HB 371

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

An Act To Amend Title 18 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The State Fire Prevention Commission, Fire Companies Or Departments, And The State Insurance Coverage Office.

Abstract

This Act changes how the Insurance Commissioner and the State Treasurer provide for distributions from taxes collected by the Insurance Commissioner to be made to fire companies or departments in Delaware. The current method for reporting, calculating, and making distributions to fire companies or departments is complex to administer and can lead to incorrect payments. This Act simplifies the reporting process and provides a new method for calculating the funds distributed to fire departments and companies in the City of Wilmington, New Castle County outside of Wilmington, Kent County, and Sussex County. Specifically, it reduces the number of payments per year from two to one, gives the Insurance Commissioner more time to ensure the accuracy of insurer-reported financial data, and establishes detailed guidelines for how the funds should be distributed to the various fire companies or departments. This Act also makes changes to the reporting requirements related to payments made by the State Treasurer to the State Insurance Coverage Office. In addition, this Act amends the requirement related to the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (“DVFA”) annual report to the Insurance Commissioner. This requirement is being amended because contrary to what the current statute states, the Insurance Commissioner does not use the report to calculate funding under this section. DVFA is now also required to send its annual report, which details the locations, apparatuses, and equipment maintained for its member fire companies or departments, to the State Fire Prevention Commission. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. This Act is effective January 1, 2025.

Bill Sponsors (15)

Votes


May 16, 2024

Actions


Jun 12, 2024

Senate

Reported Out of Committee (Banking, Business, Insurance & Technology) in Senate with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Banking, Business, Insurance & Technology

May 16, 2024

House

Passed By House. Votes: 39 YES 2 ABSENT

Senate

Assigned to Banking, Business, Insurance & Technology Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Banking, Business, Insurance & Technology

Apr 23, 2024

House

Reported Out of Committee (Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce) in House with 3 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce

Apr 11, 2024

House

Introduced and Assigned to Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce

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