CHAPTER 243

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 329

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FIRE PREVENTION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Three-fifths of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code by adding a new § 6622 thereto as follows:

Ҥ 6622.

(a) The State Fire Prevention Commission shall promulgate regulations requiring financial audits of volunteer fire and ambulance companies and the Smyrna and Georgetown American Legion Ambulances and the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad. The regulations shall include, but not be limited to, specifying the required types of audits, the reporting periods, procedures for reviewing the audits and the processes to be followed in the event a company fails to submit or submits an inadequate audits.

(b) The State Fire Prevention Commission shall have the authority, after a hearing, to impose a civil penalty not to exceed $100 against any volunteer fire and ambulance companies, the Smyrna and Georgetown American Legion Ambulances and the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad that fails to comply with any regulation promulgated pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section. Each day a violation continues may be deemed a separate offense in the Commission’s discretion. However, in no event shall the total penalties exceed $5,000 per reporting period.

(c) The penalties specified in this Section are in addition to and not in lieu of any other penalties provided for under this Chapter.”.

Approved June 18, 2008