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SENATE BILL NO. 67

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1 AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE BY ESTABLISHING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE DELAWARE INSTITUTE OF DENTAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING THE DENTAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT ANY GENERAL HOSPITAL IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE WITH AN ACCREDITED GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY IN DENTISTRY.

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

Section 1. Amend Title 14, Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new Chapter to be designated as Chapter 88 to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 88. DELAWARE INSTITUTE OF DENTAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

§8801. Purpose

The purpose of this Act shall be to support, encourage, and promote:

(1) Accredited general practice residencies in dentistry at any general hospital in the State of Delaware that will provide a comprehensive post-graduate training program pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 11, Title 24, Delaware Code.

(2) Expansion of opportunities for Delaware residents to obtain post-graduate dental training.

(3) A strengthening of the factors favoring the decision of qualified dental personnel to practice in Delaware.

(4) Dental needs of the community at large and particularly those who do not have ready access to dental programs.

§8802. Definitions

As used in this Chapter:

'Board' means the Board of Trustees of the Dental Education and Research.

§8803. Creation of Board

There is hereby established a Board of Trustees of the Delaware Institute of Dental Education and Research which shall he a state agency.

§8804. CompositionLAppointinent; Term; Compensation; Vacancies; Quorum

(a) The Board shall consist of five (5) trustees.

(b) One of the trustees shall be a layman appointed by the Governor. One of the trustees shall be a member )f the Board of Dental Examiners to he appointed by the Board of Dental Examiners. Two (2) of the trustees shall be members of the Delaware State Dental Society to be appointed by the Society. One of the trustees shall be a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Medical Center to be appointed by the Board of Directors.

(c) One (1) member shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, two (2) members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and two (2) members for three (3) years. Thereafter members shall be appointed for three (3) year terms, subject to one consecutive appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed only for the unexpired term.

(d) Three (3) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be sufficient for any action by the Board.

(e) No member of the Board shall receive any compensation for his duties in such capacity except that he may receive his actual travel expenses, including room and board.

(f) The Board shall elect a chairman from among its membership at the first annual meeting each year.

§8805. Fiscal and Property

The Board may pay or contribute to the cost of any accredited general practice residency In dentistry at any general hospital in the State of Delaware; may contribute financially to the post-graduate dental education of qualified residents of Delaware and make such other payments as are required for the furtherance of the purposes of the Institute and the performance of the duties of the Board. May receive, hold, invest, re-invest and use on behalf of the Institute and for any of its purposes real property, personal property and monies, or any Interest therein, and income therefrom, either absolutely or in trust. The Board may acquire such property or monies for such purposes by the acceptance of gifts, grants, appropriations, bequests and devices from any source, either public or private.

§8806. Education and Research

The Board may foster and support educational opportunities for Delaware residents in dentistry and dental-related fields; may promote curricular and program studies designed to meet needs in the field of dentistry and oral hygiene; may pursue these and other similar aims through contracts or other appropriate means, in cooperation with the Federal government, the State government, and the political divisions thereof, educational institutions, health services, non-profit institutions and organizations, business enterprises and other persons concerned with the dental health of the citizenry and with scientific and technological research, development and education.

§8807. Powers and Duties of the Board

For the effectuation of the purposes of this Chapter, the Board, in addition to the powers expressly granted to it by this Chapter, shall have the following powers:

(1) To select such officers, in addition to the chairman, as it may deem desirable from among its own membership.

(2) To adopt and use a seal.

(3) To sue and be sued.

(4) To adopt by-laws and to make and promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary and proper for the conduct of the business of the Board.

(5) To exercise all other powers not Inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter which may be reasonably necessary or incidental to effectuate the purposes of the Institute."

Section 2. The initial appointments to the Board of Trustees shall be as follows: Governors' appointee (1) 3 year term

Board of Dental Examiners appointee (1) 3 year term

Delaware State Dental Society appointees (2) 2 year terms

Board of Directors of the Wilmington Medical Center appointee (1) 1 year term.

Section 2. The Board, us defined in Section 1 of this Act, does not have authority to incur obligations payable from State general fund revenue prior to July 1, 1982, and in any event only after a specific appropriation to the Board by the General Assembly.

Approved July 9, 1981.