Our fine legislators have been very busy filing new bills over the last month and I have fallen woefully behind in profiling them, so I am combining them by subject matter in order to catch up. The subjects are Crime, Environment, Marijuana, Elections, Republican Culture Wars, Education, Taxes, Labor, Economy, Insurance, Healthcare and Good Government. Yes, they have been busy.
Second up, Insurance.
House Bill 321, sponsored by Representative Bill Bush, expands the Commissioner’s authority to deny other insurance policy form filings other than life and health that encourage misrepresentation, contain any unjust, unfair or inequitable provisions, or where the benefits provided are unreasonable in relation to the premium charged. This bill has already passed the House unanimously, and it is out of the committee in the Senate. So it may get a vote next week (it’s not on the agenda today).
|House Bill 321 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Bush||House Passes 40-0-1. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Chukwuocha (absent)|
|Mantzavinos, Ennis, Hansen, Sokola, Lopez|
|Current Status:||Out of committee in the Senate 3/23/22|
Senate Bill 209, sponsored by Senator Trey Paradee, addresses insurance for transportation network companies (TNC) like Lyft and Uber. In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring such companies possess insurance policies covering $1 million dollars in death, property and bodily injury damage when transporting passengers.
However, many Delaware citizens do not use a TNC for transportation but use other forms of transportation, such as buses, taxicabs or limousines. So Senate Bill 209 increases the death, bodily injury and property damage insurance coverage required for the Delaware Transportation Authority (i.e. DART buses) and public carriers as defined by the Delaware Code (like Eagle shuttle short buses, vans and limos or Delaware Limo) to carry the same amount of insurance coverage as was required of Lyft and Uber in 2016.
This bill also requires that public carriers, TNCs and Delaware Transportation Authority possess uninsured and underinsured insurance coverage to protect their passengers.
The bill is out of committee and will likely get a vote in the Senate in the next two weeks.
|Senate Bill 209 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Paradee, Sokola, Mantzavinos, Sturgeon, Walsh|
|Dorsey Walker, Griffith, Baumbach, Lynn, Bush, Carson, Minor-Brown, Hensley, M.Smith, Spiegelman|
|Current Status: Out of committee in the Senate 3/23/22|