SENATE BILL NO. 410
AN ACT RELATING TO A PENSION FOR LAWRENCE THOMPSON, A FORMER BEE INSPECTOR WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
WHEREAS, Lawrence Thompson, a former bee inspector with the Department of Agriculture for a period of fifteen years, has been denied a service pension by the Board of Pension Trustees under the provisions of Rule and Regulation No. 10.6; and
WHEREAS, Regulation No. 10.6 relates to part-time employment which was adopted by the Board subsequent to Lawrence Thompson's retirement in 1967; and
WHEREAS, despite Lawrence Thompson's part-time employment as a State Bee Inspector for fifteen years for the Department of Agriculture, he was never informed by his superiors that he was not entitled to pension benefits; and
WHEREAS, Lawrence Thompson requested a hearing before the Board of Pension Trustees on August 16, 1973, pursuant to the Board's hearing procedures, at which time the Board requested that he submit additional supportive evidence; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Thompson subsequently furnished the Board information of a Mr. Fox who had been receiving a pension as a part-time employee, up to the time of his death, as a custodian; and
WHEREAS, the nature of the work Mr. Thompson performed was not only hazardous but required him to be on duty 24 hours a day; and
WHEREAS, Lawrence Thompson is deserving of a service pension by virtue of the fact that he was on call 24 hours a day, that he worked for the State for fifteen years and the hazardous nature of his work.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. The Board of Pension Trustees is hereby directed to accept the application of Mr. Lawrence Thompson for a service pension in accordance with Chapter 55, Title 29, Delaware Code and the Board is further directed to determine that said Lawrence Thompson is eligible for said pension.
Approved June 11, 1974.