General Assembly Vote Tracker

Vote Tracker Update

The Delaware General Assembly is currently in recess.   The House won’t reconvene until next Tuesday, April 25.  So that has given us some time to update the Vote Tracker.   Make sure you bookmark our Vote Tracker page so you can easily check on the progress of the legislation we are following that is of interest or concern to progressive, liberal or Democratic policies or politics.

Hey, did you know that our General Assembly amended our state Constitution?  Yeah, it happened without much fanfare, fixing a pretty procedural issue, but still, we just amended the Constitution.  SB25, which is the second leg of a Constitutional amendment to lengthen the time period during which the Governor must appoint a judicial officer following the occurrence of a vacancy, has passed both houses of the General Assembly by the necessary two thirds vote.

YES VOTES: [SENATE]: Bonini, Bushweller, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Hocker, Lawson, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Simpson, Sokola, Walsh [HOUSE]: B. Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D. Short, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensley, Hudson, J. Johnson, Jaques, K. Williams, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, M. Smith, Matthews, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Potter, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Wilson, Yearick

NO VOTES:  None (CloutierTownsendLopez, Lavelle, Keeley, Q.Johnson were all absent)

HISTORY: Passed the Senate 17-0-4.   Passed the House 39-0-2.

HB89, the bill to consolidate Delaware’s state and presidential primaries, passed the House 34-6-1.  The vote was bipartisan, and their really isn’t an ideological or partisan divide on how you would vote on the bill.  I would like to hear the reasons from those who voted no.  Not that there is a right or wrong answer, I am just curious.  Here are the vote totals:

YES VOTES: HOUSE: Baumbach, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Collins, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensely, Hudson, J.Johnson, Q.Johnson, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee, Postles, Potter, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, B.Short, D.Short, Smyk, Spiegelman, Smith, Viola, Williams, Wilson, Yearick

NO VOTES: HOUSE: Bennett, Briggs King, Carson, Jaques, Miro, Outten [Matthews was absent].

HISTORY: House passed 34-6-1. Placed in the Elections & Government Affairs Committee in Senate on 4/4/17

HB75, which was Rep. Paul Baumbach’s bill to require all agencies and institutions that are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) to respond to requests for information from non-Delawareans, has been tabled in committee on 4/5/17.

Rep. Trey Paradee’s HB80, which would have forbade insurance companies from using your credit history and other non-driving history factors in the determination of your automotive insurance premium, has been tabled in committee. Yet another victory for insurance companies and their lobbyists.

HB85(S) has been voted out of committee with 3 favorable votes and 9 votes on the merits. It now awaits a vote on the House floor when it reconvenes next week.   This bill would eliminate admission preferences for students living within a 5-mile radius of a charter school.

SB41 has passed the Senate 20-0-1 and is waiting consideration in committee in the House.   It is one of several bills introduced to address the Opioid Crisis in Delaware. This bill would guarantee 14 days of rehabilitation at a treatment center before any review by an insurance company.   It removes pre-authorization requirements that those seeking treatment often encounter. The holdup often results in relapses or sometimes fatal overdoses, he said, which are risks the state can no longer afford to take.

YES VOTES: [SENATE]: Bonini, Bushweller, Cloutier, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, McBride, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Simpson, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh

NO VOTES: [SENATE]: None (Marshall was absent).

HISTORY:  Passed Senate 20-0-1.  Placed in House Economic Development/Banking/ Insurance/Commerce Committee on 4/5/17

Another Opioid bill, HB100, passed the House by a similarly unanimous margin, 40-0-1. This bill provides medical and legal assistance to individuals and families denied treatment on “medical necessity” grounds.

YES VOTES: [HOUSE]: B. Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D. Short, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensley, Hudson, J. Johnson, Jaques, K. Williams, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, M. Smith, Matthews, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Potter, Q. Johnson, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Wilson, Yearick

NO VOTES: [HOUSE]: None (Matthews was absent).

HISTORY: Passed the House 40-0-1.  Placed in the Health, Children & Social Services Committee in Senate.

A third Opioid bill, HB91, passed the House 39-0-2.   This bill would enhance the ability of the prescription monitoring program to make informed determinations as to prescribers who may be making extraordinary prescriptions of opiates or other controlled substances, and to refer such cases to law enforcement or professional licensing organizations for further review.

