Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for payment by the Methuen Firefighters' Relief Association, Inc. of certain retirement benefits, 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,
Chapter 191 of the acts of 1959 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
Notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary, any member in good standing of the Methuen Firefighters' Relief Association, Inc. who retires from active duty in the Methuen fire department shall apply to the board of directors, in writing, within sixty days of said retirement, for the purpose of receiving a percentage of the full retirement benefit based upon years of membership in said association as follows: less than five years zero percent; five years or more, but less than ten years, ten percent; ten years or more, but less than fifteen years, twenty-five percent; fifteen years or more, but less than twenty years, fifty percent; twenty years or more, but less than twenty-five years, eighty percent; twenty-five years or more, one hundred percent, and he shall thereupon cease to be a member of said association and he shall no longer be entitled to any benefits therefrom.