HB 453

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 151st General Assembly (2021-2022)
  • Introduced in House Jun 21, 2022
  • Passed House Jun 21, 2022
  • Passed Senate Jun 23, 2022
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The General Assembly.

Abstract

This Act makes necessary updates to Delaware Code provisions codifying procedures related to the General Assembly to bring these provisions into compliance with current practice and to make technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. This Act makes the following substantive changes to these provisions: (1) In Section 8, repeals a procedure that, after the enactment of the Delaware Constitution of 1897, is no longer part of the legislative process. And, in Sections 17, 18, and 19 makes conforming repeals. (2) In Section 9, updates the amount of additional compensation paid to members of the General Assembly who are elected to leadership positions or appointed to serve on a joint committee, consistent with the amounts authorized under the most recent report of the Compensation Commission. (3) In Section 10, updates the amount of the stipend paid to members of the General Assembly consistent with the amount authorized under the most recent report of the Compensation Commission. (4) In Section 13, updates the process for appointing a bill clerk for the Senate and House of Representatives and the duties of the bill clerk. (5) In Section 14, removes the Passed Bill Committee (“Committee”), which has not existed since the mid-1960s. The Committee’s duties related to management and tracking of passed and enacted legislation are reassigned to the Secretary of the Senate and Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, who have these duties currently. The Committee’s duties related to engrossing legislation are reassigned to the Division of Research, which has these duties currently. The Division is authorized to correct manifest clerical, typographical, and grammatical errors discovered in the engrossment process and required to proofread the engrossment before release to ensure an accurate engrossment of the amendment to the legislation. (6) In Section 15 and 16, changes references to “print” or “printing” to “publish” or “publication” in recognition of 21st Century methods of distributing information. (7) In Section 22, replaces the requirement that a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution be approved by two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly with a requirement that it be approved by a simple majority vote. The two-third vote requirement is unconstitutional under the Delaware Constitution because it conflicts with Section 10 of Article II of the Delaware Constitution, which provides for the passage of legislation by the concurrence of a majority of members elected to each house. The General Assembly cannot alter the requirement of a majority vote without an amendment to the Delaware Constitution. See Section 512 of Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure (2020).

Bill Sponsors (10)

Votes


Jun 23, 2022

Jun 21, 2022

Actions


Jun 23, 2022

Senate

Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT

Jun 22, 2022

Senate

Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
Executive

Jun 21, 2022

House

Passed By House. Votes: 40 YES 1 ABSENT

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 453 - Passed In House by Voice Vote

Senate

Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Executive

Jun 16, 2022

House

Reported Out of Committee (Administration) in House with 3 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Unfavorable
Administration

Jun 15, 2022

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 453 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jun 02, 2022

House

Introduced and Assigned to Administration Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Administration

Bill Text

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HA 1 to HB 453 HTML PDF

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