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150th General Assembly 


House Bills

Number: HB 20
DHA Position: No Position
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

An Act to amend Title 14 of the Delaware Code relating to the Provision of Free Feminine Hygiene Products.  This bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can have a menstrual cycle. This bill also requires schools to publish on its website and post in its common areas the locations of the bathrooms where the hygiene products are provided. Finally, this bill provides that each school must consult with its school nurse regarding the products to be provided.
 

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Number: HB 21
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) Committee in House
 

An Act to amend Title 24 of the Delaware Code relating to an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact.  This Act adopts the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. The Compact benefits the public by improving continuity of care, increasing license portability for advanced practice registered nurses, and increasing access to APRN care. Under the Compact, APRNs licensed in a Compact member state may practice in another Compact member state. In adopting the Compact, the state-based licensure system is preserved but communication between states is enhanced. This Act takes limited effect for the purpose of establishing and convening the Interstate Commission of APRN Compact Administrators (Commission) to adopt rules relating to its operation when 7 states have enacted it into law.
 

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Number: HB 33
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) Committee in House

An Act to amend Title 24 of the Delaware Code relating to Physician Assistants.  This bill changes the relationship between physicians and physician assistants from supervisory to collaborative, in recognition of the evolving role of physician assistants and reflecting the education, training, and experience required for licensing, which emphasizes the team-based practice model. The bill retains a 1:4 ratio of physician assistants to physicians, unless a regulation of the Board increases or decreases the number. This limit of 1:4 does not apply to physicians and physician assistants who practice in the same physical office or facility building, such as an emergency department. This bill adds 2 physician assistants members recommended by the Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in lieu of 2 public members. The bill authorizes physician assistants to participate as uncompensated volunteers in public or community events.
 

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Number: HB 35
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Administration Committee in House

An Act to amend Title 14 of the Delaware Code relating to The Behavioral Health Professional of the Year.  This Act establishes a Behavioral Health Professional of the year award program throughout the State. Through this legislation, the state will formally honor and recognize the work behavioral health professionals, such as, school counselors, social workers, licensed clinical social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses.

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Number: HB 39
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House
 

An Act to amend Title 18 of the Delaware Code relating to Health Insurance.  This bill requires that inadvertent out-of-network services be included in individual and group health insurance policies as well as group and blank health insurance policies. This bill defines inadvertent out-of-network services are those services that are covered under a policy or contract of health insurances, but are provided by an out-of-network provider in an in-network facility, or when in-network health care services are unavailable or not made available to the insured in the facility. Inadvertent out-of-network services also includes laboratory testing ordered by an in-network provider but performed by an out-of-network laboratory.
 

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Number: HB 40
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

An Act to amend Title 24 of the Delaware Code relating to the Offer of an Ultrasound before Terminating a Pregnancy.  This Act requires a physician to offer a patient ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services before terminating a pregnancy and provides civil and criminal penalties for the failure of a physician to comply with this requirement. The patient is free to choose not to view the ultrasound or listen to the heartbeat. This Act is known as "The Woman's Ultrasound Right to Know Act."
 

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Number: HB 47
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Education Committee

An Act to amend Title 14 of the Delaware Code relating to Family Leave. In the 149th General Assembly House Bill No. 64 amended Title 29, Section 5120 to insure that mothers who are full time state employees may have up to 6 weeks of unpaid leave following the newborn(s) discharge from the hospital even if their FMLA benefits have been exhausted. This bill clarifies that school district employees are entitled to the same unpaid leave.

 

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Number: HB 48
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Health and Human Development Committee

An Act to amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code relating to the Delaware Healthcare Commission.  This Act establishes a Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program for New Primary Care to be administered by the Delaware Health Care Commission. Under the loan repayment program, the Health Care Commission may award education loan repayment grants to new primary care providers of up to $50,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years. Priority consideration may be given to DIMER-participating students and participants in Delaware based residency programs. Sites eligible to apply for grants on behalf of their new primary care providers must be located in underserved areas or areas of need and must accept Medicare and Medicaid participants. Grants to hospital sites must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the applicant hospital and the disbursement of grants from the program is contingent upon an initial, one-time contribution to the Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program, in an amount Fiscal Year 21 appropriation of State funds up to a maximum of $1 million, from Delaware health insurers. This Act also provides that the Delaware Healthcare Commission may award Health Care Provider Repayment grants on a prorated annual basis.  HA 1 which clarifies that the disbursement of grants is contingent upon an initial, one-time contribution to the Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program, in an amount Fiscal Year 22 appropriation of State funds up to an maximum of $1 million, from Delaware Health insurers was placed with the Bill.



