CHAPTER 72

RELATING TO PENSION PLAN

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYEES' PENSION PLAN, BY CHANGING THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THE SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A DECEASED EMPLOYEE MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAYMENTS.

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 to read as follows:

§ 5547. Benefits payable to surviving spouse

The surviving spouse of any employee who has died after having served in covered employment for at least 15 years and who was (a) retired for disability and receiving a disability pension under this Chapter or, (b) in covered employment at the time of his death 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 for disability on the day of his death.

Section 2. There is hereby appropriated to the State Treasurer the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($1,250.00) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1956, and the sums of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) for each of the two fiscal years beginning, respectively, on July 1, 1957, and July 1, 1958, 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, 1959, 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 May 3, 1957.