AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO PENSIONS OF STATE EMPLOYEES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. Chapter 55, Title 29, Delaware Code, is amended by adding a new section 5529 as follows:
§ 5529. Benefits payable to surviving spouse of employee not disabled
The surviving spouse of any employee who has died after having served in covered employment for at least 15 years and who was 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 the employee was or shall be entitled to receive if he had retired on the day of his death.
Section 2. This act shall become effective July 1, 1961.
Section 3. § 5528, Title 29, Delaware Code, is repealed and a new Section 5528 enacted in lieu thereof as follows:
§ 5528. Effect of amendments
Any amendment to this Chapter shall apply to State employees who had retired prior to the effective date of the amendment, or the surviving spouse of a State employee so retired and also to State employees retiring after the effective date of the amendment, or the surviving spouse of a State employee so retiring, unless the bill containing the amendment specifically provides otherwise, but nothing contained in this section shall be construed so as to reduce the pension payments already properly awarded a former State employee, or the surviving spouse of a former State employee.
Approved May 24, 1961.