AN ACT DECLARING THE POLICY OF THIS STATE REGARDING REORGANIZATION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT AND CREATING A GOVERNOR'S TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT THE REORGANIZATION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND PRESCRIBING CERTAIN POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SUCH TASK FORCE AND MAKING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT.
WHEREAS, the executive responsibility in the State of Delaware has been diffused, scattered, and inherently unresponsive to the citizens because of the form and structure of the executive branch of government which has existed in Delaware;
WHEREAS, various studies have been undertaken and completed and many recommendations have been made in the past but concrete plans for a comprehensive executive reorganization have not been formulated or implemented heretofore;
WHEREAS, a process of planning and implementation of a comprehensive reorganization of the Executive Branch should begin at this time under the direction of the Governor with the assistance of a task force and staff as hereinafter provided.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it enacted by the 125th General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that the commission form of government shall be abolished and a cabinet form of government shall be adopted so that the Office of Governor shall possess the supreme executive power vested in it by the Constitution of this State.
Section 2. There is hereby created a Governor's Task
Force on Government Reorganization (hereinafter "Task Force") which shall be constituted and empowered as follows:
(a) The Task Force shall be an instrument of the office of the Governor and shall carry out such duties in regard to reorganization of the executive branch of the State government as the Governor shall direct.
(b) The Task Force shall consist of not less than three nor more than nine citizens of this State who shall be appointed by the Governor and serve at the pleasure of the Governor and without compensation, save for reimbursement of expenses.
(c) The Task Force shall have the right of access to all records, proceedings and personnel of the commissions and departments of the executive branch of the State government to carry out the purposes of this Act.
(d) The Task Force is empowered to retain such staff and consultants and to purchase such equipment and supplies as shall be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act and as shall be within the appropriation to the Task Force.
Section 3. It is hereby appropriated to the Office of the Governor the sum of $10,000 to carry out the purposes of this Act from the effective date hereof to the end of the current fiscal year. This appropriation shall be considered a supplementary appropriation and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the funds of the State Treasury from funds not otherwise appropriated and shall be additional to any other funds appropriated to the Office of the Governor. The funds appropriated hereby shall be used only for the purposes specified, and any unexpended funds shall revert to the general funds of the State Treasury on June 30, 1969.
Section 4. The existence of the Governor's Task Force on Government Reorganization created by this Act shall terminate upon December 31, 1970.
Approved April 25, 1969.