HB 78

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 150th General Assembly (2019-2020)
  • Introduced in House May 30, 2019
  • Passed House Jun 25, 2019
  • Passed Senate Jun 30, 2019
  • Signed by Governor Sep 16, 2019

An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Crimes And Criminal Procedure.


This Act aims to make the robbery section of Delaware’s Criminal Code simpler and fairer. The Act deletes the carjacking sections and embeds them within the existing robbery statutes to remove duplication from the code. Under this Act, robbery in the first degree includes the theft of a vehicle where there is physical injury or the use, a display or threat of a deadly weapon or death which is a Class B felony; this carries a 3 year minimum mandatory sentence and a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class E felony, is elevated to a Class D felony if the theft involves a vehicle and elements that pose additional risk to public safety. The Act removes minimum mandatory sentences for some conduct and eliminates sentence enhancements based on prior convictions and the age of victim. The ability to impose lengthier sentences for subsequent conduct or for crimes against vulnerable victims rests with the discretion of sentencing judges.

Bill Sponsors (11)


Jun 30, 2019

Jun 25, 2019


Sep 16, 2019

Office of the Governor

Signed by Governor

Jun 30, 2019


Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 5 NO 1 ABSENT


Suspension of Rules in Senate

Jun 25, 2019


Passed By House. Votes: 25 YES 16 NO


Amendment HA 1 to HB 78 - Introduced and Placed With Bill


Amendment HA 1 to HB 78 - Passed In House by Voice Vote

Jun 05, 2019


Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 6 Unfavorable

  • Committee-Passage-Unfavorable
  • Committee-Passage
Public Safety & Homeland Security

May 30, 2019


Introduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Public Safety & Homeland Security

Bill Text

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HA 1 to HB 78 PDF HTML
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