CHAPTER 275

CREATING A DELAWARE COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH

AN ACT TO CREATE A DELAWARE COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH.

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

Section 1. A commission to be known as the "Delaware Commission on Children and Youth" is hereby created.

Section 2. The purposes of the Commission shall be:

a) To study and evaluate existing facilities and services for children and youth in this State;

b) To determine unmet needs in services and facilities for children and youth in this State;

c) To formulate plans and courses of action covering the unmet needs of children and youth;

d) To make recommendations to the Governor, to the General Assembly, and to governmental and voluntary agencies, organizations and institutions, on all matters affecting children and youth;

e) To study the findings and recommendations of the Mid-century White House Conference on Children and Youth, and of the Delaware Committee thereof, and subsequent conferences, to stimulate interest in those findings and recommendations, and to promote and encourage appropriate follow-up action on the part of governmental and voluntary agencies, organizations and institutions at state and local levels.

Section 3. The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor of the State. It shall consist of twenty (20) citizens of the State of Delaware who have demonstrated their interest in facilities and services for children and youth. It shall include young people under twenty-five (25) years of age with demonstrated leadership ability and shall be broadly representative of the entire state, with special regard for lay participation, and including, insofar as possible, representatives of the following areas of interest in the major fields of service: education, guidance, business and labor, religion, family living, recreation and group work, physical health, mental health, social welfare, protection and correction.

Section 4. The Governor shall designate one member of the Commission to serve as its chairman.

Section 5. The chairman of the Commission is authorized to appoint an executive committee of not less than six (6) members. The chairman shall serve as chairman of the executive committee.

Section 6. The Commission shall be authorized to adopt appropriate rules and regulations governing the conduct of its business.

Section 7. No member of the Commission appointed under the provisions of this Act shall receive any compensation for his services as a member of this Commission.

Section 8. Members of the Commission shall be appointed for terms of four (4) years; except that, following adoption of this Act, ten (10) members shall be appointed for terms of two (2) years, and ten (10) members for terms of four (4) years, in order to provide for overlapping terms of membership. Any vacancy shall be filled for a full term.

Section 9. The Commission shall be authorized to call on appropriate agencies, departments and institutions of the State and other political subdivisions to provide it with advice, information, consultation and assistance.

Section 10. The Commission may call on appropriate voluntary agencies and organizations for advice, information consultation and assistance.

Section 11. The Governor is authorized to designate one or more appropriate agencies, departments or institutions of the State to provide staff, office space and operating expenses suitable to the Commission, or to allocate funds for this purpose from funds which may be legally expended for such purpose.

Approved June 5, 1951.