HOUSE BILL NO. 66
AN ACT AWARDING SPECIAL PENSION BENEFITS TO ELTON R. WOOD, A FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE PERMANENTLY INJURED ON THE JOB. APPROPRIATING MONIES INTO THE SPECIAL PENSION FUND AUTHORIZED BY VOLUME 61, CHAPTER 455, LAWS OF DELAWARE AND DIRECTING THE BOARD OF PENSION TRUSTEES TO ADMINISTER PAYMENT OF THE PENSION PROVIDED BY THIS ACT AS IF THE AWARD WERE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 55, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE.
WHEREAS, Elton R. Wood was working for the State of Delaware in a hazardous-duty position when he was permanently and totally disabled at the Stevenson House by an inmate who attacked him with a pool cue; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Wood, at the time of the attack, had worked for the State for five years and one month and was employed by the Division of Juvenile Corrections of the Department of Corrections; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Wood receives only $50 a month from the State under a rule in effect at the time of his injury; and
WHEREAS, simple justice dictates that a State employee savagely injured in an on-the-job beating should receive more than $50 a month.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. The Board of Pension Trustees is hereby authorized and directed to accept and approve Elton R. Wood's application for a disability pension of $150 a month, said pension to be based on the minimum criterion of fifteen years of service, waiving eligibility criteria and statutory provisions.
Section 2. The sum of $18,706 is hereby appropriated to the Special Pension Fund authorized by Volume 61, Chapter 455, Laws of Delaware to Implement the provisions of Section 1 of this Act.
Section 3. This is a supplementary appropriation and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of funds in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.
Approved April 17, 1979