SENATE BILL NO. 23
AN ACT RELATING TO A SURVIVOR'S PENSION FOR MRS. RICHARD C. BECKETT, WIFE OF RICHARD C. BECKETT, A FORMER STATE SANITARY ENGINEER WITH THE OLD DELAWARE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.
WHEREAS, Richard C. Beckett was employed by the old Delaware State Board of Health from January 1, 1924, to December 16, 1948, as a Sanitary Engineer; and
WHEREAS, Richard C. Beckett died on December 16, 1948, while enroute to a meeting of the State Board of Health; and
WHEREAS, Mr. William L. Phillips of the Office of Pensions and Investments has informed Mrs. Beckett that she is not entitled to any survivor's benefits since the surviving spouse benefits provision of the State Employees Pension Plan did not go into effect until 1955, to wit: Volume 50, Chapter 498, Laws of Delaware, which did not have any retroactive provisions; and
WHEREAS, Richard C. Beckett served with fidelity and distinction for almost 25 years until his death in December of 1948; and
WHEREAS, his widow, Mrs. Richard C. Beckett, should receive widow's pension benefits for the long and dedicated services rendered to the State of Delaware by her deceased husband, Richard C. Beckett.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
to accept the application of Mrs. Richard C. Beckett for a survivor's pension from her late husband, Mr. Richard C. Beckett, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 55, Title 29, Delaware Code, and further directed to determine the said Mrs. Richard C. Beckett to be eligible for a survivor's pension under the provisions of §5528, Title 29, Delaware Code.
Approved June 23, 1975.