TITLE 29

State Government

State Offices Created by Constitution

CHAPTER 21. GOVERNOR


The annual salary of the Governor shall be $107,000, commencing with the day of inauguration.

Code 1852, § 466; 21 Del. Laws, c. 51; 23 Del. Laws, c. 61; Code 1915, § 389; 34 Del. Laws, c. 53, § 1; Code 1935, §§ 363, 373A; 47 Del. Laws, c. 348, § 1; 48 Del. Laws, c. 150, § 1; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2101; 51 Del. Laws, c. 1; 54 Del. Laws, c. 376; 56 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 1; 63 Del. Laws, c. 351, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 71 Del. Laws, c. 1, § 1.;

The Governor may, whenever the Governor requires it for public information or to enable the Governor to discharge the duties of office with fidelity, request the members of the Supreme Court to give their opinions in writing touching the proper construction of any provision in the Constitution of this State or of the United States or the constitutionality of any law enacted by the General Assembly of this State.

Code 1852, § 482; Code 1915, § 402; Code 1935, § 374; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2102; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The Governor, in every act suspending the execution of a sentence of death, shall appoint a day for doing such execution, and specify 2 hours between which it shall be done.

Code 1852, § 483; Code 1915, § 403; Code 1935, § 375; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2103.;

The Governor may review the volunteer forces or the National Guard of the State at the Governor's pleasure.

Code 1852, § 485; Code 1915, § 405; Code 1935, § 376; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2104; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The Governor may, whenever there are reasonable grounds for the belief that the laws of this State have been violated and it is necessary for the purpose of securing the arrest of the persons offending that a reward should be offered for the arrest and conviction of such persons, issue a proclamation offering such reward as in the opinion of the Governor and the Attorney General is proper for such arrest and conviction. Upon the arrest and conviction, the amount so offered shall be paid upon a warrant drawn by the Governor on the State Treasurer in favor of the persons, certified by the Attorney General to be entitled thereto, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. The reward shall not exceed the sum of $250 in cases of felonies not capital and shall not exceed the sum of $2,000 in capital felonies. No reward shall be paid to any officer who arrests such person in the regular discharge of the officer's duty by virtue of process in the officer's hands to be executed nor to any person who has arrested the offender previous to the publication of the reward.

15 Del. Laws, c. 345; 20 Del. Laws, c. 598; 26 Del. Laws, c. 280; Code 1915, § 406; Code 1935, § 377; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2105; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

In the preparation of marriage licenses and other licenses, the Governor may stamp the same with an autograph signature stamp.

22 Del. Laws, c. 272, § 1; Code 1915, §§ 273, 427A; 28 Del. Laws, c. 40; Code 1935, §§ 245, 385; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2106.;

The Governor may issue annually a proclamation calling upon the state officials to display the United States flag on all state and school buildings and the people of the State to display the flag at their homes, lodges, churches and places of business and other suitable places on the second Sunday in May, known as Mother's Day, founded by Anna Jarvis, as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our State and the women serving it and as an inspiration for better homes and closer ties between them and the State.

31 Del. Laws, c. 73; Code 1935, § 380; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2107; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The Governor may set apart each year by proclamation 1 day to be designated as Arbor and Bird Day and may request its observance by all public schools, private schools, colleges and other institutions by the planting of trees and the adornment of the school and public grounds and by suitable exercises, having for their object the advancement of the study of arbor culture and promotion of the spirit of protection to birds and trees and the cultivation of an appreciative sentiment concerning them.

22 Del. Laws, c. 216, § 8; Code 1915, § 2420; Code 1935, § 2895; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2108.;

(a) The Governor shall proclaim March 29th of each year as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day.

(b) The Governor shall issue a proclamation calling upon officials of the government to display the flags of the United States and of the State on all governmental buildings on March 29th of each year to be known as Delaware Swedish Colonial Day and inviting the people of the State to observe Delaware Swedish Colonial Day in schools, churches, patriotic and historical societies and other organizations with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the landing of the Swedes upon the soil of Delaware.

42 Del. Laws, c. 207; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2109.;

The Governor may issue a proclamation calling upon all teachers of schools to arrange special programs during American Education Week and calling upon the people of the entire State to observe it in some fitting manner.

42 Del. Laws, c. 127; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 2110.;

(a) The Governor shall proclaim the last week of the month of March each year as Delaware Head Start Week.

(b) The Governor shall issue annually a proclamation calling upon all administrators, staff and volunteers at all Head Start Programs and Early Childhood Assistance Programs in the State to arrange special programs during and in observance of Delaware Head Start Week and calling upon the people of the entire State to observe it in some fitting manner.

72 Del. Laws, c. 283, § 1.;

(a) The Governor may, by proclamation, upon the recommendation of the State Forester of the existence of extreme wild fire hazard under conditions of drought or other conditions or situations creating a fire hazard detrimental to the public interest, declare, designate and establish definite areas within which it shall be unlawful, during the period covered by the proclamation, to set fire to or in any manner cause to be set on fire any marsh, woods, cuttings of forest growth, leaves, grass or other material or to kindle a camp fire or have any out-of-door fire. The Governor may also, by proclamation, suspend any open hunting season of wildlife under the above conditions within any designated areas.

(b) Any such proclamation shall be in full force and effect at the expiration of 24 hours after public notice is given in the manner the Governor shall determine and shall remain in full force until rescinded by the Governor.

(c) Whoever violates this section shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100, or imprisoned not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days, or both.

29 Del. C. 1953, § 2111; 49 Del. Laws, c. 15; 72 Del. Laws, c. 283, § 1.;

The Governor may issue annually a proclamation calling upon state officials to display the United States flag on all state and school buildings, and the people of this State to display the flag at their homes, lodges, churches and places of business and other suitable places, on the 3rd Sunday in June, known as Father's Day, as a public expression of love and reverence for the fathers of our State and as an inspiration for better homes and closer ties between fathers and the State.

70 Del. Laws, c. 352, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 72 Del. Laws, c. 283, § 1.;

The Governor may issue annually a proclamation calling upon state officials to display the United States flag on all state and school buildings, and the people of this state to display the flag at their homes, lodges, churches and places of business and other suitable places, on the second Wednesday in June, known as Police Officers Appreciation Day, as a public expression of appreciation for those in our state who dedicate their lives to law enforcement.

72 Del. Laws, c. 40, § 1; 72 Del. Laws, c. 283, § 1.;

The Governor may issue annually a proclamation designating the 1st week in May as Correctional Officers and Employees Recognition and Appreciation Week and calling upon State officials to display the United States flag on all State and school buildings, and the people of this State to display the flag at their homes, lodges, churches and places of business and other suitable places as a public expression of recognition and appreciation for those in our State who have dedicated their lives to protecting the rights of the public to be safeguarded from criminal activity and who are responsible for the care, custody and dignity of human beings in their charge.

72 Del. Laws, c. 76, § 1; 72 Del. Laws, c. 283, § 1.;