Delaware General Assembly






WHEREAS, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, on November 21, 1973 proclaimed that a State of Emergency existed within the entire State of Delaware by reason of an impending or actual acute shortage of useable energy reserves; and

WHEREAS, in light of that crisis and in conjunction with the proclaiming of the State of Emergency, the 127th General Assembly, on November 19, 1973, by virtue of the passage of Senate Bill No. 397, as amended, which was signed into law on November 20, 1973, authorized and empowered the Governor to promulgate reasonable orders, rules and regulations as he deemed necessary, to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to bring the emergency situation under control within the acknowledged limitation of his powers as one Governor of one State; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill No. 397, as amended, authorizes the Governor to inter ailia, establish and implement standards for the conservation and consumption of energy reserves as well as modify existing standards and requirements affecting the use of energy reserves; and

WHEREAS, a substantial conservation of Delaware's useable energy reserves can be realized by cutting back on the use of energy by the outdoor advertising industry in Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the largest firms doing business in Delaware have exhibited splendid cooperation in voluntarily implementing the commendable program of effecting an overall 25% reduction of electrical consumption; and

WHEREAS, it is now deemed advisable to formally embody this voluntary program into a Proclamation as authorized by Senate Bill No. 397 to obtain uniformity as well as necessary and reasonable conservation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, determine that the following action is reasonable and necessary in view of the emergency situation, and do hereby order and declare as follows:

1. Pursuant to the authority granted to the Governor to establish and implement standards or requirements affecting the conservation of energy reserves, the outdoor advertising industry in the State of Delaware is hereby ordered to effect reduction of electrical consumption equal to 257 (of the electrical energy consumed in the corresponding months in calendar year 1972. Daylight savings time shall be considered only in those months in which it was in effect in the corresponding 1972 month.

2. Insofar as individual companies effect an overall 25% savings of electrical consumption, they shall be free to choose the means by which it is achieved including, but not limited to, the employment of combinations of earlier cut-off times for certain billboards and turning some billboards off entirely.

3. Pursuant to Section 3128, Chapter 31, Title 20, Delaware Code Annotated, any person who violates any provision of this Order, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished in the discretion of the Court.

4. This Proclamation shall be effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, December 27, 1973 and shall terminate not later than January 31, 1974.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 21st day of December,

(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.


Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State