Vote Tracker

To help us keep up to date on all legislation that is of priority to liberals and progressives in Delaware, we will be tracking every piece of legislation from filing and sponsorship through the hearing and amendment process, up to the votes in each chamber.  We will not follow all the legislation that has been filed. We don’t report on perfunctory bills or symbolic resolutions, unless the symbolism really interests us.  We will also not follow the progress of judicial nominations, executive nominations, or Concurrent or Joint Resolutions, unless they are a matter of controversy. So the legislation that is listed is a matter of concern and priority for those of us on the liberal / progressive side of the aisle. The legislator’s names which are colored blue are Democrats. If they are colored red, they are Republicans. Everything else should be self explanatory.

Updated 4/19/2017.


HOUSE BILLS PENDING IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

HB1 – Helping Close the Gender Wage Gap – Longhurst – In Committee
HB3 – Paid Family Leave for State Employees – Heffernan – In Committee
HB12(S) – Special Education Funding for K-3 – Williams – In Committee
HB16 – Republican Repeal of Estate Tax – Ramone – In Committee
HB42 – Sentencing Reform – Changing Consecutive to Concurrent – Bolden – In Committee
HB54 – Regulating Predatory Payday Loans – Keeley – In Committee
HB55 – Raising Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18 – Heffernan – In Committee
HB60 – The Opt Out Bill is Back – Kowalko – In Committee
HB71 – Financial Disclosures for Public Officers (CMPB) – Kowalko – In Committee
HB72 – FIOA Applies to Universities – Kowalko – In Committee
HB73 – Double Dipping Disclosure – Briggs King – In Committee
HB78 – Improving Campaign Finance Disclosure – Williams – In Committee
HB79 – Automatic Voter Registration – Bentz – In Committee
HB90 – Early Voting – Bentz – In Committee
HB92 – Real Estate Transaction Disclosures by General Assembly – Williams – In Committee
HB95 – Banning the sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn – Lynn – In Committee
HB99 – Limiting a School Tax Credit for Retirees – Williams – In Committee
HB101 – Raising the tax on LLCs – Kowalko – In Committee
HB102 – Raising the Corporate Franchise Tax – Kowalko – In Committee
HB106 – 2 New Income Brackets of $125,000 [7.10%] and $250,000 [7.85%] – Kowalko – In Committee
HB107 – 2 New Income Brackets of $125,000 [7.10%] and $250,000 [7.85%] with tiered reduction in itemized deductions – Kowalko – In Committee
HB110 – Legalization of Marijuana – Keeley – In Committee
HB113 – Making the EITC Refundable – Baumbach – In Committee
HB114 – Raising Auto Insurance Policy Minimums – B.Short – In Committee
HB120 – The Jimmy Carter Cancer Act requiring the insurance coverage of certain cancer treatments – Longhurst – In Committee
HB122 – create a new crime of committing assaults in a detention facility with a reckless state of mind – Smyk – In Committee
HB123 – Expanding Contraband to include Narcotics, Prescription drugs, Escape items – Smyk – In Committee
HB125 – Reinstating the Death Penalty – Smyk – In Committee
HB126 – Childcare Assistance – Lynn – In Committee
HB128 – Fair Notice to those Pleading Guilty – Paradee – In Committee
HB130 – Expanding the Lodging Tax to Short Term Rentals – Hudson – In Committee


SENATE BILLS PENDING IN COMMITTEE

SB9 – Work a Day Earn a Pay Jobs Program – Marshall – In Committee.
SB10 – Increasing Minimum Wage to $10.25 – Marshall – In Committee
SB14 – Elimination of Compensation Committee – Lavelle – In Committee
SB18 – Requiring School Begin After Labor Day – Hocker – In Committee
SB22– Correction and Peace Officer Pension Increases – Ennis – In Committee
SB28 – Requiring the Disclosure of Tax Returns by Presidential Candidates – Townsend – In Committee.
SB29 – Subjecting General Assembly to the State Employees’, Officers’ and Officials’ Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct Rules – Townsend – In Committee
SB30 – Campaign Finance Disclosure of Donors’ Occupation/Employment – Townsend – In Committee
SB49 – Ending Homeless Discrimination – Townsend – In Committee
SB53 – TransPerfect Fix? – Bonini – In Committee
SB57 – Clean Snow off your Car – Lavelle – In Committee
SB60 – Curtailing Civil Asset Forfeiture – Bonini – In Committee


