Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws or any other general law, special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, and in order to promote the public good, the state-Boston retirement board shall grant an increased accidental disability retirement allowance to officer Robert Welby of the police department of the city of Boston, who, as a result of injuries sustained while in the performance of his duties on January 1, 2003 is unable to perform the essential duties of his job and is likely to be permanently unable to do so.
SECTION 2. The annual amount of pension payable to Robert Welby shall be equal to the regular annual rate of compensation which he would have received had he continued in service as a police officer of the police department of the city of Boston at the grade held by him at the time of his retirement.
This retirement shall become effective on the date immediately following the final day for which he received regular compensation for his employment.
Upon his retirement, the state-Boston retirement board shall pay to Robert Welby the amount credited to him as accumulated total deductions in the annuity savings fund of the state-Boston retirement board. Robert Welby shall be entitled to receive indemnification for all hospital, medical, and related expenses that have been or may be incurred after the date of his retirement as a result of his injuries, under chapter 41 of the General Laws.
SECTION 3. Upon the death of Robert Welby, if his wife survives him, the state-Boston retirement board shall pay to her, so long as she remains unmarried, an annuity in the amount of 3/4 of the amount of the pension payable to him per month at the time of his death. If his wife remarries, the city of Boston shall pay to her, in lieu of this annuity, an annuity of $550 per month. If Robert Welby's wife does not survive him, then the city of Boston shall pay an annual amount equal to 3/4 of the amount of the pension payable to him at the time of his death for the benefit of the children of Robert Welby as long as any such child is either under 18 years of age or totally or mentally incapacitated from working.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.