitteeMantzavinosThis bill creates a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for qualified expenses incurred by a family caregiver (claimant) to assist a qualified family member. To be qualified, a family member must be at least 18 years of age, must require assistance with one or more daily living activities as certified by a physician, and must be an immediate family member of the claimant or by marriage, blood, or adoption the claimant's great-grandparent, stepgrandparent, great uncle or great aunt, half brother or half sister, stepbrother or stepsister, stepparent, stepuncle or stepaunt, or first cousin. Subject to a number of limitations, a claimant may claim 50% of the costs of qualified expenses the claimant paid for in the year to which the claim relates. These expenses include amounts spent to improve the claimant's primary residence to assist the family member, equipment to help the family member with daily living activities, and obtaining other goods or services to help the claimant care for the family member. The maximum amount of credit that may be claimed each year for a particular family member is $2,000 or $1,000 if married spouses file separately. If more than one claimant may file a claim related to that family member, the amount of credit each may claim is based on the percentage of the family member's qualified expenses for which each claimant paid during the year. No credit may be claimed by a claimant whose taxable income in the year to which the claim relates exceeds $75,000 if the claimant is single or is married and files separately or $150,000 if the claimant is married and files jointly. Generally under the bill, qualified expenses may not include general food, clothing, transportation, or household repair costs, or amounts that are paid or reimbursed by an insurance company or the government. The credit first applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2020. Because the credit is nonrefundable, it may be claimed only up to the amount of the claimant's tax liability. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INCOME TAX CREDITS.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 111SignedLynnIndividuals who are at very high risk of getting HIV can take pre-exposure prophylaxis (“PrEP”) medication to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. PrEP medication reduces the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99% if taken daily. This Act prohibits discrimination because an individual takes PrEP medication in the issuance or renewal of disability, long-term care, and life insurance.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION BASED ON PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS MEDICATION TO PREVENT HIV INFECTION.
HB 128 w/ HA 1SignedGriffithThis Act permits the extension of special education and related services to those students with a disability who turn 21 during the 2020-2021 school year to address unfinished learning as a result of the pandemic which resulted in the COVID-19 Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat declared by the Governor on March 12, 2020. The IEP for the child must be revised to reflect the specific basis for extending services and the specific education and related services that will be provided.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN.
SB 92CommitteePettyjohnCurrent law grants an active Delaware volunteer firefighter, active Delaware volunteer EMT, or life-member of a Delaware volunteer fire department who is a Delaware resident a free surf fishing vehicle permit each year. Current law allows an active Delaware volunteer firefighter, active Delaware volunteer EMT, or life-member of a Delaware volunteer fire department who is not a Delaware resident to purchase a surf fishing vehicle permit each year at the Delaware resident rate. This Act grants all of these individuals the option of choosing a surf fishing vehicle permit or an annual permit to enter state parks and recreation areas.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE PARKS.
HJR 3PassedSchwartzkopfThis House Joint Resolution establishes the Legislative Building Committee for the purpose of studying and recommending a plan to address the technology, security, and space needs for Legislative Hall.ESTABLISHING A LEGISLATIVE BUILDING COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDYING AND RECOMMENDING A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE TECHNOLOGY, SECURITY, AND SPACE NEEDS FOR LEGISLATIVE HALL.
SB 133Out of CommitteeSturgeonThe 2019 Delaware Literacy Plan (“Literacy Plan”) established a framework to address Delaware’s literacy challenges. The Literacy Plan concluded that a strong teacher preparation program should lay the foundation for teachers to be able to engage students in the essential components of evidenced-based reading instruction, known as the "science of reading." This Act incorporates the science of reading into Delaware’s public and charter schools by requiring, beginning July 1, 2023, that teacher preparation programs which prepare elementary school, early childhood education, or special education teachers or reading specialists must provide instruction in evidence-based reading instruction. It requires the Department of Education to establish a minimum number of hours of training that instructors in educator preparation programs must complete in evidence-based reading instruction. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

No Legislation Passed By House

Senate Committee Assignments

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Elections & Government Affairs
Finance
Health & Social Services

House Committee Assignments

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Administration
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Education
Gaming & Parimutuels
Natural Resources

Senate Committee Report

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Banking, Business & Insurance
Elections & Government Affairs
Executive
Labor
Legislative Oversight & Sunset
Transportation

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Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Education
Judiciary
Labor
Manufactured Housing
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

NomineeStatusCommission/BoardReappointment
Conaway, JoannConfirmedPublic Service CommissionReappointment
Drexler, Kim F.ConfirmedPublic Service CommissionReappointment
Karia, ManubhaiConfirmedPublic Service CommissionReappointment
O'Connell, KevinConfirmedChief DefenderNew
Schiltz, ToddConfirmedTax Appeal BoardReappointment
Winslow, Julian D.ConfirmedPublic Service CommissionReappointment