Daily Report for 6/25/2021

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 257CommitteeHeffernanThis Act modifies the existing fees and supporting fee structure for air quality natural minor permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. This Act creates a new subsection establishing fees associated with the natural minor permit program. The existing fees were established in a 1991 bill, but not codified. The fees have not been adjusted in almost 3 decades and as a result the program is not self-sustaining. This Act will allow for a phased approach to increase these fees, with the first increase intended to result in funding 50% of the program costs. Evaluations will occur before July 1 of 2024 and July 1 of 2027 with recommended adjustments to fund 75% and 100% of the program costs respectively. It also requires subsequent evaluations, to occur every three years, to ensure the fees are completely funding the program. Sources subject to fees pursuant to Subchapter VIII of this Chapter, who are not delinquent, are exempt from natural minor permit fees.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHANGES TO AIR QUALITY PERMITTING FEE STRUCTURE FOR NATURAL MINOR PERMITS.
HA 1 to SS 1 for SB 101PWBMinor-BrownThis amendment does all of the following: 1. Strikes a “whereas” clause referencing a University of Delaware study. 2. Eliminates the “notice to terminate or not renew a tenancy” as a triggering event for the right to representation. 3. Eliminates the obligation for the Court to continue the matter if tenant is unrepresented. 4. Requires that a tenant in a case involving rental arrears must be immediately referred to the Delaware Housing Assistance Program, and that part of the legal representation will be assisting a covered individual to apply for and obtain rental assistance. 5. Eliminates the minimum amount of arrears required prior to filing a summary possession action and eliminates the right of redemption. With this amendment, § 5502 of Title 25 will not be changed at all by this Act. 6. Moves the residential eviction diversion program from a “pre-filing” program to “post-filing” and reduces time for a tenant to engage in eviction diversion from 30 to 15 days before conducting any additional proceedings in the case. The amendment preserves the exceptions that would allow a landlord to opt out of participation in the diversion program – i.e., where substantial or irreparable harm to person or property exist. 7. Eliminates the provision requiring a landlord who has already obtained a final judgment that was stayed during the COVID emergency to make a motion to obtain a writ of possession. 
HB 258CommitteeBaumbachThis Act provides an August 1 deadline for minor political parties to nominate candidates for a general election. This change is necessary because under current law, the deadline for notification for candidacy for general elections is the same as the deadline for nomination of candidacy from primary elections. Thus, when House Bill No. 30 changes the date for primary elections from September to April, the deadline for minor political parties to nominate candidates for a general election also changes. This Act extends the deadline for minor political parties who are not required to nominate candidates for primary elections until August 1 in the year before the general election. It also revises the names of Part III and Chapter 33 so it is clear which elections are governed by each. This Act takes effect on January 2, 2024, the day after House Bill No. 30 is enacted, and does not take effect if House Bill No. 30 is not enacted. As such, this Act is drafted using the versions of the statutes as amended by House Bill No. 30. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF NOMINATION FOR MINOR POLITICAL PARTIES.
HA 2 to SB 147DefeatedLynnDelaware courts have held that factors relevant to a determination of whether a defendant’s use of force was justified are admissible. See, State v. Stephenson, 2014 Del. Super. LEXIS 305 (Del. Super. 2014); Kelly v. State, 981 A.2d 547 (Del. 2008); Tice v. State, 624 A.2d 399 (Del. 1993). Such factors include the defendant’s mental health and intellectual functioning, prior victimization, and knowledge or awareness of the victim’s past acts of violence. This amendment clarifies that, although the standard for use of force is changing from subjective to objective, the change does not alter or foreclose what evidence is admissible to determine whether the use of force by the defendant was justified under the totality of facts and circumstances of the case.  

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