CHAPTER 2 – AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION

AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 15 OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE, RELATING TO THE COMPENSATION OF THE MEMBERS AND PRESIDING OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND FIXING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THEREOF.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met (two-thirds of all the members elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. That Section 15 of Article 2 of the Constitution of the State of Delaware, as amended by Chapter 15, Volume 30, Laws of Delaware, be amended by striking out all of the first paragraph of the said Section 15 of Article 2, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

The members of the General Assembly, except the presiding officers of the respective Houses, shall receive as compensation for their services a per diem allowance of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00), and the presiding officers a per diem allowance of Seventeen Dollars ($17.00), for each day of the Session, not exceeding sixty days; and should they remain longer in Session they shall serve without compensation. In case a special or extra session of the General Assembly be called, the members and presiding officers shall receive like compensation for a period not exceeding thirty days.

In addition to the per diem compensation next hereinabove provided for, each Member living within a radius of twenty miles of the corporate limits of the City of Dover shall receive One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) to cover such Member's traveling expenses in full, and each Member living more than twenty miles from the corporate limits of the City of Dover, but not more than forty miles therefrom, shall receive Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) to cover such Member's traveling expenses in full, and each Member living at a greater distance than forty miles from the corporate limits of the said City of Dover, shall receive Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) to cover such Member's traveling expenses in full.

Except as in this Section 15 expressly provided, the members of the General Assembly shall receive no allowance or payment for services, traveling expenses, supplies or other expenses while attending or in connection with Sessions of the General Assembly.

The maximum number of employees of the General Assembly shall be forty-eight (48), to be equally divided between the two Houses. Such maximum number of employees shall not be altered, except by a vote of three-fourths of all the members elected to each House of the General Assembly.

Approved May 9, 1941.