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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule to the contrary and in order to promote the public good, the state board of retirement shall retire Michael G. Sweeney, an environmental police officer of the division of environmental law enforcement due to his total and permanent incapacitation from further service. The annual retirement allowance payable to Michael G. Sweeney under this act shall be fixed in an amount equal to 72 per cent of his average regular compensation for the 12 month period in which he received his highest compensation as an environmental police officer. The benefits shall be effective upon the date of his retirement. Michael G. Sweeney shall be entitled to and shall receive all annual cost of living adjustments to his annual pension granted under section 102 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.

Upon the death of Michael Sweeney, the state retirement board shall pay to the surviving children of Michael Sweeney until the age of 18, a pension of equal proportion to each child which shall total 2/3 of the amount of the pension payable to said Michael Sweeney at the time of his death; but for any such child who reaches the age of 18 and is then attending or attends thereafter, but before the age of 23, either a secondary school or an accredited post secondary school in an approved degree granting program, but excluding a program beyond an undergraduate degree, the payments shall continue or resume while such child is attending that program, as the case may be, until the age of 23. When such a child reaches age 23 or no longer meets the qualifications for receipt of the pension allocation provided in this section, that child's pension allocation shall cease and any remaining qualified children shall continue to receive the same amount each received before any child's allocation ceased. When the last child reaches age 23 or no longer meets the qualifications for receipt of the pension allocation as provided for herein, the pension allocation shall cease.

Approved August 28, 2002.