CHAPTER 435

FORMERLY

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 66

PROVIDING FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A COMMITTEE TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR THE HOUSING OF SEVERELY HANDICAPPED CITIZENS.

WHEREAS, through the years the State of Delaware has prepared plans to provide assistance for the handicapped and the seriously handicapped; and

WHEREAS, this humanitarian effort speaks well for the public and private interests involved; and

WHEREAS, there remain many opportunities to assist our handicapped citizens who through no fault of their own are required to live semi-lives which can be improved if we apply some of the talent and wealth of our people to their problems; and

WHEREAS, there continue to come to our attention cases of severely handicapped persons who do not receive adequate care because we do not hear about them until some familiar catastrophe has publicized their circumstances; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the State to assist such persons before a crisis renders them helpless.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring, provides by this resolution for the appointment of a committee of nine persons who shall make an intensive study of the problem of severely handicapped persons and shall develop a plan, subject to legislative approval, for a state project to assist the severely handicapped.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that of the nine persons appointed to the committee three shall be named by the Governor, three by the President Pro Tern of the Senate and three by the Speaker of the House; and that those named as above shall represent in each instance one of the three counties of the State and that no more than two named by each of the appointive powers shall be of the same major political party.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall meet and select its own chairman.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall have the assistance of any department or agency of the State which receives an appropriation from the General Assembly.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee will welcome the assistance of any private agency having knowledge of and experience with the problems involved in caring for the severely handicapped.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall consider means whereby the State can assist families by providing a friendly setting for the severely handicapped where they can spend a part of their days.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such handicapped care sites be located, if feasible, in each county and supported by funds from families and the state.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee report back to the General Assembly not later than 12 months after approval of this resolution by both branches of the General Assembly.

Note: Passed by the General Assembly on March 20, 1980. Not formally delivered to the Governor.