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Cape Gazette NEWS Legislative Wrap )) Bills lining up during break By Kevin Speace Healthcare-coverage challenged in Dover she said. HB 353 is in the House Wilmington. Administration Committee. "These advanced devices Following the lead of 33 other states, Rep. Deborah Hudson, R- Wilmington, introduced a meas- ure that would offer Delaware- ans the opportunity to decline health insurance coverage with- out the threat of penalty. House Bill 353, introduced Tuesday, March 30, also directs the Office of the Attorney General to en- force provisions in the bill that challenge national law. At least 34 states have filed or are preparing to file similar measures, including Pennsylva- nia, Maryland and New Jersey. Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R- Georgetown, who cosponsored what's being dubbed the Delaware Health Freedom Act, said the bill defends state gov- ernments from what she said was federal intrusion. "The Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to force Delaware citi- zens to comply with the health- care mandates," said Briggs King. "This is more than a states' rights issue. It's about the ability of av- erage Delawareans to impact the decisions that shape their lives. Most people rightfully believe that their voices can't be heard inside the beltway. But in Delaware, you can meet with your legislators, even talk to the governor, and express your opin- ion. That's why these issues are best handled locally, where gov- ernment will actually be respon- sive to what its citizens want," Educatkm bill kdmduced Rep. Teresa Schooley, D- Newark, introduced House Bill 350, which asks parents to make an overt commitment to their children's education. Introduced March 25, the bill reflects an up- dated Parents' Declaration of Re- sponsibilities as prepared by state officials and representa- tives of parent-student organiza- tions. Existing law encourages, but does not require, that parents be asked to sign such a compact. The bill also contains other ac- tions schools would need to take to enhance parental involve- ment. HB 350 is in the House Ed- ucation Committee. Rep. Deborah Hudson, R- Wilmington, or March 25, intro- duced House Bill 342, which re- quires a three-fifths majority vote to pass a state-spending plan if the growth of the state's operating budget exceeds the rate of inflation. The bill's sup- porters say the change would provide a modest check on the growth of state spending. The measure is in the House Appro- priations Committee. Ihsathi md  House Bill 343 ensures that amputees in Delaware are able to obtain necessary orthotic and prosthetic devices by requiring individual and group health in- surance policies to provide for reimbursements. The measure was introduced Tuesday, March 30, by Rep. Gerald Brady, D- serve to enhance and improve amputees' quality of life, and they deserve to have the oppor- tunity to obtain them. However, they also are very expensive, and many amputees today are not able to get adequate or proper prosthetic devices due to a lack of coverage," said Brady. Brady noted the issue of pro- viding amputees with proper de- vices has gained public attention because soldiers are returning from war with severe injuries. House Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, designates strawberries as Delaware's official state fruit. In- troduced last year, the measure passed in the House and on March 25, the Senate passed the bill that makes strawberries offi- cial. Grey fox Grey fox: a state aninlai? House Bill 354, introduced by Rep. 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