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AGO 1961 NO. 17 > Mar 2 1961

A statute providing that whenever any person presently receiving a retirement allowance from the state employees' retirement system shall die leaving a surviving spouse, a monthly payment shall be made to the surviving spouse in an amount equal to one‑half the retirement allowance received by the retired person during his life, would be unconstitutional.