CHAPTER 689

HOUSE BILL NO. 1298

AN ACT CONTINUING THE COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26 OF THE 128TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE TO STUDY THE ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THIS STATE AND FURTHER AUTHORIZING THE COMMITTEE TO EMPLOY A CONSULTANT AND PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION FOR SUCH CONSULTANT.

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

Section 1. The Committee established pursuant to House Joint Resolution No. 26 of the 128th General Assembly, to study the administration and operation of the public school system in this State is continued until June 30, 1977. The thirteen members of the Committee as of the effective date of this Act shall remain as Committee members, except as provided in the following sentence. In the event that any member of the Committee ceases to hold his or her present seat in the General Assembly, he or she will remain a member of the Committee until January, 1977, whereupon his or her replacement shall be named by the Speaker of the House or the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, as the case may be. In the event that the Governor's appointee shall cease to be a member of such committee, his replacement shall be named by the Governor.

Section 2. The Committee shall have such powers and duties as are set forth in House Joint Resolution No. 26 and shall submit its report and any recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on or before May 1, 1977.

Section 3. The Committee shall have the authority to engage the services of a consultant who shall work with the Committee under the guidance of the Controller General.

Section 4. The Joint Finance Committee of the 128th General Assembly is authorized to include the sum of $25,000 for the position of the consultant to the Committee in the FY 77 budget for the Office of Controller General to conduct studies during the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1976. Any of such funds remaining unexpended or unencumbered on June 30, 1977 shall then revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Section 5. Any funds appropriated by House Joint Resolution No. 26 of the 128th General Assembly to the Committee for the purpose of covering the expenditures of the Committee herein continued and remaining unexpended and unencumbered on June 30, 1976, shall be retained by such Committee and shall not revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware until June 30, 1977.

Section 6. Any provisions of House Joint Resolution No. 26 that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby declared null and void.

Approved August 3, 1976