CHAPTER 277

AN ACT TO CREATE THE OFFICE OF CONTROLLER GENERAL AND TO MAKE A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, it is the primary responsibility of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware to appropriate the funds necessary to operate the State Government including all of its Executive and Judicial agencies as well as to provide the revenues necessary to meet the State's commitments; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly has in the past not provided itself with the necessary assistance to effectively discharge its hereinabove cited responsibilities and to assure itself that the citizens' tax dollar is being well spent,

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

Section 1. There is hereby created the office of Controller General who shall be employed by and be responsible to the Legislative Council. The primary responsibility of the Controller General shall be to work with and assist the Joint Finance Committee of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware. The Controller General shall perform such duties as are set forth in Section 2 hereof and such other duties as may be assigned or delegated to him by the Legislative Council. The Controller General and Aides shall be placed on the payroll of the Legislative Council.

Section 2. The Controller General shall: (1) at all times have full and complete access to all records of all agencies of the State Government; (2) participate in any or all hearings held by the Budget Director, the Joint Finance Committee or other State agencies in connection with contemplated General Fund Budget appropriations, Capital Improvement Programs or Supplementary Appropriations; (3) request and obtain from any State agency all reasonable information and data, as directed by the Joint Finance Committee, to assist the General Assembly in the effective discharge of its State financial responsibilities.

Section 3. The Legislative Council of the 125th General Assembly shall initiate this new function, effective July 1, 1969, with two persons including a well-qualified Controller General and a Secretary, for which there is hereby appropriated the sum of $31,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary to carry out the intent of this Act, including salaries and all other necessary expenses, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1970.

Approved July 14, 1969.