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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:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the state board of retirement shall grant membership to J. Michael Ruane on the effective date of this act or the date of his death, whichever comes first, and shall grant him a superannuation retirement allowance in accordance with section 5 of chapter 32 of the General Laws computed using the number of years of creditable service multiplied by 2.5 per cent, then multiplied by the average annual rate of compensation received by him during any period of 3 consecutive years of creditable service, but this superannuation allowance shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any disability allowance he may have been receiving before the effective date of this act. For purposes of this act, creditable service shall include his service as an employee of the city of Salem and his service in the general court. Upon the effective date of this act, the Salem retirement board shall transfer to the state board of retirement any accumulated retirement deductions held on account relating to J. Michael Ruane. J. Michael Ruane shall be allowed to select any retirement option available under section 12 of chapter 32 and shall be eligible to receive health care benefits. If J. Michael Ruane dies before the effective date of this act, then he shall be considered to have chosen Option (c), designating his wife as beneficiary.

SECTION 2. The state board of retirement shall calculate the amount of deductions that J. Michael Ruane would have contributed from his regular compensation had he been a member in service from September 1, 1994 through January 4, 2005, plus interest that would have accrued if he had been making contributions during that period.

SECTION 3. The commonwealth shall place a lien on the principal residence of J. Michael Ruane in the amount calculated in section 2. Recovery shall be made only after the death of J. Michael Ruane, his surviving spouse and his surviving children who are currently residing at his principal residence. J. Michael Ruane, his family or other individuals or entities may make contributions to the commonwealth within 1 year after the effective date of this act, for the purpose of payment of the pension obligation calculated in section 2 and to reduce the lien established in this section.

House of Representatives, July 25, 2006.

This Bill having been returned by His Excellency the Governor with his ob-jections thereto in writing (see House 5219) has been passed by the House of Representatives, notwithstanding said objections, two-thirds of the House (121 yeas to 35 nays) having agreed to pass the same.
Sent to the Senate for its action.
Salvatore F. DiMasi, Speaker.
Steven T. James, Clerk.

Senate, July 25, 2006.

Passed by the Senate, notwithstanding the objections of His Excellency the Governor, two-thirds of the members present (29 yeas to 10 nays) having approved the same.
Robert E. Travaglini, President.
William F. Welch, Clerk.

July 31, 2006.