Harris B. McDowell
This Act relates to police and fire pension funds created under Title 18 of the Delaware Code. The General Assembly created a special fund in the hopes of ensuring adequate pensions for affected police officers and firefighters, and their surviving spouses. This has not come to pass with regard to all pensions, however. By way of example only, the average surviving spouse in the Wilmington Police and Fire retirement plan receives a pension of only $10,080, which is $1,090 dollars below the 2012 poverty level. Moreover, there have been only five disbursements under the special fund in its 48 year history. To address this, the Act would allow for an additional manner of providing distributions from the related special fund established for Police and Fire pensions. Specifically, disbursements from the fund to be made under this Act would be biennial and structured in 3 categories. The 3 categories are based upon length of retirement and whether the eligible individual is a surviving spouse or receiving a disability pension.
Signed by Governor
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
Amendment HA 1 to SB 11 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
Passed By House. Votes: 40 YES 1 ABSENT
Amendment HA 1 to SB 11 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Reported Out of Committee (Revenue & Finance) in House with 9 On Its Merits
Assigned to Revenue & Finance Committee in House
Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 2 NO 1 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT
Introduced and Assigned to Finance Committee in Senate
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