Daily Report for 3/24/2022

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 80PassedLawsonThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 29, 2022 as "National Vietnam War Veterans Day" in Delaware.RECOGNIZING MARCH 29, 2022 AS "NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
SR 28PassedPooreThis resolution recognizes March 2022 as "Endometriosis Awareness Month" in Delaware to help raise awareness, promote research, and show support to its sufferers.RECOGNIZING MARCH 2022 AS "ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH" IN DELAWARE.
SA 1 to SB 247PassedGayThis amendment makes two technical corrections. 
HB 347CommitteeK. WilliamsThis Act makes patronizing a prostitute a Class G felony with a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 unless the actor has been convicted of the same offense in the last 5 years, in which case it is a Class F felony with a mandatory minimum fine of $2,000. This Act makes patronizing a prostitute by agreeing to engage in sexual contact with a person younger than 18 years of age, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the person at the time of the offense, a class D Felony. This Act also makes patronizing a prostitute within 1,000 feet of any school, residence, church, synagogue, or other place of worship a class F Felony with a minimum mandatory fine of $2,000.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PATRONIZING A PROSTITUTE.

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 308SignedSchwartzkopfA disability pension for Delaware State Police officer and County and Municipal police officers and firefighters is only for those first responders who suffer injuries on the job such as being shot or assaulted while effecting an arrest or getting burned while putting out a fire. Many who suffer these injuries while doing their job protecting the citizens of this State are unable to return to their jobs as police officers or firefighters. Under the current law, these officers and firefighters who receive a disability pension and have not reached normal retirement date must report total earnings from any gainful employment or business each year. If the officer or firefighter receives earnings over the current base pay of the officer’s or firefighter’s rank at the time of the disability, such excess must be deducted from the disability pension. However, such provision does not apply to officers and firefighters who have reached normal retirement date. This bill treats officers and firefighters who have not reached normal retirement date the same as those who have by removing the provision that requires a deduction in disability benefits if the officer or firefighter earns more than what the officer’s or firefighter’s base pay was at the time of disability. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DISABILITY PENSIONS FOR DELAWARE STATE POLICE AND COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS.
SB 246PassedMantzavinosDelaware’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was intended to create a State-wide and generally applicable standard for citizens’ access to public records and to further the accountability of government to the citizens of this State. To ensure consistency in the processing of requests for public records, and to ensure the goals of FOIA are being realized, this bill amends earlier-enacted provisions in the Delaware Insurance Code and Administrative Procedures Act related to public inspection of State agency documents to incorporate by reference the requirements of the later-enacted FOIA statute. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INSPECTION OF PUBLIC RECORDS.
HCR 62PassedWilson-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.
HCR 63PassedGriffithThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes March 26, 2022, as “Epilepsy Awareness Day” and requests that the Governor issue a proclamation declaring the same. The Resolution encourages the State agencies and all Delawareans to undertake suitable efforts to increase epilepsy awareness throughout the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING MARCH 26, 2022, AS "EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY” AND REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO ISSUE A PROCLAMATION FOR THE OCCASION.
HCR 65PassedMinor-BrownThis Resolution celebrates March 22nd through March 28th, annually, as "World Doula Week" in the State of Delaware. CELEBRATING MARCH 22 THROUGH MARCH 28, ANNUALLY, AS "WORLD DOULA WEEK" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HCR 64PassedLonghurstThis Resolution designates March 24th as Delaware Women and Girls STEM Day to celebrate and empower women and girls in STEM fields and promote STEM literacy and education in Delaware.DESIGNATING MARCH 24TH AS DELAWARE WOMEN AND GIRLS STEM DAY.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 210SignedParadeeThis Act responds to the promulgation of final federal regulations, 85 FR 74010, for state-sponsored savings programs under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (“ABLE”), through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible individual with a disability to meet qualified disability expenses. The federal regulations, among other things, resolve questions related to who may establish and exercise signature authority over an ABLE account. The final regulations clarify that an eligible individual with legal capacity may delegate signature authority to any other person and provide a hierarchy of persons who may establish or exercise signature authority over an ABLE account for an individual without legal capacity. The final regulations also clarify that expenses incurred at a time when a designated beneficiary is neither disabled nor blind are not qualified disability expenses. The Act makes changes to Chapter 96A of Title 16 of the Delaware Code for the sole purpose of conforming the Code to these aspects of the final regulations.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM.
SB 218 w/ SA 1SignedLopezThis Act, known as the Living Donor Protection Act, prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s status as a living organ or tissue donor in the offering, issuance, cancellation, coverage, price, or other condition of an insurance policy, including a life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance policy. At least 20 states have similar laws, including Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LIVING DONOR PROTECTION ACT.
SB 230SignedPooreThis Act removes the exemption in § 543(d)(4) of Title 4 (reduced distance requirements based on population growth) to the prohibition against granting a license for the sale of alcoholic liquor if there is an existing licensed establishment of similar type within either of the following: (1) A ½ mile by accessible public road or street in any incorporated city or town. (2) Within 3 miles by accessible public road or street in any unincorporated or rural area. This Act permits the Commissioner to grant a new license if all of the following apply: (1) The licensee desires to move the location of the license due to the destruction of the building, loss of lease, diversion of highway traffic pattern, or similar reason beyond the control of the licensee. (2) The application meets the requirements of § 543(d) of Title 4 of the Delaware Code and the other requirements of Title 4. (3) The new license does not result in the licensee moving the location more than 500 feet in an incorporated city or town or a ½ mile in an unincorporated or rural area.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS.
SCR 77PassedParadeeThis Senate Resolution recognizes August 23rd as "Random Acts of Kindness Day" in the State of Delaware and encourages the public to participate in random acts of kindness to increase happiness, unite the community, and increase the well-being of our residents. RECOGNIZING AUGUST 23RD AS RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 259PassedLambertThis Amendment does all of the following: 1. Provides clear authority for emergency alerts to be sent to wireless devices using systems created after the system that is currently in use. 2. Revises the definition of "catastrophic release" to use the term "extremely hazardous substance" because that term is defined in § 7705 of Title 7, and to clarify that the risk to public health extends beyond the property boundaries of the facility. 3. Revises the definition of "extremely hazardous substance list" to better align with Chapter 77 and the regulations required under § 7707 of Title 7 because the regulations use different terminology. 4. Clarifies that alerts must be sent to wireless devices if the catastrophic release requires the public to take protective action. 

Senate Committee Assignments

Committee
Corrections & Public Safety
Education
Health & Social Services

House Committee Assignments

Committee
Appropriations
Education
Judiciary

Senate Committee Report

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House Committee Report

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Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

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Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

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