 

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Number: HB 49
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Administration Committee

An Act to amend Tile 20 of the DE Code relating to Emergency Management. This Act recognizes the statutory authority of the Governor to act in the event of an emergency or disaster. During protracted emergencies and disasters, particularly those lasting more than 30 days, good governance requires participation by the General Assembly to approve renewal of Emergency Orders. This approval requirement may be waived only when it is not possible for both houses of the General Assembly to convene a quorum. The Governor retains the authority to terminate Emergency Orders without approval when the emergency or disaster has passed. Any new non-weather related emergency order issued within 6 months of the termination of a prior order and based upon substantially similar reasons shall be invalid unless approved by the General Assembly. Additionally, any non-weather related emergency order that requires the closure of any business, industry, religious, or non-profit facility must specifically delineate which type of business or facilities are to be closed.

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Number: HB 51
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

An Act to amend Title 21 of the Delaware Code relating to Driving a Vehicle While Under the Influence.  This Act clarifies Delaware’s driving under the influence (“DUI”) law related to intensive inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for felony DUI offenders. The current law has resulted in differing interpretations regarding treatment; specifically, whether treatment must be completed while incarcerated (Level V) or at home confinement (Level IV), rather than at community supervision (Level III or Level II). This has resulted in extending incarceration for some offenders or requiring out-of-state offenders to reside in Delaware to complete the mandated drug and alcohol abstinence program and drug and alcohol treatment program under § 4177(d)(9) of Title 21. Specifically, this Act clarifies when the required intensive inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, as approved by the Court or the Department of Correction, can take place. The required program may be completed while the offender is on any level of supervision, not just Level V or IV. The treatment program may also be completed by an offender after arrest and prior to adjudication. permits the Superior Court to sentence felony DUI offenders to commence intensive treatment at any level of supervision, including community supervision. This Act also requires offenders to complete treatment within 9 months of the date of sentence or the date of release from Level V or Level IV, unless the Superior Court has granted the offender an extension for good cause. If an offender does not complete the treatment as required, the Superior Court must impose the portion of the minimum sentence suspended by the Court for the offender’s participation in the program.

 

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Number: HB 52
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Health and Human Development Committee

An Act to amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code relating to Immunity For Donated Food. This Act makes Subchapter III consistent with the Bill Emerson Act by protecting a “gleaner” from civil or criminal liability as it relates to their donation of the gleaned food. Since the Bill Emerson Act only partially preempts state law on this subject, the State is free to provide greater protection than the Bill Emerson Act. Therefore, this Act does all of the following: 1. Extends to those who, in good faith, donate food to state agencies the same immunity from civil or criminal liability that is granted to those who, in good faith, donate food to nonprofit organizations. 2. Specifically includes within the definition of “food” both perishable food and wild game to makes it clear that food, in all of its forms, is covered by this Act. Thus, under this Act, those donating deer to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program would be immune from civil or criminal liability as it relates to the donation. 3. Protects a person who, in good faith, provides services to a nonprofit organization or state agency related to the processing of wild game that is donated to a nonprofit organization or a state agency. The bill also clarifies the authority of Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture relating to donated food.

 

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Number: HB 62
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee

An Act to amend Title 6 of the Delaware Code relating to the Prohibition of Excessive and Unconscionable Prices for Prescription Drugs.  This Act is based on a Model Act to Prevent Excessive and Unconscionable Prices for Prescription Drugs developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy. It prohibits manufacturers from raising the price of prescription drugs outside of certain market conditions that might justify a price hike. It is specifically limited to the prices charged to consumers in the State of Delaware for generic and off-patent drugs. It authorizes the Attorney General to investigate price increases identified by State agencies above a certain threshold. Manufacturers or distributors may be fined up to $10,000 per day for sales which violate the Act. Each sale of a drug excessively and unconscionably priced constitutes a separate violation. A manufacturer or distributor is prohibited from withdrawing a generic or off-patent drug for sale in this State to avoid application of the Act.

 

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Number: HB 63
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Administration Committee in House
 

An Act to amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code relating to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act.  This Act requires the Department of Health and Social Services to provide staff support for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
 

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Number: HB 65
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Administration Committee in House

An Act to amend Title 19, 29 and 30 of the Delaware Code relating to COVID-19 Related Unemployment Benefits, Assessments and Rulemaking Authority.  This bill provides COVID-19 related relief to both claimants receiving unemployment benefits and employers who are assessed unemployment taxes, and extends the end date of the Secretary of Labor’s COVID-19 related rulemaking authority. Section 1 waives the 13-week waiting period for the state to "trigger on" to pay extended unemployment benefits in periods of high unemployment. Section 2 establishes the 2021 new employer assessment rate, average industry assessment rate, and average construction industry assessment rate at the same rate as 2020 in order to avoid an increase in these rates as a result of the increase in unemployment claims due to COVID-19. Section 3 extends the provisions in H.B. 352 from the 150th General Assembly authorizing the Delaware Secretary of Labor to issue emergency rules amending the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Code to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and implement federal programs providing unemployment benefits to respond to COVID-19. Section 4 exempts unemployment compensation benefits received in 2020 from the calculation of Delaware adjusted gross income so that unemployment claimants will not have to pay state taxes on the benefits they received during the pandemic.
 

