OF THE PASSING AND PUBLICATION OF LAWS AND JOURNALS
AN ACT Providing for a Method of Recording, Filing and Certifying all Acts and Resolutions passed by the General Assembly.
WHEREAS, It has been the custom of the General Assembly since the time this State was a British Colony to have all Acts and Resolutions that pass both Houses engrossed or enrolled, and the said enrollment being a survival of a custom that was necessary before the use of the typewriter or general use of the printing press,
And WHEREAS, It is now a needless expense and increases the danger of mistakes in transcribing, therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:
Section 1. All bills and resolutions passed by the General Assembly that are published in the laws shall hereafter be preserved by the art of printing or by being typewritten not being copied or transcribed with the pen.
Section 2. A Bill Clerk for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate shall be appointed by joint resolution at each Session of the General Assembly.
Section 3. The duties of said Bill Clerks shall be to have a general supervision over all bills and resolutions introduced at any session of the General Assembly. When any bill or resolution has passed both Houses it shall be the duty of said Bill Clerks to attach a parchment backing to same and to initial, seal or stamp each and every page of each and every bill so passed and present them to the presiding officers of the two Houses for their signatures, and to certify with the Secretary of Senate and Clerk of the House on the backing of each bill or resolution that such bill or resolution is the same as that which passed both Houses, and they will then deliver the same to the Chairmen of the Committee on passed bills of their respective Houses. Said Bill Clerks in addition to the duties herein prescribed shall be Clerks of the Committees on passed bills.
In case a Bill or Resolution is amended or substituted before final passage the Passed Bill Committee shall have the same re-typewritten or re-printed and said corrected copy shall be considered the original for certification and filing.
Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Chairmen of the Committee on passed bills to deliver the same to the Governor and take his receipt therefor.
Section 5. It shall be the duty of the Chairmen of the Committee on passed bills to report to their respective Houses the bills so delivered.
Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Chairmen on passed bills to report to their respective Houses any bills that may become laws without the Governor's signature in accordance with Section 18, Article 3 of the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the House in which said Act or resolution originated shall file under the hands of the presiding officer and clerk the said acts or resolutions with the Secretary of State, whose duty it shall be to publish the same as a law the same as if the Governor had signed it.
Section 7. It shall be the duty of the Chairmen of said Committees on passed bills to report at least weekly to their respective Houses the acts and joint resolutions that have been signed by the Governor.
Approved February 12, A. D. 1913.