HOUSE BILL NO. 542
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDING FOR THE REGISTRATION WITH THE SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM OF MALES BORN AFTER JANUARY 1, 1960 IN ORDER TO BECOME AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN STATE BENEFITS OR EMPLOYMENT.
WHEREAS, it is a federal law that requires all males turning eighteen years of age to register with the Selective Service System; and
WHEREAS, the continuation of the program for peace time registration for the Selective Service System contributes to national readiness by reducing by up to two months the time required for full defense mobilization; and
WHEREAS, the registration program is an important signal to our allies and to our potential adversaries of the seriousness of the United States defense commitment at home and abroad; and
WHEREAS, 99 percent of potential registrants have registered with the Selective Service System since the resumption of registration and by registering have enhanced United Staters defense preparedness; and
WHEREAS, the American people overwhelmingly support registration; and
WHEREAS, the Solomon Amendment requires that eligible men must register with Selective Service to be eligible for federal student aid; and
WHEREAS, eligibility for federal employment requires registration with the Selective Service; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware provides employment to young men eligible for the Selective Service; and
WHEREAS, student aid money and employment opportunities from the State are limited and it is both Just and proper that Delawareans' tax revenue should go only to those men who obey the law and register with the Selective Service.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 59, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding a new Section 5941A which shall read u follows:
"594IA. Requirement of Registration with Selective Service System.
The rules shall provide that all males born after January 1, 1960 must have registered with the Selective Service System in order to be eligible for state employment."
Section 2. Amend Chapter 61, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding a new Section 6104 which shall read u follows:
"6104. Requirement of Registration with Selective Service System.
All males born after January 1, 1960 must have registered with the Selective Service System in order to be eligible for any scholarship, loan, grant, or any program supported by the General Fund, or any subsequent fund developed by the State to provide educational assistance to residents of the State of Delaware or any other State."
Section 3. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to that end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
Approved July 9, 1986.