Daily Report for 4/5/2022

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 83PassedGayThis resolution recognizes April 2 through 8, 2022 as “Week of the Young Child” in Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 2 THROUGH 9, 2022, AS "WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD" IN DELAWARE.
SCR 84PassedBoniniThis Resolution recognizes April 2022 as "Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month" in the State of Delaware. RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2022 AS "PARKINSON'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF THE DELAWARE.
SCR 85PassedRichardsonThis Resolution recognizes April 2022 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in the State of Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 2022 AS "CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH" IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
HCR 66PassedBaumbachThis House Concurrent Resolution proclaims the month of April 2022 as “Financial Literacy Month,” in the State of Delaware.PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2022 AS “FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH".
HCR 68PassedDorsey WalkerThis Concurrent Resolution recognizes April 6, 2022 as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority or “AKA Day at the Capitol” in Delaware.RECOGNIZING APRIL 6, 2022 AS ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY OR "AKA DAY AT THE CAPITOL" IN DELAWARE.
HA 1 to HB 355PassedLonghurstThis amendment clarifies that the Board, as revised by this Act, consists of 13 voting members. It also makes the Delaware City Town Manager an ex officio, rather than voting member of the Board. Finally the appointees by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore are directed to be a resident of Fort DuPont and of Delaware City respectively. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 224SignedPettyjohnThis Act raises the threshold limit requiring a building and loan association to obtain federal deposit insurance from $10,000,000 to $15,000,000. This threshold limit was last increased in 2019. The State Bank Commissioner does not oppose this change. 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 BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATION INSURANCE REGULATION.
SB 231CommitteeGayThis bill prohibits the use of gender, gender identity, or sex as a rating factor in personal automobile insurance policies. The Gender Disparities in Auto Insurance Pricing Report issued by the Delaware Department of Insurance and Consumer Federation of America shows that many insured Delaware women are charged more than men even when all other factors, including drivers’ history, are the same. Six states have similar existing laws: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO USE OF GENDER OR SEX AS A RATING FACTOR IN PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICIES.
SS 1 for SB 208PassedWalshSenate Bill No. 208 clarifies that an employer is liable to an employee for liquidated damages if the employer does not make wages available on the next payday after an employee quits, resigns, is discharged, suspended, or laid off. Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 208 revises these clarifications so it is clear which sections of existing law, §§ 1104 and 1107 of Title 19, provide the basis for an employer to have reasonable grounds to dispute that an employee is owed wages, and like SB 208, does not make any changes to existing law regarding when an employer may withhold or divert any portion of an employee’s wages: 1. Section 1104 of Title 19 requires that in a dispute over the amount of wages, the employer must pay all wages conceded by the employer to be due and the employee may pursue a claim for any balance claimed. 2. Section 1107 of Title 19 prohibits an employer from withholding or diverting any portion of an employee’s wages unless required or empowered to do so by state or federal law. Since 1979, Regulation 1328 of Title 19 of the Delaware Administrative Code has provided that an employer may, under written agreement, withhold wages for a cash advance or the value of goods and services, but withholding wages for damaged or unreturned property is a violation of § 1107 of Title 19. Specifically, Senate Substitute No. 1 for SB 208 differs from SB 208 by doing the following: 1. In subsection (a), includes the changes from Senate Amendment No. 1 to SB 208, which clarify the manner that final wages earned by a former employee must be provided and a date by which that payment must be made. The date by which an employer must pay final wages changes current law by extending the time, allowing an employer to make this payment the later of the next regular pay cycle or 3 days after the last day the employee worked. 2. In subsection (b), clarifies that §§ 1104 and 1107 of Title 19 provide the reasonable grounds that may be a basis for an employer to dispute that an employee is owed wages. 3. In subsection (c), revises the correction of the grammar in existing law so that it is clear that an employer is not in violation of Chapter 11 of Title 19 if the employer is unable to prepare payroll due to a labor dispute, power failure, weather catastrophe, epidemic, fire, or explosion. Like SB 208, this Substitute Bill also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual and revises the section heading to accurately describe the content of the section.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO AN EMPLOYER'S FAILURE TO PAY WAGES.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SB 238 w/ SA 1SignedPooreThis Act amends the Delaware City Charter to provide that the Mayor and Council may impose a 3% tax on gross rental income for any lot operating a park for recreational vehicles, load or truck campers, camping trailers, travel trailers, trailers, or motorhomes, located within the boundaries of the city. The Act further amends the Delaware City Charter to provide that the Mayor and Council may impose a tax, of no more than 3%, on rents or lease payments from apartments and other leased premises that are not subject to City property taxes and that are located within the boundaries of the city. AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DELAWARE CITY RELATING TO REVENUE.
HA 1 to HB 279PassedBushThis Amendment deletes references to regulations and provides the Department of Health and Social Services with authority to determine if regulations should be adopted to implement and enforce the Act’s provisions. The Amendment also clarifies that the Act takes effect on January 1, 2023.  

Senate Committee Assignments

Committee
Education
Elections & Government Affairs
Health & Social Services

House Committee Assignments

Committee
Administration
Agriculture
Manufactured Housing

Senate Committee Report

Committee
Corrections & Public Safety
Legislative Oversight & Sunset

House Committee Report

Committee
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SS 1 for SB 187 w/ HA 1SignedS. McBrideElectric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular. Between 2012 and 2016, EV sales grew at an annual rate 32%. In 2017, growth in sales reached 45%. Batteries for EVs have become much cheaper in the last 10 years, enabling EVs to compete with traditional, fossil-fueled vehicles. In addition, major vehicle manufacturers are pledging to go all electric. Some researchers are predicting that EV sales will outnumber those of traditional, combustion engine vehicles by 2040. However, only minimal electrical charging infrastructure is available today. Like Senate Bill No. 187, this Substitute will make it easier and more convenient to own an electric vehicle in this State in the years to come, resulting in increased purchases of electric vehicles, promoting cleaner air and water, and resulting in improved health outcomes for Delawareans and a reduction of greenhouse gases to curtail global warming. Specifically, like Senate Bill No. 187, this Substitute achieves these ends by requiring municipalities with a population of 30,000 or more to develop a procedure to obtain permission for the installation of an electric vehicle charging station on real property zoned for residential use that abuts a residential street. This Substitute differs from Senate Bill No. 187 as follows: (1) By removing the requirement that an ordinance adopted by a municipality establish the qualifications required by the licensed electrician who installs an electric vehicle charging station. (2) By clarifying that a municipality may not require an individual owner of real property to install an electric vehicle charging station for another person, including a tenant, guest, or customer, unless the requirement is adopted as part of a municipal zoning or building code that is of general applicability. This Substitute Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because § 1 of Article IX of the Delaware Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly to amend a municipal charter, whether directly, by amendment to a specific municipality’s charter, or, as in this Act, indirectly, by a general law.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 22 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS.

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

No Records