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AN ACT TO CREATE A STATE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION, DEFINE ITS POWERS AND DUTIES AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS THERETO.

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

Section 1. Title 31, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new chapter to read as follows:

CHAPTER 30. STATE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

§ 3001. Creation; composition; vacancies; compensation

(a) There is created a State Human Relations Commission which shall consist of 28 members. Each county of the State shall be represented by 7 members and 7 members shall be selected without regard to the county in which they reside. The members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall be broadly representative of various racial and cultural groups of the State. Seven of the original members shall be appointed for a term of one year, 7 for a term of two years, 7 for a term of three years and 7 for a term of four years. Thereafter, all appointments shall be made for terms of four years.

(b) In the event of death, removal or resignation of a member, his successor shall be appointed to serve for the unexpired term.

(c) Members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses.

§ 3002. Chairman and executive committee; meetings

(a) The Governor shall designate one of the members of the Commission to serve as its chairman.

(b) The chairman of the Commission may appoint an executive committee of not less than seven members. The chairman shall serve as chairman of the executive committee.

(c) There shall be a meeting of the executive committee or of the Commission at least once a month.

§ 3003. Secretary and other personnel

The Commission may engage an executive secretary to devote his full time to the work of the Commission at such compensation as shall be set by the Commission. The Commission may employ such additional personnel as are required for the work of the Commission at such compensation as shall be set by the Commission.

§ 3004. Powers and duties

The Commission shall cooperate with the Governor, the General Assembly, public agencies, officials, firms, corporations, civic groups and individuals in promoting amicable relationships among the various racial and cultural groups within the State. To this end the Commission may:

(1) Act as conciliator in matters involving race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry.

(2) Make such investigations, surveys and studies as are pertinent to the performance of its duties.

(3) Make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly concerning needed legislation.

Section 2. The sum of $5,000.00 is appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1962, to the Human Relations Commission for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.

Section 3. This Act is a supplementary appropriation and the money appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved December 28, 1961.