Statehouse Business: Week 2 – Delaware Business Times

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Delaware Business Times to Recap Each Week of 2020 Delaware General Assembly tracking bills of interest in the state business community as they progress through the legislative process.

A bill is first assigned to a House of Representatives or Senate committee for hearings on its proposal within 12 days of its introduction. After the hearing, the committee can vote to send the bill to the chamber prosecution for a full vote among the members. If approved in the House or Senate, the bill is sent to the opposite chamber for a vote in committee and in the floor. If approved, Governor John Carney will sign or veto the bill.

Invoices will be listed with their main sponsor. The committee’s votes are tracked in three numbers: favorable, on its merits (meaning no opinion but ready to let the full chamber weigh) and unfavorable. The votes of the plenary chamber are tracked in four numbers: Yes, No, No vote and Absent. There are 21 members of the Delaware Senate and 41 members of the Delaware House of Representatives.

Directed to the governor:

HB264 (Baumbach)

Approved by the Senate 21-0-0-0 on January 23 and the House 40-0-0-1 on January 16

This statute revises the process by which the New Castle County tax rate for owners of real estate in municipalities is calculated to reflect the contributions of fire companies made by the municipality. This process does not consider as an in-kind contribution from New Castle County or a municipality the property tax that a fire company does not pay because real estate owned by fire companies is exempt from tax. . Since no property tax is owed, it is not an amount that New Castle County or any municipality waives. This law is effective immediately for New Castle County’s 2021 fiscal year.

Passed by House:

HB237 (Q. Johnson)

Approved by a 40-0-0-1 vote on January 21. Awaiting an assignment to the Senate.

This law eliminates the requirement that theaters selling alcohol have video cameras in each auditorium and the requirement that an employee must pass through each auditorium during a film screening.

Outside committee

HB257 (Bentz)

Reported by the House Health and Human Development Committee by a 0-8-0 vote

This replacement law establishes a health care provider loan repayment program for new primary care providers to be administered by the Delaware Health Care Commission. As part of the loan repayment program, the Health Care Commission may provide student loan repayment grants to new primary care providers up to a maximum of $ 50,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years. Priority may be given to students participating in DIMER 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 requesting hospital and disbursement of program grants is contingent on a one-time initial contribution to the healthcare provider loan repayment program in the amount of Allocation of state funds in year 21, to a maximum of $ 1 million, from Delaware health insurers.

Introduced:

HB282 (Spiegelman)

Assigned to the House Administration Committee on January 21.

This bill is the first step in a constitutional amendment requiring a 3/5 vote from each House of the General Assembly to enact a law that would allow a county to enact a tax or increase a tax rate above a rate currently permitted by state law. . The General Assembly cannot increase a state tax or pass a new state tax without enacting such a law by a three-fifths vote of each chamber. This bill applies the same rule to national legislation allowing a county to take such measures.

HB279 (Lynn)

Assigned to the Chamber’s economic development / banking / insurance and commerce committee on January 21.

Delaware is one of the few states that has no upper limit other than excessive interest rates for short-term consumer loans. According to Delaware case law, the abusive nature of an interest rate is decided by a court on a case-by-case basis. This law caps interest rates at 20% for short-term consumer loans of $ 1,000 or less that must be repaid in less than 60 days and motor vehicle title loans. This law also makes technical corrections to bring existing law into line with the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual standards.

HB80 (Baumbach)

Assigned to the House Revenue and Finance Committee on January 23.

Section 1 of this statute amends the Delaware Income Tax Credit (EITC) to allow beneficiaries to choose the most advantageous credit to apply to their Delaware personal income taxes. Under this law, beneficiaries can choose between a non-refundable credit up to 20% of the value of the corresponding federal EITC or a refundable EITC credit up to 4.5% of the value of the corresponding federal EITC. . Section 2 of this statute makes the Delaware EITC amendment effective for the tax year in which the Secretary of Finance notifies the Registrar of Regulations that the release of the personal income tax system Integrated revenue administration is implemented. This delay in the effective date is necessary to ensure that changes in tax legislation can be properly and efficiently implemented in the modernized integrated revenue administration system of the Revenue Division, which is currently underway. of development.

HB286 (Bentz)

Assigned to the House Health and Human Development Committee on January 23.

This bill requires that inadvertent off-grid services be included in individual and group health insurance policies as well as in group and blank health insurance policies. This bill defines that inadvertently off-grid services are services that are covered by a health insurance policy or contract, but that are provided by an off-grid provider in a networked facility, or when providing health care in the network, the services are not available or are not made available to the insured in the establishment. Inadvertent off-grid services also include lab tests ordered by a network provider but performed by an off-grid lab.

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