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                                                                                               ___  General Assembly
                                                                                                       House Bill No____

                  AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE TO DEFINE, CREATE AND

                  MAINTAIN AN INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

          1    The Constitution of the State of Delaware ( with two-thirds of the members of both houses concurring in two successive


          2    sessions of the General Assembly ) is hereby amended as follows:

          3                                                                                          Article XIX

          4                                                                                   Inspector General

          5    Section 1.   Inspector General to have special conservative powers.

          6    There shall be established an maintained an independent Office of the Inspector General which shall be vested with special


          7    investigative and prosecutorial powers over the State, its political subdivisions, agencies, instrumentalities and assigns.

          8    Section 2.   Duties and Powers.

          9   The Inspector General shall have the power of special internal investigation of any form of  wrongdoing or defective performance


       10    of any agency or individual component thereof  as outlined in section 1 as well as full prosecutorial powers and other such

       11    administrative remedies to effect correction as necessary.



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        12    The Office of Inspector General shall conduct all such investigations objectively and in the greater public interest and in a


        13    nonpolitical manner in a general legal framework of constitutional protection and sound management of public resources.

        14    The Inspector General shall be fully charged as a conservator of the peace within the scopeand purview of his authority as


        15    in Article XV of the Delaware Constitution.

         16   Section 3.   Term of Office

         17   The term of office of the Inspector General shall be limited to two four-year terms.

         18   Election of the Inspector General shall coincide with the general cycle corresponding to the second year of the term of the


         19   Governor, and shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis.

         20   Section 3.    Qualifications

         21   The Inspector General shall be at least thirty years of age and, have been a citizen and inhabitant of Delaware for two years


         22    before the day of his election unless he shall have been absent on public business of the United States or of this State.

         23    No person affiliated with a political party shall be a candidate for or serve in the Office of  Inspector General.

 
         24    Section 4.    Establishment

         25    The General Assembly shall have the power to create and the duty to maintain this office through appropriate legislation.



                                                                                                        Synopsis:

                  This legislation creates a state constitutional amendment establishing an independent  Office of Inspector General.


                

          WvB/IPoD/01282008                                                                                                 amended 05302012_144EDT WvB

                                                                                                          

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Legislation

Proposed Delaware Constitutional Amendment: Inspector General