YES VOTES: [HOUSE]: B. Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D. Short, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hensley, Hudson, J. Johnson, Jaques, K. Williams, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, M. Smith, Matthews, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Potter, Q. Johnson, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Wilson, Yearick

NO VOTES: [HOUSE]: None (Keeley and Q.Johnson were absent).

HISTORY: Passed House 39-0-2.  Placed Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee on 4/10/17.

Three additional anti-Opioid bills are advancing in the GA.  SB44, SB45 and SB48 all have been reported out of committee.

Rep. John Kowalko has stricken one of his Fair Tax Plan bills.  It was HB108, which was my preferred bill, because it adds the two new income tax brackets at the top but then gives a 0.05% tax cut to all the original brackets. The new new tax brackets would be at $125,000 with a rate of 7.05%, and an additional bracket at $250,000 with a rate of 7.80%. But again, without the tiered reduction of the itemized deduction that Governor Carney proposes, it loses all but two sponsors.   With the deficit increasing yet again, I suppose there is no room to cut taxes.

An Amendment to SB10, Bob Marshall’s bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 and then thereafter chain it to the Cost of Living Increase in Social Security, has had an amendment introduced to it to scrap the provision tying future increases to the COLA.   I wonder if that helps or hurts the chances of getting that bill out of committee?

SB24, which would expand medical marijuana to treat anxiety, has reported out of committee and is ready for a vote on the Senate floor.

HB58, which would make covenants or other restrictions that effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the installation of solar panel systems in Delaware void and unenforceable, regardless of the date recorded, was DEFEATED by a vote of 17-22-1-1.   As you can see, some Democratic Representatives will need to explain themselves (ahem Bryon Short, Earl Jaques, Melanie George Smith, Sean Lynn, Ed Osienski, Trey Paradee, Quinn Johnson).

YES VOTES: [HOUSE]: Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Gray, Heffernan, J. Johnson, K. Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Potter, Schwartzkopf, Viola

NO VOTES: [HOUSE]: B.Short, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D. Short, Dukes, Hensley, Hudson, Jaques, Kenton, Lynn, M. Smith, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Q. Johnson, Smyk, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick (Matthews was absent, Ramone did not vote).

HISTORY: Defeated 17-22-1-1.

Senator Bryan Townsend’s SB27, which would establish an independent redistricting commission, has passed the Senate 12-7-1-1.   It goes to Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf’s House Administration Committee, where things will get interesting.

YES VOTES: [SENATE] Bushweller, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, McBride, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Poore, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh

NO VOTES: [SENATE] Bonini, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Richardson, Simpson (Cloutier did not vote, Marshall was absent).

HISTORY: Passed the Senate 12-7-1-1.   Assigned to House Administration Committee.

HB96, Mike Mulrooney’s bill to require that compensation be a mandatory subject of bargaining for any group of state employees who have joined together for purposes of collective bargaining, has advanced out of committee on April 5.  It is now waiting on a vote on the floor of the House.

2 comments on “Vote Tracker Update

  1. House Bill 58, Rep. Sean Lynn voted no so we could bring the bill back when we return from break.

  2. It is with great distane I write my comment, when an assembly brings the Quran to the floor and prays it Concerns me deeply. There are bad Islamists just as Christians , there are over 500 different sects of Christians , don’t know how many Islamic , I know Islamic and Muslim are used separate even though equal in belief both use Quran as their bible as we use the holy bible as Christian . The teaching is totally different where Quran worship prophets (man) and the bibles all share one God in heaven above all men.Why would any assembly or political party present any teachings other than Christian and bible in a public forum other than to make a statement of belief in an equal or greater than belief against citizens whose forefathers came to an supported Christian faith only making religion and pursuit of freedom our cornerstone on which our constitution was formed. Anyone who sat and participated in such an act as portrayed in the Delaware assembly was a slap in the face for all who died for our freedom . To accept the Quran in our government by a political party is an attempt to destroy our country,faith,beliefs and most of all our constitution. I ask all Americans to carefully asses any party that takes a path of distruction,chaos,violence,deception,and ways of the Quran that are taught. Their are good Muslims yes and there are those who do not live to the letter of the Quran ,same as the bible both have their faults ,but when this country began their was Christianity and the bible that’s all ,I see no interests by a political party to change now ,In an effort to exploit globalism for political advantages to certain groups of people . If you are a first state ,give the appearecence of being the first state of America please.

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