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Health & Social Services Committee, Delaware State Senate

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The Health & Social Services Committee is a standing committee of the Delaware State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Delaware State Senate are assigned by the President Pro Tempore.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. A committee meeting can occur without the present of quorum. Committee members that do not attend a meeting can later add their signatures to the legislation that was considered at the missed meeting.[2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Resolution 2


Each bill, resolution or other legislative matter assigned to a standing committee shall pass through deliberative process before being brought to the floor of the Senate.  Such deliberative process shall include pre-announced meetings whereby the committee receives testimony from the general public, including those affected by the proposed legislation; considers an analysis of the proposed legislation; and by notice to the sponsor, makes time available for each formal sponsor to explain the legislation and answer possible committee questions.  All bills and resolutions shall be acted upon by the appropriate committee within twelve (12) legislative days after being assigned to that committee.  All bills and resolutions not acted upon by the appropriate committee twelve (12) legislative days after being assigned to that committee can be petitioned out of committee pursuant to Rule 16.[3][4]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Health & Social Services Members, 2013
Democratic members (6)Republican members (2)
Bethany Hall-Long, ChairGregory Lavelle
Margaret Rose HenryErnesto Lopez
Robert Marshall
Harris McDowell
Karen Peterson
Nicole Poore


External links


  1. Delaware General Assembly, "Senate Resolution 2," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 18)
  2. Delaware General Assembly, "Senate Resolution 2," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 20(e))
  3. Delaware General Assembly, "Senate Resolution 2," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 20(a))
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.