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147th General Assembly
House Bill # 256 w/HA 1 + SA 1 + HA 2

Primary Sponsor: Heffernan Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Hudson & Sen. McDowell & Sen. Townsend
CoSponsors: Reps. Baumbach, Bolden, Briggs King, Carson, Dukes, Gray, Jaques, J. Johnson, Keeley, Kenton, Kowalko, Miro, Mitchell, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Ramone, B. Short, M. Smith, Smyk, Spiegelman, Walker, D.E. Williams, K. Williams, Wilson; Sens. Cloutier, Hocker, Lopez, Poore, Peterson, Sokola
Introduced on : 03/13/2014
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE OFFENSES OF SEXUAL SOLICITATION OF A CHILD AND PROMOTING SEXUAL SOLICITATION OF A CHILD.
Synopsis of Orginal Bill:
(without Amendments)
This Act will make changes to Delaware’s law prohibiting Sexual Solicitation of a Child to ensure the safety of Delaware’s children from sexual predators, including the persons that promote sexual solicitation of a child and the persons that solicit children. This Act specifies that a person commits the offense of Sexual Solicitation of a Child or Promoting Sexual Solicitation of a Child through any method of electronic communications, in addition to other forms of communication. Further, for the offense of Sexual Solicitation of a Child, the Act defines “child” to include those who represent themselves to be younger than 18 years old and those who the person believes to be younger than 18 years old in addition to those who are, in fact, younger than 18 years old. This will facilitate law enforcement efforts to stop sexual predators before they have harmed a child. Additionally, this Act elevates the offense from a Class C felony to a Class B felony where the solicitor actually meets in person or attempts to meet in person with a child, as defined by the Act, to engage in a prohibited sexual act, or where the promoter actually meets in person or attempts to meet in person with another person and a child for the person to engage in a prohibited sexual act with the child.
Current Status: Signed   On   06/24/2014
Volume Chapter79:262
Date Governor acted:06/24/2014
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:F/N (Complete)
Amendments: HA 1 to HB 256 - Passed
SA 1 to HB 256 - Passed
HA 2 to HB 256 - Passed
Committee Reports:
House Committee Report 03/26/14 F=5 M=2 U=0---->Committee Report
Senate Committee report 05/07/14 F=0 M=4 U=0----->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
House vote: () Passed 4/10/2014 5:20:14 PM------->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 5/13/2014 3:30:35 PM------->Voting Record
House vote: () Passed 5/15/2014 6:02:56 PM------->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 6/4/2014 4:21:45 PM------->Voting Record
Fiscal Notes:
Engrossed Version:
Engrossment------->Engrossment
Actions History:
Jun 24, 2014 - Signed by Governor
Jun 04, 2014 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 15, 2014 - Assigned to Committee in Senate
May 15, 2014 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 15, 2014 - Amendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
May 15, 2014 - Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
May 13, 2014 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 13, 2014 - Amendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 13, 2014 - Amendment SA 1 - Introduced in Senate
May 07, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
Apr 29, 2014 - Assigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate
Apr 10, 2014 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Apr 10, 2014 - Amendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
Apr 10, 2014 - Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Mar 26, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 5 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
Mar 13, 2014 - Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House
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