CHAPTER 322

RELATING TO DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

AN ACT GRANTING THE CONSENT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE TO THE ACQUISITION BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OF CERTAIN LANDS FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH A MILITARY RESERVATION KNOWN AS DOVER AIR FORCE BASE AND CEDING JURISDICTION OVER SUCH LANDS.

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

Section 1. Pursuant to Article 1, Section VIII, Clause 17 of the Constitution of the United States, the consent of the State of Delaware is hereby given to the acquisition by the United States of America of certain tracts or parcels of land located and lying within Kent County, Delaware, and known as Dover Air Force Base.

Section 2. Exclusive jurisdiction over the aforesaid land is hereby granted and ceded to the United States of America reserving, however, to this State concurrent jurisdiction for the purpose of execution and service upon said land of all process, civil or criminal, lawfully issued by the court of the State and not incompatible with the cession; such jurisdiction to continue so long as the said land shall be owned by the United States. This provision shall take effect as to each piece or parcel of land acquired under authority of Section 1 above upon depositing in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware of a suitable plan of such land but not otherwise.

Section 3. If at any time hereafter the United States shall acquire any additional land within this State for use in connection with the Dover Air Force Base this act shall be construed to cede to the United States jurisdiction over such additional land to the same extent as is vested by this act.

Section 4. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

Approved July 8, 1953.