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Legislative Wrap

Jul 02, 2014

Bill requires financial disclosure by Cash Management Policy Board

A bill introduced March 12 by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, would add members of the state’s Cash Management Board to the definition of “public officers”, which would mean members would be required to meet annual financial disclosure requirements.

House Bill 43 has been assigned to the House Administration Committee.

Bill makes cursive a requirement

House Bill 52, introduced March 17 by House Minority Whip Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, would make the teaching of cursive writing a requirement for all public schools in Delaware.

The bill has been assigned to the House Education Committee.

Bill requires dense breast tissue notification

Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, introduced a bill March 18 that would require a mammography service provider to provide specific notice to a patient if that patient presents with dense breast tissue.

Senate Bill 37 will see the Senate flood after being voted out of the the Senate Health and Social Services Committee March 25.

Bill prohibits pointing laser at airplanes

Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, introduced a bill March 18 that gives state law enforcement agencies the ability to prosecute those who aim the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.

Senate Bill 41 supplements federal prosecution efforts focused on deaths or injuries caused by use of laser pointers by enacting a state law prohibiting aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft that does not result in death or injury.

The bill was assigned to the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Bill provides moratorium on charter schools

A bill introduced March 24 by Rep. Charles Potter, D-Wilmington North, provides a moratorium on all new charter schools in Delaware until June 30, 2018 or until the State Board of Education develops a strategic plan for the number of charter, district, and vocational-technical schools in the state.

House Bill 56 was voted out of the House Education Committee March 25.

Bill allows transfer of special military plates to spouses

The surviving spouse of an owner of a vehicle who qualifies for a special military licence plate will allowed to transfer the plate to a vehicle owned by the spouse if Senate Bill 44 becomes law.

Introduced March 24 by Sen. Brian Bushweller, D-Central Kent, the bill would apply to the following military license plates: Former Prisoners of War; Veterans with Disabilities; Veterans Formerly Missing-in-action; Delaware National Guard and Reserves; Purple Heart; Recipients of Medals or Commendations for Valor; Retired Military Personnel; Korean War Veterans; Gold Star Lapel Buttons; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Vietnam War veterans; or Operation Enduring Freedom.

The bill was voted out of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee April 1.

Bill requires general election candidates to pay taxes

A bill introduced March 25 by Rep. Timothy Dukes, R-Laurel, would require all statewide and other candidates that may appear on the general election ballot to disclose whether all their state and federal personal income tax returns are filed and paid, and whether all their property taxes have been paid.

House Bill 67 was assigned to the House House Administration Committee.

Bill allows technicians to drive unregistered vehicles after repair

A bill introduced Feb. 5 by Sen. Brian Bushweller, D-Central Kent, will allow DNREC certified repair technicians to issue a temporary tag for the purpose of a test drive.

The repair business must have a valid shopkeeper’s or garagekeeper’s liability insurance policy before operating the customer’s vehicle.

Senate Bill 34 was reported out of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee on March 25.

Bill shortens title acquisition period for abandoned manufactured homes

A bill introduced March 26 by Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, would shorten the period a landlord has to wait to acquire a manufactured home title from one year to 30 days.

As the law stands now, following a writ of possession, a landlord must store a manufactured home of the tenant that was left unclaimed for 30 days. Following that 30-day period, the home is deemed abandoned, and the landlord may dispose of the home.

However, in order to acquire title to the home, the Landlord must wait one year under Chapter 40.

House Bill 68 was voted out of the House Manufactured Housing Committee April 1.

Bill adds civil violations as revenue for Fund to Combat Violent Crimes

A bill introduced March 12 by Rep. John Mitchell, D-Elsmere, adds a $15 fine to civil violations as an additional revenue source for the Fund to Combat Violent Crimes. The fund was established during the 146th General Assembly.

House Bill 51 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee after passing through the House on March 26.

Bill requires more meetings of state committee

A bill introduced March 31 by Rep. Richard Collins, R-Millsboro, will require that the State Employee Benefits Committee to meet quarterly as instead of bi-annually.

House Bill 71 also requires the committee to issue a brief report each fiscal quarter that will provide basic financial information useful in tracking the solvency of the self-insurance fund.

The bill was assigned to the House House Administration Committee.

Bill legalizes motorcycle safety equipment

A bill introduced March 31 by House Minority Leader Rep. Daniel Short, D-Seaford, would allow motorcycles to be fitted with flashing brake lights.

Currently these lights are prohibited in the state code.

House Bill 72 was assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Bill prohibits advertising motorcycle helmets as safe

A bill introduced by House Minority Leader Rep. Daniel Short, D-Seaford, would prohibit retailers from advertising or stating that a helmet is qualified for use when driving a motorcycle if the helmet is not approved for highway use under Delaware law.

House Bill 73 was introduced March 31 and assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Bill requires advanced notice by utility provider

Rep. Stephanie Bolden, D-Wilmington North, introduced a bill March 31 that requires a utility provider to alert the homeowner’s association for any condominium or cooperative at least 72 hours before shutting off the service.

House Bill 74 also requires notifying the occupants of the dwelling unit. The bill has been assigned to the House Housing and Community Affairs Committee.

Bill increases possibility of expungement of juvenile criminal history

Rep. Kimberly Williams, D-Newport,Stanton, introduced a bill March 31 that modifies the discretionary expungement provisions to allow more individuals the ability to petition the Court for an expungement.

The changes associated with House Bill 75 allow the court to consider an expungement where the individual has demonstrated rehabilitation despite multiple youthful indiscretions.

The bill was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Bill criminalizes Stolen Valor

A bill introduced April 1 by Rep. Richard Collins, R-Millsboro, adds to the crime of impersonation by including the impersonation of members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This type of impersonation is commonly known as “Stolen Valor”.

The crime is only applicable when the person intends to impersonate a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces in order to gain money, discounts, or other tangible benefits.

House Bill 80 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Bill expands definition of remote testimony

A bill introduced April 1 by Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, expands the definition of a person eligible to testify remotely by means of closed circuit television.

Senate Bill 51 would allow a judge to order that the testimony of a victim or witness of an intimate crime, regardless of age, be taken outside of the presence of a jury by means of closed circuit television.

The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

 

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