CHAPTER 103

REGARDING PRESERVATION OF DEEDS OF STATE OWNED PROPERTY

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 36 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, AS AMENDED, BY ADDING TWO NEW SECTIONS REGARDING THE PRESERVATION OF DEEDS OF STATE-OWNED PROPERTY AND OTHER PUBLIC RECORDS.

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

Section 1. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby further amended by adding to 1086. Sec. 3. thereof a new paragraph to be known as 1086A. Sec. 3A., as follows:

1086A. Sec. 3A. All State departments, commissions, agencies, institutions and special school districts are required, after the approval of this Act, to * deposit with the Public Archives Commission for preservation and safekeeping the original deeds to all State-owned property. The State Archivist shall give a receipt for each deed received in his custody and may at his discretion exempt from the provisions of this * Act such State Highway Department deeds which are in constant use for administrative purposes.

Section 2. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby further amended by adding to 1086. Sec. 3. thereof a new paragraph to be known as 1086B. Sec. 3B., as follows:

1086B. Sec. 3B. To provide for the better preservation of public records, all public officials of the State or any political subdivision thereof, are required to consult with the State Archivist regarding proper methods and materials before undertaking the repair or restoration of any public records, documents or papers whatsoever.

Failure to comply with the provisions of 1086. Sec. 3.,1086A. Sec. 3A., and/or 1086B. Sec. 3B., shall be presumptive evidence of guilt, and any public official' upon conviction for such failure shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars at the discretion of the Court.

Section 3. All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

Approved March 27, 1947.