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Legislature Status: Suspended indefinitely.
SB 123 – An Act to Amend Title 19 of the Delaware Code Relating to Workers’ Compensation Benefits.
Issues: Managed Care (General)
This measure amends the current Delaware Code, regarding worker’s compensation benefits so that a surviving spouse can continue to receive benefits if they remarry, in the same manner, that they would if they were not remarried. This measure is applicable to workers who have been injured or died on the job, and their descendants. This measure changes current requirements by expanding worker’s compensation benefit rights to spouses who have lost their loved ones. Specifically, the measure will allow surviving spouses of persons killed in the course of employment to receive the same level of death benefits as the surviving spouses of those persons defined as covered persons, in the event that the surviving spouse remarries. This expansion of the death benefit beyond the surviving spouses of those persons specified in Section 6601(2) will result in all surviving spouses, who decide to remarry, being treated equally under the law.
There are no enforcement mechanisms with this measure. This measure doesn’t require the promulgation of new rules or regulations.
Most Recent Update:
6/29/2021 This bill passed both chambers unanimously. This measure is eligible to be sent to the Governor. Since the Legislature is in session, the Governor has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to sign or veto this measure. If the Governor does not sign this measure, this measure will be enacted without a signature. If the Governor vetoes this measure, this measure will be sent back to its chamber of origin with a message explaining the Governor’s objections and recommendations which will remove such objections. The Legislature can overturn the Governor’s veto with a 3/5 vote in both legislative chambers.