CHAPTER 86

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 23

AN ACT AWARDING SPECIAL PENSION BENEFITS TO GEORGE A. WARD AND DIRECTING THE BOARD OF PENSION TRUSTEES TO ADMINISTER THE PENSION PROVIDED AS IF THE AWARD WERE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 55, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE.

WHEREAS, George A. Ward has been a valued employee of the State of Delaware for 16 years and 9 months; and

WHEREAS, George A. Ward has been a competent, able and talented landscape technician for the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Administrative Services since 1966 and desires to retire at the age of 82 years; and

WHEREAS, the Secretary of Administrative Services in 1982 nominated George A. Ward for the prestigious Diamond State Award in recognition of meritorious services; and

WHEREAS, George A. Ward has been denied a pension because of an obscure law which requires entry into State employment before age 65 to qualify for a pension; and

WHEREAS, George A. Ward has made contributions to the pension fund on the assumption that he was eligible and is deserving of a pension:

NOW, THEREFORE:

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 grant George A. Ward a pension as if the award were made pursuant to Chapter 55, Title 29, Delaware Code.

Section 2. The Budget Director and Controller General are hereby authorized and directed to transfer the sum of 513,398 from the Budget Office Contingency-Termination Pay (10-02-004-01-80) in the Fiscal 1983 Budget Act to the Special Pension Fund authorized by Volume 61, Chapter 455, Laws of Delaware, to implement the provisions of this act.

Approved June 29, 1983.