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Number: HB 200
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Natural Resources Committee in House

An Act to amend the Delaware Code relating to Clean Water for Delaware.  Many of the State’s waters do not meet water quality standards to support their designated uses, such as for drinking, swimming or supporting aquatic life. The Clean Water for Delaware Act establishes a framework for assessing needs and planning and implementing projects that support Delaware’s efforts to improve the quality of the State’s water supply and waterways. A Delaware Clean Water Trust account is created as a funding source for executing projects highlighted by this framework. The Trust account will have oversight from the Clean Water Trust Oversight Committee (the “Committee”). The Committee will draw upon recommendations from the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, (WIAC), the county Conservation Districts’, experts in the effected Cabinet agencies and other public input with the goal of assisting municipal and county governments and others in implementing affordable water quality projects. The Committee is required to develop and publish an Annual Report and multi-year Strategic Plan for Clean Water with annual updates.
 

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House Concurrent Resolutions

Number: HCR 2
DHA Position: No Position
Status: Status:  Passed in House & Senate
 

This House Concurrent Resolution honors Delaware's first responders and essential workers who have continued performing duties that are vital to the health, safety, and well-being of all Delawareans as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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House Joint Resolutions

Number: HJR 1
DHA Position: No Position
Status:

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House Resolutions

Senate Bills

Number: SB 17
DHA Position: No Position
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee in Senate

An Act to amend Title 24 of the Delaware Code relating to the Offer of an Ultrasound Before Terminating a Pregnancy.  This Act requires a physician to offer a patient ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services before terminating a pregnancy and provides civil and criminal penalties for the failure of a physician to comply with this requirement. The patient is free to choose not to view the ultrasound or listen to the heartbeat. This Act is known as "The Woman's Ultrasound Right to Know Act."
 

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Number: SB 20
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Transportation Committee in Senate

An Act to amend Title 6 of the Delaware Code relating to Parking.  This Act clarifies that a person with a special license plate or permit for persons with disabilities may park for an unlimited period where the length of time is otherwise limited and must be able to park in a metered parking space for at least 1 hour. This Act clarifies that it is a violation of the state equal accommodations law to prohibit parking as authorized for a person with a special license plate or permit for persons with disabilities. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
 

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Number: SB 31
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate

An Act concurring a proposed amendment to Article 1 of the Delaware Constitution relating to Equal Rights.  This Act is the second leg of a constitutional amendment to add race, color, and national origin to § 21 of Article I of the Delaware Constitution to explicitly declare that protection against discrimination based on race, color, and national origin is one of Delaware's fundamental rights. The first leg of this constitutional amendment was Senate Bill 191 of the 150th General Assembly, published in Chapter 287 of Volume 82 of the Laws of Delaware. On passage of this second leg by this General Assembly this amendment will become part of the Delaware Constitution. Since the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, with Delaware ratifying it in 1901, at least 15 states have added a provision to their state constitution that prohibits the denial or abridgement of equal rights under the law based on race, color, or national origin. In 2019, Delaware amended the state constitution to prohibit the denial or abridgement of equal rights under the law based on sex, but no such prohibition exists as to race, color, or national origin. This Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because § 1 of Article XVI of the Delaware Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly when the General Assembly amends the Delaware Constitution.
 

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Number: SB 32
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate
 

An Act to amend the Delaware Code relating to Discrimination.  A 2019 study found the following: (1) Black women are 80% more likely to change their natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work. (2) Black women are 50% more likely to be sent home or know of another Black woman sent home from work because of her hair. (3) Black women are 30% more likely to be made aware of a formal workplace appearance policy. Delaware law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in a variety of settings. This Act makes clear that race also includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and a protective hairstyle, which includes braids, locks, and twists. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
 

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Number: SB 33
DHA Position: None
Status: Introduced and Assigned to Environmental & Energy Committee in Senate

An Act to amend Title 26 of the Delaware Code relating to Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards.  This Act modifies the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act to do the following: (1) Continues increasing the required minimum percentage of electrical energy sales to Delaware end-use customers from renewable energy sources through 2035. (2) Makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. (3) Eliminates “cost-cap” mechanism for freezing the RPS and replaces it with a market-based mechanism. (4) Clarifies the rulemaking authority for this Act.
 

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Senate Concurrent Resolutions

Number: SCR 1
DHA Position: Support
Status:

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Senate Joint Resolutions

Senate Resolutions

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