CHAPTER 212

APPROPRIATION - SUPREME COURT

AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE MONEY TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRINTING AND INDEXING THE TRANSCRIPTS OF DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1897.

WHEREAS, there was a constitutional convention held in this State which resulted in the adoption of the Constitution of 1897, and

WHEREAS, there was a stenographic record kept of the proceedings and debates in the constitutional convention which are of great historical interest and of practical assistance in construing particular provisions of the Constitution of 1897, and

WHEREAS, there were only three typewritten copies of the debates and proceedings of said convention prepared, one of which is now in the possession of the State Archivist in Dover, the second of which is in the possession of the Equitable Security Trust Company, Ninth and Market Streets, Wilmington, Delaware, and the third of which is in the possession of the Clerk of the Supreme Court in his office in Dover, and

WHEREAS, copies of the transcripts of proceedings and debates, consisting of fifteen volumes, are rapidly deteriorating because of frequent handling and the passing of time and will probably soon become unavailable for any purpose through destruction by use and thus be irretrievably lost to the State, and

WHEREAS, it is in the public interest that these records be permanently preserved for the benefit of the people of the State of Delaware,

NOW THEREFORE,

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

Section 1. The Supreme Court is authorized to edit, print, bind and index the transcripts of the debates and proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1897.

Section 2. The State Archivist is hereby directed to assist in the editing, printing, binding and indexing of the transcripts of the debates and proceedings of the Constitution Convention of 1897 upon the request of the Supreme Court.

Section 3. The Supreme Court is authorized to determine the number of sets to be printed and to make distribution of such sets to any State agencies. The Supreme Court may arrange for the sale of sets to the public at a price set by the Supreme Court. All funds derived from such sales shall be placed in the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Section 4. The sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) is hereby appropriated to the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.

Section 5. This Act is a supplementary appropriation, and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware, and any money not expended by July 1, 1959 shall revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved June 28, 1957.