Daily Report for 4/7/2022

Governor's Actions

No legislation is Signed by Governor Today

New Legislation Introduced

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
SCR 82Passed SenateSturgeonThis Senate Concurrent Resolution supports the Department of Education's review of the requirements for educator certification and efforts to strengthen these requirements to include demonstrated knowledge of the essential components of evidence-based reading instruction, known as the "science of reading".SUPPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S REVIEW OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATIONS AND EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THESE REQUIREMENTS TO INCLUDE DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE OF THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF EVIDENCE-BASED READING INSTRUCTION.
HR 20PassedRamoneThis House Resolution honors the memory and celebrates the life of Mrs. Sue Barbetta, who departed this life in January of the year 2022 by establishing February 18th as “Lifelong Educator Day”. ESTABLISHING FEBRUARY 18TH AS “LIFELONG EDUCATOR DAY” TO HONOR THE MEMORY AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MRS. SUE BARBETTA, A FORMER TEACHER, AUTHOR, AND RUTHERFORD AND RED MILL FARMS RESIDENT.
HA 2 to HB 176PWBKowalkoThis Amendment restores language to House Bill No. 176 that was removed by Senate Amendment No. 2. Specifically, this Amendment restores both of the following to § 7008(a)(3)a. of Title 25: 1. A community owner's responsibility for preventing the accumulation of standing water on other grounds. 2. The clarification that the exemption does not apply to constructed community assets. 
HA 1 to HB 339PassedBushThis amendment clarifies that the 7-year period for the expiration of a lien runs from the date a convicted person sold, transferred, or lost their ownership interest in a property and not from the date of the criminal conviction. 
HA 1 to HB 372PassedOsienskiThis amendment substitutes language from House Amendment No. 7 to House Bill No. 305 relating to the impact of legalization and regulation on employers and employees. 

Legislation Passed By Senate

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 320SignedHeffernanIn 2000, the United States Federal Drug Administration ("FDA") first approved the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy ("REMS") for Mifeprex; and approved the generic version of Mifeprex, Mifepristone, in 2019. A regimen approved by the FDA in 2016 for Mifeprex and Mifepristone includes the use of Misoprostol. Under the REMS approved by the FDA, healthcare providers who wish to prescribe Mifepristone, Misoprostol, or Mifeprex must complete a Prescriber Agreement before ordering and dispensing the medication. Physicians assistants and advanced practiced registered nurses (APRNs) are healthcare providers who are eligible to prescribe these medications under the REMS. This bill allows physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe medication for the termination of pregnancy including Mifeprex, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 RELATING TO PRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS FOR THE TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY.
HCR 67PassedBaumbachThis Concurrent Resolution designates the week of April 3rd-9th, 2022, as “National Library Week” and calls upon Delawareans to support libraries.RECOGNIZING APRIL 3RD-9TH AS “NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK” IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Legislation Passed By House of Representatives

BillCurrent StatusSponsorSynopsisTitle
HB 311 w/ HA 2CommitteeGriffithThis Act clarifies the scope and protections for individuals with disabilities under the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law (DEAL) and further aligns definitions and scope of DEAL with federal law protecting individuals with disabilities from discrimination by places of public accommodation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. This Act is consistent with the Superior Court's decision in Ray v. State Human Rels. Comm'n, 2021 Del. Super. LEXIS 668, which held that "[a]ny interpretation to suggest the legislature made a choice to narrow DEAL's protection ignores both the express mandates and comprehensive guidance under DEAL. It takes away the right of a protected class member to be heard. As interpreted, Delaware law would need to reject what has been universally accepted." This alignment with federal law includes all of the following: 1. Using the same terms and definitions for those terms. 2. Clarifying that places of public accommodation must make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures, sometimes referred to as “reasonable accommodations”, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the program, business, or service. 3. Clarifying that a public accommodation must provide auxiliary aids and services, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the program, business, or service or be an undue burden. 4. Clarifying that places of public accommodation must remove physical barriers if doing so is readily achievable. 5. Clarifying that state investigations of complaints must apply the requirements under state law in a manner consistent with equivalent requirements under federal laws. This Act also does all of the following 1. Clarifies that an individual does not have to use the exact terms in DEAL to request a reasonable modification or auxiliary aids and services for the request to be covered by DEAL. 2. Extends the time to file a complaint under DEAL to 1 year. 3. Allows the Commission to waive the cost of transcript, upon application by a party. 4. Makes corresponding changes to the requirement under § 10006A of Title 29 that a public body allow a member with a disability to use electronic means of communication to attend a meeting because "reasonable modification" is the term now used under § 4504 of Title 6. The term "reasonable accommodation" is retained because that is the term used under state and federal law in employment contexts, which might apply to a member of public body. 5. Makes technical corrections to clarify existing law and conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EQUAL ACCOMMODATIONS.
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
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.
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.
HA 2 to HB 311PassedGriffithThis Amendment corrects a drafting error so that consistent with federal law, the exemption for religious organizations only applies to requirements to provide reasonable modifications for individuals with disabilities. This Amendment also aligns this exemption with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by making religious organizations completely exempt from the requirement. This Amendment also includes the change in House Amendment No. 1, revising the length of time to file a complaint under the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law so that instead of extending the deadline from the current 90 days to 1 year, a complaint must be filed no more than 180 days after the occurrence of the alleged discriminatory practice. The 180-day time limit is consistent with the time frames under federal law for filing administrative complaints based on discrimination with the Office of Civil Rights in both the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. Maryland and New Jersey also provide 180 days to file a complaint under the state equal accommodations law. 
HA 1 to HB 360PassedLonghurstThis Amendment expressly authorizes the Department of Finance to share information otherwise protected from disclosure pursuant to § 368 of Title 30 with other State agencies in order to carry out Section 2 of House Bill No. 360. The Amendment also ensures information shared with the Department will remain confidential.  

Senate Committee Assignments

Committee
Banking, Business & Insurance
Executive
Health & Social Services
Judiciary

House Committee Assignments

Committee
Administration
Appropriations
Education
Public Safety & Homeland Security

Senate Committee Report

No Senate Committee Report

House Committee Report

Committee
Health & Human Development
Judiciary

Senate Defeated Legislation

No Senate Defeated Legislation

House Defeated Legislation

No House Defeated Legislation

Nominations Enacted upon by the Senate

NomineeStatusCommission/BoardReappointment
DiMondi, WilliamConfirmedTrustee of the University of Delaware Board of TrusteesReappointment
Kelly, TerriConfirmedTrustee of the University of Delaware Board of TrusteesReappointment
Murphy, Terence ConfirmedTrustee of the University of Delaware Board of TrusteesReappointment
Neal, IvanConfirmedDelaware Interscholastic Athletic AssociationNew
Porretti, ClaudiaConfirmedTrustee of the University of Delaware Board of TrusteesReappointment
Simpler, KennethConfirmedBoard of Pension TrusteesNew