Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately authorize the state employees' retirement board to grant certain retirement benefits to the surviving spouse of Edwin Livingstone, Jr., therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, and for the purpose of discharging a moral obligation of the commonwealth, the state employees' retirement board is hereby authorized and directed to pay to Margaret M. Livingstone, the surviving spouse of Judge Edwin Livingstone, Jr., retirement benefits as of May twelfth, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven equal to the benefits which would have been payable to her had said Edwin Livingstone, Jr. been retired for disability as of said date and had he elected to receive a pension or retirement allowance for life at a lesser annual rate with provision that upon his death two-thirds of such pension or retirement allowance for life at a lesser rate would be paid to said Margaret M. Livingstone, with such lesser annual rate to be determined so that the value on the date of such disability retirement of the prospective payments to such Edwin Livingstone, Jr. and Margaret M. Livingstone would have been the actuarial equivalent of the value of the full pension or retirement allowance for life to which said Edwin Livingstone, Jr. would have been entitled at the time of such retirement for disability, under sections sixty-five C and sixty-five D of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws and in accordance with the provisions of Article I of Chapter III of Part the Second of the Constitution, as amended by Article LVIII of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution. Any payments hereunder shall be in the alternative to and exclusive of any other benefit or allowance otherwise payable to said Margaret M. Livingstone from the state employees' retirement system on account of said Edwin Livingstone, Jr.