CHAPTER 116 - TEMPORARY EMERGENCY RELIEF COMMISSION FOR NEW CASTLE COUNTY

AN ACT TO AMEND AN ACT APPROVED JANUARY 21st, 1935, ENTITLED: "AN ACT TO RELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF NEW CASTLE COUNTY FROM THE HARDSHIPS AND SUFFERING CAUSED BY UNEMPLOYMENT, CREATING AND ORGANIZING FOR SUCH PURPOSE A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY RELIEF COMMISSION, PRESCRIBING ITS POWERS AND DUTIES, PROVIDING THE NECESSARY FUNDS THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE LEVY COURT OF NEW CASTLE COUNTY TO PERFORM WORK AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING RELIEF HEREBY CONTEMPLATED."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That an Act approved January 21st, 1935, entitled:

An Act to relieve the people of New Castle County from the hardships and suffering caused by unemployment, creating and organizing for such purpose a temporary emergency relief commission, prescribing its powers and duties, providing the necessary funds therefor, and authorizing the Levy Court of New Castle County to perform work as an independent contractor for the purpose of providing relief hereby contemplated" be and the same is hereby amended by adding thereto four new sections to be known as Sections twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five and twenty-six as follows:

Section 23. Whenever it is so requested the Temporary Emergency Relief Commission shall be required to organize or cause to be organized local advisory committees. Whenever any such local advisory committees shall be so organized it shall be the duty of said Commission to administer relief in the community represented by any such local advisory committee in co-operation with said committee. The said Commission shall furnish to any such local advisory committee as may be organized any information touching relief administered in the community when and as requested by any of said local advisory committees.

Section 24. No person shall be entitled to receive relief from the Temporary Emergency Relief Commission who has not been a bona fide resident of New Castle County for at least one year immediately prior to the application for such relief. If it shall appear to the said Relief Commission that any able-bodied person on the relief rolls has been offered work, and in the judgment of said Commission such work was reasonably suitable for said person, and it further appears that said person has refused such work, then and in that case such person shall be stricken from said relief rolls.

Said Relief Commission shall not grant relief to any person owning an automobile unless he shall have surrendered to the said Commission the license tags issued for such automobile; provided, that the said Relief Commission may in its discretion, for cause to be noted in the minutes of said Commission, permit any person to retain said license tags.

Section 25. If it shall appear to said Relief Commission that any person shall have an opportunity to obtain work for part time, or if any person does obtain work for part time and receives pay therefor, such persons' name shall be removed from the relief rolls for such period as she or he may be employed, and the amount of compensation deducted from the amount of relief to which he or she would otherwise be entitled.

Section 26. Any person who shall receive any relief from the Temporary Emergency Relief Commission in violation of any of the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both in the discretion of the Court.

Approved April 3, 1935.