CHAPTER 231

RELATING TO DELAWARE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND

AN ACT AMENDING CHAPTER 21, TITLE 31, DELAWARE CODE OF 1953, ENTITLED "DELAWARE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND", PROVIDING FOR REGISTRATION TO SOLICIT PUBLIC DONATIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BLIND; VIOLATIONS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Chapter 21, Title 31, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by adding to the end thereof a new section to read as follows;

§ 2115. Soliciting public donations for the blind; registration; violations

(a) All organizations or individuals, who, in person, or through agents or representatives, or by mail, solicit and receive donations for the benefit of the blind and all organizations or individuals selling merchandise, or raising money through the giving of concerts or other forms of entertainment, upon the representation or under the pretense that the whole or any part of the profit derived from the sale or barter of such merchandise, or the giving of such concerts or other forms of entertainment, shall be used for the benefit of the blind, shall be required to apply for a permit from The Delaware Commission for the Blind and to file with them information setting forth the purposes for which the moneys being raised shall be used.

(b) If the application is approved, the Commission shall authorize such organizations or individuals, without cost, to solicit and receive donations and shall permit such organizations or individuals to sell merchandise, or to raise money through the giving of concerts or other forms of entertainment.

(c) If the application is disapproved, the Commission shall so notify such organizations or individuals giving the reasons therefor.

(d) Any organization or individual who shall violate any provisions of this section or who shall solicit and receive donations, or sell merchandise, or raise money through the giving of concerts or other forms of entertainment without first applying for and obtaining authorization as herein provided, or who shall solicit funds under any such authorization and thereafter divert the same to purposes other than that for which they were contributed, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to any Delaware non-profit corporations organized to serve the blind of Delaware.

Approved July 1, 1953.