HOUSE BILL NO. 237
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 197, VOLUME 54, LAWS OF DELAWARE, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CITY OF REHOBOTH BEACH; AND PROVIDING THE COMMISSIONERS WITH THE DISCRETIONARY POWER TO SUBJECT ORDINANCES TO A REFERENDUM.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two- thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):
Section I. Amend Section 41A, Chapter 197, Volume 54, Laws of Delaware, as amended, by adding thereto a new subsection, designated as Subsection q., which new subsection shall read as follows:
"q. The Commissioners of Rehoboth Beach may, in their sole discretion, elect to adopt an ordinance subject to a referendum. In such event the Commissioners of Rehoboth Beach shall, at the same time such ordinance is adopted, pass a resolution subjecting such ordinance to a referendum. Upon the passage of a resolution subjecting the ordinance to a referendum, such ordinance shall be suspended from taking effect until 30 days after it is approved at a referendum. The referendum shall be held on the date of the annual municipal election, and shall be considered a part of that election. The referendum shall be held and conducted and the results accepted according to the provisions of Section 41A, Subsections k., I., m., n., o. and p. of the Charter of the City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. If a majority of the residents and property owners voting on the referred ordinance vote against such ordinance, it shall be considered repealed upon the certification by the Board of election. No ordinance which has been repealed as the result of a referendum shall be passed again in the same form by the Commissioners of Rehoboth Beach within a period a period of six (6) months from the date of the referendum.
Nothing contained herein shall operate so as to require the Commissioners of Rehoboth Beach to exercise their discretion to submit any ordinance to a referendum; and nothing contained herein shall operate to restrict the right of the residents and property owners of the City of Rehoboth Beach to initiate a referendum pursuant to Section 41A, Subsections a. through J. However, the decision of the Commissioners to submit an ordinance to a referendum shall, in the case of such ordinance, constitute the only referendum to which such ordinance shall be subjected; and there shall be no right to subject such ordinance to an additional or second referendum pursuant to 41A, Subsections a. through j."
Approved June 26, 1985.