SB 39

  • Delaware Senate Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in Senate Mar 16, 2023
  • Passed Senate Mar 15, 2023
  • House
  • Governor

An Act Concurring In A Proposed Amendment To Article Ii Of The Delaware Constitution Relating To Limitations On The Time And Frequency Of Legislative Sessions.


This Act is the second leg of a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the regular session of the General Assembly from extending beyond 5:00 p.m. on the last day of June, unless the session is recalled by the Governor or the presiding officers of both Houses. This changes the time beyond which a regular session of the General Assembly may not extend from midnight on June 30 to 5:00 p.m., which changes the time at which the presiding officers of both Houses must act to recall the General Assembly into special session. This means the General Assembly no longer has to remain in session until midnight to recall itself into special session. The first leg of this constitutional amendment was House Bill 411 of the 151st General Assembly published in Chapter 324 of Volume 83 of the Laws of Delaware. On passage of this second leg by this General Assembly this amendment will become part of the Delaware Constitution. This Act does not change the date of or process for “final adjournment,” as defined in Opinion of the Justices, 175 A.2d 543, 545 (Del. 1961) (“‘[F]inal adjournment’ . . . means the adjournment sine die of the second regular session, or, in the absence of such adjournment, the extinguishment of the particular General Assembly by reason of expiration of the terms of office of the members.”). In addition, this Act contemplates that each House will continue its traditional practice of recessing to the call of the chair. This Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because § 1 of Article XVI of the Delaware Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly to amend the Delaware Constitution.

Bill Sponsors (10)


Mar 15, 2023


Mar 16, 2023


Assigned to Administration Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

Mar 15, 2023


Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES

Mar 08, 2023


Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 4 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable

Jan 26, 2023


Introduced and Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

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