DEFEATED, TABLED OR STRICKEN BILLS 

HB14 – Requiring the wearing of Motorcyle Helmets – Lynn Tabled in Committee
HB36 – Banning Minor Possession of Tobacco – RamoneTabled in Commitee
HB58 – Ending Anti-Solar Panel Covenants – Williams – Defeated in the House 17-22-1-1.
HB65 – Child Support Liens – Dukes – Tabled in Committee
HB74 – Amending Medical Marijuana Act regarding minor caregivers – RamoneTabled in Committee
HB75 – Requiring Agencies to respond to FIOA responses of non-Delawareans – BaumbachTabled in Committee
HB80 – Ending Auto Insurance Discrimination (Credit Report use) – ParadeeTabled in Committee
HB108 – 2 New Income Brackets of $125,000 [7.05%] and $250,000 [7.80%] with a tax cut of 0.05% for every other bracket – KowalkoStricken.


BILLS VOTED OUT OF COMMITTEE, READY FOR A VOTE

HB63 – No Excuse Absentee Voting – JaquesOn Ready List
HB85(S) – Ending the 5 Mile Radius Preference for Charter Schools – WilliamsOn Ready List
HB89 – April Primary for all offices – BoldenOn Ready List
HB96 – Collective Bargaining for State Employees – Mulrooney – On Ready List
HB109 – 2 New Income Brackets of $125,000 [7.05%] and $250,000 [7.80%] with a tax cut of 0.05% for every other bracket – Kowalko – On Ready List
SB19 – Pilot Program for Disadvantaged Students – McDowellOn Ready List
SB24 – Expanding Medical Marijuana to Anxiety – HenryOn Ready List
SB27 – Independent Redistricting Commission – Townsend On Ready List
SB44 – Registration with the Prescription Monitoring Program – Townsend – On Ready List
SB45 – Adding ‘Pink” to Schedule I  – Townsend – On Ready List
SB48 – Pharmacist Narloxone Immunity – Townsend – On Ready List


LEGISLATION PASSED BY ONE HOUSE BUT NOT THE OTHER (YET)

SCR4 – Ronald Reagan Day – BoniniPassed by Senate 19-0-1.  Awaiting action by House
HB11 – Expanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – BentzPassed House 37-1-3 – On Ready List in the Senate.
HB13 – Making Loveable Pit Bulls Legal Again – PotterPassed House 30-10-1.  In Committee in the Senate.
HB35 – Targeting Illicit Massage Parlors – B.ShortPassed the House 39-1-1.
HB47 – Removal of Notary Requirement from Absentee Voting – Yearick – Passed the House 37-0-3-1 – In Committee in the Senate.
HB91 – Enhance prescription monitoring program – MulrooneyPassed House 39-0-2 – In Committee in the Senate.
HB100 – Provides medical and legal assistance to individuals denied drug addiction treatment on “medical necessity” grounds – KeeleyPassed House 40-0-1 – In Committee in the Senate.
SB27 – Independent Redistricting Commission – TownsendPassed Senate 12-7-1-1 – In Committee in House.
SB41 – 14 days of rehabilitation – HansenPassed Senate 20-0-1 – In Committee in the House.


LEGISLATION PASSED BY BOTH HOUSES, WAITING FOR ACTION BY GOVERNOR CARNEY

SB17 – Banning Discrimination of HIV Organ Donations – TownsendPassed the Senate 19-0-1. Passed the House 38-0-3.


LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CARNEY

HJR2 – Rejecting the Pay Raise – SchwartzkopfPassed Senate 18-0-2 – Passed House 40-0-1 – Signed by Governor Carney


CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ENACTED

SB25 – Constitutional Amendment to extend time to 90 days for nominations of judicial vacancies – HenryPassed the Senate 17-0-4 and the House 39-0-2, which clears the two-thirds requirement.