CHAPTER 237

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE STATE OF DELAWARE TO BORROW MONEY TO BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING OF STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS IN DOVER, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS AND NOTES THEREFOR, APPROPRIATING THE MONEY BORROWED TO A BUILDING COMMISSION AND TO THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION, AND TRANSFERRING THE OLD STATE HOUSE TO THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (three-fourths of all the Members Elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. There is appropriated to the Building Commission for the State Office Building, herein created, the sum of Two Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,900,000) or so much thereof as shall be received from the sale of the bonds and notes hereinafter authorized, which shall be used for the designing, planning, inspection, construction and equipping of a State Office Building to be constructed on state owned lands in Dover.

Section 2. There is appropriated to the Public Archives Commission the sum of $200,000, or so much thereof as shall be received from the sale of the bonds and notes, hereinafter authorized which shall be used for the repairs, alterations, rearrangement of offices and installation of a freight-passenger elevator and other new equipment in the Hall of Records Building.

Section 3. Any of said appropriated funds remaining unexpended at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund, but shall remain to be used for the purposes set forth in this Act.

Section 4. The said sum of Three Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,100,000) shall be borrowed by the issuance of bonds and bond anticipation notes upon the full faith and credit of the State of Delaware. Such bonds and notes shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 74, Title 29, Delaware Code. For purpose of identification, the bonds issued pursuant to this authorization Act may be known, styled or referred to as "State Office Building Bonds of 1964".

Section 5. There is hereby appropriated from the General Fund such sums as may be necessary for the expenses incident to the issuance of the bonds and notes herein authorized, and such further sums as may be necessary to pay any interest which becomes due on such bonds and notes during the current fiscal year and such further sums as may be necessary for the repayment of the principal of any of the said bonds which become due during the current fiscal year. Vouchers for the payment of the expenses incident to the issuance of bonds and notes and for the interest and repayment of said notes shall be signed by the Secretary of State by and with the approval of the Issuing Officers. Any moneys received from the premium and acrued interest on the sale of said bonds shall be deposited to the credit of the General Fund.

Section 6. The Budget Appropriation Bill which shall be enacted and approved by the General Assembly for the fiscal year next following the effective date of this Act and for each subsequent fiscal year or biennium, shall contain under the Debt Service Item provisions for the payment of interest and principal maturities of the bonds (or notes which are not to be funded by the issuance of bonds) issued under the authority of this Act, and such of the revenues of the State of Delaware as are not prohibited by constitutional provisions or committed by preceding statutes for other purposes are hereby pledged for the redemption and cancellation of said bonds and payment of interest thereon.

Section 7. The Governor shall appoint to the Building Commission for the State Office Building Commission herein created, seven members to be designated as the Building Commission for the State Office Building. The seven members of the Building Commission shall be selected as follows: one from the Public Archives Commission, one from the Buildings and Grounds Commission, one from the State Board of Education, one from the State Supreme Court, one from the Public Service Commission, the Secretary of State and the Director of State Planning. The Building Commission shall have the power to make and enter into contracts for the designing, planning, construction and equipping of the State Office Building and for landscaping.

Section 8. Upon the completion of the State Office Building, the offices of the State Department of Public Instruction shall be removed from the State House Annex to the new Building, and the Governor and the Custodian of the State House, shall transfer the offices then in the Old State House to other appropriate space. When the Old State House is thus vacated, it shall be designated by the Governor as an historic site and the custody and administration of it transferred to the Public Archives Commission in accordance with Title 29, Sections 3351-3355, Delaware Code. The Public Archives Commission shall then proceed with the restoration and administration of the Old State House as an historic building.

Section 9. Upon the completion of the said State Office Building, the Corporation Department and the Franchise Tax Department of the Office of the Secretary of State shall be moved from the present Hall of Records Building to the State Office Building; the space vacated by them shall then be allocated by the Governor and the Custodian to the Public Archives Commission.

Approved February 28, 1964.