CHAPTER 475

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 5

ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE, VIGOROUS, AND COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF THE BASIC UNDERLYING PROBLEMS CAUSING CIVIL UNREST.

WHEREAS, recent events in certain areas of the State illustrate the potential for widespread civil disorder; and

WHEREAS, action to be taken today will strengthen the criminal statutes to help deter such disorders but do not eliminate the basic causes of such; and

WHEREAS, there exists within certain communities of the State widespread unemployment, poverty and lack of adequate housing, recreation and educational opportunities; and

WHEREAS, positive and constructive proposals to solve these problems are necessary and of prime importance to the welfare of all citizens;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor of the State of Delaware is hereby empowered and requested to appoint immediately a committee which shall include representatives of business, local government, religious and educational groups and organized labor, plus individuals from the neighborhoods most directly involved. This Committee shall also include two members of the House of Representatives as appointed by the Speaker of the House and two members of the Senate as appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall immediately undertake a vigorous and comprehensive examination of the basic underlying problems causing the civil unrest and report back to the Governor and the General Assembly within sixty (60) days of its formation with recommendations for action that the State Government can take to solve these problems; and

BE IT FURTHER REVOLVED that the sum of $10,000 be appropriated from the General Fund to the Governor for the use of this Committee in carrying out its responsibilities.

Approved August 4, 1967.