Daily Report for 3/22/2022

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 78PassedLawsonThis Senate Concurrent Resolution honors the Meals on Wheels program for providing invaluable and irreplaceable service to our aging population. Additionally, the Modern Maturity Center in Kent County is the program's backbone, delivering nutritious meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities at significant risk of hunger and isolation.HONORING DELAWARE MEALS ON WHEELS FOR PROVIDING INVALUABLE AND IRREPLACEABLE SERVICES FOR OUR POPULATION
SA 2 to HB 176PassedWalshThis amendment revises House Bill No. 176 by doing all of the following: 1. Deletes “root system” from the definition of “tree”. 2. Deletes the addition of "other grounds" to the areas that a landlord must maintain to prevent the accumulation of standing water. 3. Deletes the addition of the word "and" to § 7008(a)(13) because it is unnecessary. 4. Deletes language added by House Amendment No. 1, limiting the exception to areas that a landlord must maintain to prevent the accumulation of standing water to those areas that do not contain a constructed community asset. 5. Revises the requirements for maintenance of trees by doing all of the following: • Reorganizes the paragraph, retaining the revision made by House Amendment No. 1, updating the reference to the group that currently establishes industry standards for tree maintenance. • Clarifies that the removal of a tree means removing the stump below the surface of the ground. • Repeals the details of trees that a landlord must maintain because those details are currently in the definition of “tree” under § 7003 of Title 25. 6. Makes this Act effective 6 months after its enactment into law. 
HA 3 to HB 205PassedLambertThis Amendment authorizes the EARNS Program Board to limit eligibility to participate in the Program to categories of employees whose participation would not cause an increase in administrative or management fees, clarifies the definition of “Specified tax-favored retirement plans”, permits the Board to discuss choosing diverse financial firms to act as providers of investment advisory services and authorizes the establishment of a grant program to support small businesses that might need economic support to purchase software or other services necessary to implement the Program. Additionally, the amendment authorizes the Board to engage the firm responsible for conducting annual audits, gives the Board exclusive authority to ensure compliance with program requirements, establishes enforcement and compliance procedures and makes certain other non-substantive changes. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 145 w/ HA 4PassedGriffithThis Act will allow Delaware residents two new deductions from personal income tax. The first is a deduction from taxable income of up to $1,000 for contributions to an account in a Delaware-sponsored qualified tuition program, as that term is defined under 26 U.S.C. § 529 (a “529” College Savings Plan). The second is a deduction from taxable income of up to $5,000 for contributions to an account in a Delaware-sponsored ABLE program, as that term is defined under 26 U.S.C. § 529A (a “529A” Savings Account - a special account for meeting the needs of certain individuals with disabilities). The 529 and 529A deduction is only applicable to the Delaware-sponsored plan. A transfer or rollover from another account authorized under 26 U.S.C. §§ 529 and 529A or for a change in beneficiary of any such account does not qualify for the deduction. This Act takes effect on the date the Secretary of Finance provides written notice to the Registrar of Regulations that the Division of Revenue has implemented the personal income tax release of the Internal Revenue Administration System.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COLLEGE SAVINGS AND “ABLE” SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
HB 271SignedHeffernanThe Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) is charged with providing transitional and independent living services for youth ages 14 to 21. The Division of Family Services (DFS) contracts for case management services for youth ages 16 to 21, with services designed to promote self-sufficiency and responsible living for young adults who are aging out of foster care. Participants receive life skills training and personal development, mentoring, tuition assistance, and support with transitional housing. Participants may also qualify to receive needs-based stipends through ASSIST (Achieving Self Sufficiency & Independence through Supported Transition) to help with living expenses. DFS recently changed the name of the Independent Living Program to the “Transitional and Independent Living Program” to better reflect the comprehensive nature of services offered to youth. This bill updates references to the program to include “transitional” and independent living services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government provided additional funding to support young adults who were eligible for independent living services until age 27. The intent was to provide additional support for youth and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their housing and employment status. DFS exercised this additional funding authority via a mandatory directive from the DFS Director. While the mandatory directive provision expanding services expired in October 2021, DFS decided it would continue providing independent living services for youth until age 23 because of the success observed on behalf of youth. This mandatory directive provision will expire in September 2022, and this bill will grant DFS the statutory authority to continue providing transitional and independent living services for youth until age 23. Expanding independent and transitional living services from age 21 to age 23 better aligns with case management requirements of housing assistance programs, will support youth with transitioning from post-secondary education programs into the workforce, and will help maintain a longer connection to youth required to complete federal reporting for DFS. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 13 AND 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE.
SB 205PassedGay The Bill expands the availability of free feminine hygiene products at all public and charter schools. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FREE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS.
SB 233 w/ SA 1CommitteeLockmanIn January 2021, of the 57 municipalities in this State, the following 12 municipalities had an agreement with the Department of Elections to use the State’s Voter Registration System to determine if a resident of the municipality is eligible to vote in a municipal election: Camden, Delaware City, Dover, Elsmere, Georgetown, Harrington, New Castle, Newark, Smyrna, Townsend, Wilmington, and Wyoming. Since January 2021, the General Assembly has adopted charter changes authorizing Laurel, Lewes, Milton, and Seaford to use the State’s Voter Registration System, and Milford adopted an ordinance to do so. The residents of the remaining municipalities are required to register with the municipality before voting in a municipal election. While some municipalities are exploring ending municipal voter registration requirements, and the General Assembly has authorized some to do so by changing their charter, this Act would do so for all municipalities as it relates to resident voters. A municipality would continue to be required to maintain municipal voter registration requirements for nonresident voters, as those voters would not be included in the State’s Voter Registration System. 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 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.
HCR 59PassedBaumbachThis House Concurrent Resolution proclaims the month of April 2022 as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month” in the State of Delaware.PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2022 AS “SIKH AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION MONTH” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HCR 61PassedBriggs KingThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes the impact of CHEER, a nonprofit organization that has provided seniors in Delaware with critical services for over half a century.HONORING CHEER, INC. FOR PROVIDING INVALUABLE AND IRREPLACEABLE SERVICES FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION.
SA 1 to SB 233PassedLockmanThis Amendment delays the implementation of the Act until July 1, 2024. 

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 254 w/ SA 1PassedGriffithThis Act requires all public schools that serve pupils in grades 7-12 that issue pupil identification cards to have printed on the identification cards the telephone or text numbers for the National Suicide Prevention and National Domestic Violence Hotlines and allows them to add the National Sexual Assault, Teen Dating Violence and Bullying Hotlines. The Act requires all public institutions of higher learning in Delaware, which issue student identification cards, to print on the student identification cards the telephone or text numbers for National Suicide Prevention, Domestic Violence Hotlines and local campus police or campus security telephone numbers and allows the institutions to add the National Sexual Assault Hotline number. This Act will be implemented for the 2022-2023 school year.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUPIL AND STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS.
HA 1 to HB 301PassedLonghurstThis amendment enables flexibility to have the mental health curriculum taught by certified community mental health providers, as well as teachers where appropriate. It also makes conforming changes to other sections of Title 14. 
HA 1 to HB 328PassedK. WilliamsThis amendment adds a 2/3 vote clause. 
SCR 79PassedS. McBrideThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 2022 as "Rare Kidney Disease Awareness Month" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MARCH 2022 AS “RARE KIDNEY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” IN DELAWARE.

Senate Committee Assignments

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Corrections & Public Safety
Education
Finance
Health & Social Services
Judiciary

House Committee Assignments

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Appropriations
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Labor
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

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House Committee Report

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Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure

Senate Defeated Legislation

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House Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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