CHAPTER 186

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 694

AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION TO THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MATCHING FEDERAL FUNDS AWARDED TO DELAWARE BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATION TO AUGMENT AN ARSON CONTROL PROGRAM.

WHEREAS, Delaware has been selected as one of nine states to participate in the nation's first anti-arson strategy; and

WHEREAS, Federal funds totalling Four Hundred Eighty-one Thousand, Four Hundred Seventy-two Dollars ($481,472) have been awarded to Delaware by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; and

WHEREAS, the thrust of the program will be to enhance the existing expertise of the State of Delaware and the City of Wilmington Fire Marshal's Offices in detecting, investigating and prosecuting arson; and

WHEREAS, the programs will focus on gaining convictions as a result of stepped-up investigations by the Fire Marshal's Offices, police and the Attorney General; and

WHEREAS, the program will be administered by the State Fire Marshal; and

WHEREAS, in addition to what already exists, the program will initiate a system of investigative resources consisting of trained investigations, specialized equipment and technical assistance.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section I. The sum of Forty-three Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-eight Dollars ($43,728) is hereby appropriated to the State Fire Marshal's Office for the purpose of matching Federal funds in the amount of Four Hundred Eighty-one Thousand, Four Hundred Seventy-two Dollars ($481,472) awarded to Delaware from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to augment the existing Arson Control Program.

Section 2. This Act is a supplementary appropriation, and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer from the General Fund from monies not otherwise appropriated.

Section 3. The funds so appropriated shall be used only for the purposes set forth in Section I of this Act, and any funds so appropriated but unexpended or unencumbered by June 30, 1980, shall thereupon revert to the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved February 8, 1980.