CHAPTER 498

EMPLOYEES PENSION PLAN

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYEES' PENSION PLAN, BY PROVIDING FOR PAYMENTS TO THE SURVIVING SPOUSE OF AN ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Chapter 55, Title 29, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new section, as follows:

§ 5526. Benefits payable to surviving spouse

The surviving spouse of any employee who has retired or become eligible to retire under this chapter or who shall hereafter retire or become eligible to retire under this chapter shall, until the death or remarriage of such surviving spouse, receive a pension equal to one half the amount which

(a) a retired employee was or shall be receiving at the time of his death, or

(b) an unretired employee was or shall be entitled to receive if he had retired on the day of his death.

Section 2. There is hereby appropriated to the State Treasurer the sum of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1955, and the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1956, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.

Section 3. The sums required by each State Agency for pensions payable to the surviving spouses of employees of such agency in the biennium beginning July 1, 1957, and each biennium thereafter shall be included in the estimate of each such agency reported to the Budget Commission and in the Budget Appropriation Bill submitted to the General Assembly.

Section 4. This is a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the sums hereby appropriated shall be paid out 'of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved July 27, 1955.