COMMISSION ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS.
AN ACT to provide for the appointment of commissioners for the promotion of uniformity of Legislation in the United States, for the appointment of members of said Commission and to prescribe their duties.
WHEREAS, the welfare of the people of the United States would be promoted by the enactment of Uniform Laws in the several States upon topics of common and public concern with reference to which the interests of the people in every State are identical, to wit: Marriage and divorce, Insolvency, the Form of Notarial Certificates, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Bills of Lading, Family Desertion, Execution and Probate of Wills, Marriage Evasion, Partnership, Workmen's Compensation, Descent and Distribution, and other subjects; and
WHEREAS, a practical uniformity in these Laws can best be attained by the concerted and concurrent action of the several States; therefore
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:
Section 1. There is hereby created a Commission which shall be styled "Commission on Uniform State Laws," to consist of three persons, to be appointed by the Governor, one from each of the three Counties, each of whom shall be a member of the Bar of this State in good standing, and who shall hold office for the term of four years respectively, and until their successors are appointed.
Section 2. It shall be the duty of said Commission to examine the subjects of Marriage and Divorce, Insolvency, the Form of Notarial Certificates, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Bills of Lading, Family Desertion, Execution and Probate of Wills, Marriage Evasion, Partnership, Workmen's Compensation, Descent and Distribution, and all
other subjects on which uniformity with the laws of other States is desirable; to ascertain the best means to effect uniformity in the laws with the States, and to represent the State of Delaware in Convention, Conference or Congress of like Commissions heretofore appointed, or to be appointed, by other States ; to consider and draft uniform laws to be submitted for the approval and adoption by the several States, and to devise and recommend such other course of action as shall best accomplish the purpose of this Act. Such Commissioners shall report to the Governor at least thirty days before the convening of the Biennial Session of the General Assembly, and the Governor shall submit to the General Assembly such report with his recommendations, if any, in reference thereto.
Section 3. Said Commissioners shall serve without compensation. Each Commissioner shall, however, be entitled to receive his actual disbursements for expenses in performing the duties of his office. Said Commissioners are also authorized to contribute a reasonable sum, not to exceed $50., annually, toward the expense of holding the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; provided, however, that the total expense to be incurred in carrying out the provisions of this Act shall not exceed in any one year the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars. This amount, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for the aforesaid purpose, and shall be paid by the State Treasurer to the Commissioners to be appointed by the Governor, upon itemized vouchers presented by said Commissioners approved by the Governor, Secretary of State and State Auditor of Accounts.
Section 4. All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
Approved April 2, A. D. 1917.