(3) Each Ethics Committee shall maintain records of its proceedings and advisory opinions which shall be available for reference by the Committee, subsequent Committees and their staff. (8838)
(b) Each Committee shall investigate allegations of violations of this chapter by the members of the respective House and shall make recommendations to the respective House with respect thereto. If in the course of any proceeding, advisory or investigative, the Committee shall become aware of any substantial evidence of a violation of any law involving legislative conduct subject to its jurisdiction it shall report the same to the appropriate federal or state authorities. (8839)
(67 Del. Laws, c. 419, Sec. 1.) (8840)
For the purposes of this chapter: (8842)
(1) A "close relative" means a person's parents, spouse, children (natural or adopted) and siblings of the whole and half-blood. (8843)
(2) A person has a "financial interest" in a private enterprise if he or she: (8844)
a. Has a legal or equitable ownership interest in the enterprise of more than 10% (1% in the case of a corporation whose stock is regularly traded on an established securities market); or (8845)
b. Is associated with the enterprise and received from the enterprise during the last calendar year or might reasonably be expected to receive from the enterprise during the current or the next calendar year income in excess of $5,000 for services as an employee, officer, director, trustee or independent contractor; or (8846)
c. Is a creditor of a private enterprise in an amount equal to 10% or more of the debt of that enterprise (1% or more in the case of a corporation whose securities are regularly traded on an established securities market). (8847)
(3) A "person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, trust, joint venture and any other association of individuals or entities. (8848)
(4) A "private enterprise" means any activity whether conducted for profit or not for profit and includes the ownership of real or personal property; provided, that "private enterprise" does not include any activity of the State, any political subdivision or any agency, authority or instrumentality thereof. (8849)
(67 Del. Laws, c. 419, Sec. 1.) (8850)
State Government The General Assembly (8853)
There is created a Legislative Council which shall be composed of 10 members of the General Assembly as follows: (8855)
(1) From the Senate: The President Pro Tem, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, 1 member appointed by the President Pro Tem and 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader. (8856)
(2) From the House: The Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, 1 member appointed by the Speaker and 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader. (8857)
(29 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 1101; 55 Del. Laws, c. 322; 59 Del. Laws, c. 253, Sec. 14.) (8858)
(a) The members of the Council who are not appointed shall serve during their term of office in the General Assembly and until their successors are selected. The members of the Council who are appointed shall be appointed at the first annual session of every new General Assembly and shall serve during their term of office in the General Assembly and until their successors are selected. (8860)
(b) In the case of a vacancy in the office of any member of the Council who is not appointed, a successor shall serve during such member's term of office in the General Assembly and until a successor has been selected. In the case of a vacancy in the office of any member of the Council who is appointed, a successor shall be appointed by the member of the Council occupying, at the time of the vacancy, the office from which the appointment was made. (8861)
(29 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 1102; 55 Del. Laws, c. 322; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1.) (8862)
(a) The President Pro Tem shall be Chairperson of the Council during odd-numbered years and Vice-Chairperson during even-numbered years. (8864)
(b) The Speaker shall be Chairperson of the Council during even-numbered years and Vice-Chairperson during odd-numbered years. (8865)
(29 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 1103; 55 Del. Laws, c. 322; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1.) (8866)
The Council shall: (8868)
(1) Summarize and digest information on matters relating to the general welfare of the State; (8869)
(2) On its own initiative or at the direction of the General Assembly or of the Senate or House, make studies on subjects of interest and concern and, based thereon, recommend such legislation as the welfare of the State may require; (8870)
(3) Recommend such codification and general revision of the Constitution and the laws of the State as may from time to time be necessary; (8871)
(4) Recommend such changes in the rules and procedures of the Senate and House as may advance the consideration of legislation by the General Assembly; (8872)
(5) Cooperate with and assist the work of interim committees or of commissions appointed at the direction of the General Assembly or of the Senate or House; (8873)
(6) Cooperate with the appropriate committees of the General Assembly or of the Senate or House to assure efficient utilization of its employees; (8874)
(7) Arrange for the obtaining of the printing needs and supplies and equipment of the General Assembly, subject to the laws of the State relating to the purchasing of state supplies; (8875)
(8) Employ such staff as it deems necessary to carry out this chapter; (8876)
(9) Prepare or cause to be prepared and drafted such bills, amendments, joint and concurrent resolutions, resolutions, memorials and revisions and substitutes thereto which are proposed to be introduced into the General Assembly as may be requested by any member of the General Assembly and otherwise render assistance, aid, information, counsel and advice in the preparation and drafting of any such proposed legislation; (8877)
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