CHAPTER 620

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20

IN REFERENCE TO FEDERAL REVENUE SHARING.

In harmony with the policy adopted by the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the National Legislative Conference following its meeting with the President on March 30, 1973, the Senate of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein, hereby adopts the following resolution:

WHEREAS, each and every one of the fifty sovereign States has, through the years, by design and by tradition, adopted certain methods of funding programs; and

WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States and the National Administration should recognize and make allowance for the unique variations in funding programs existing within the States.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Congress of the United States and the National Administration be urged to continue administering grants-in-aid programs in their present form until such time as Special Revenue Sharing programs have been enacted. Since States are in the process of adopting their budgets—some for one year, others for two—an appropriate amount of time must be available to the States in order to plan for a transition from categorical grants-in-aid to a Special Revenue Sharing approach.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress of the United States and the National Administration also be urged:

1. to provide for reasonable procedures such as hold-harmless clauses and flexible timetables,

2. to insure a greater degree of certainty in the amount of Federal funding which can be expected by the States by providing that appropriations be consonant with authorizations, and

3. to insure adequate and meaningful planning at the State level by making annual appropriations prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress of the United States and the National Administration enter into a meaningful dialogue with the States so that Special Revenue Sharing legislation will be drawn in a fashion that will enable each State to benefit equitably under such laws.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the President of the United States and to each member of Delaware's Congressional Delegation, and that they be hereby requested to jointly arrange for its insertion in the Congressional Record.

Approved May 17, 1973.