5873 AMS KOHL CUTL 055


SB 5873 - S AMD 139

By Senators Kohl-Welles, Bailey, Conway

ADOPTED 03/06/2015

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    (c) A deceased member’s spouse who was eligible to be provided a survivor benefit under RCW 41.26.164(1) but the member did not select a survivor benefit, and who prior to March 1, 2015, exhausted all administrative remedies with the department for establishing eligibility for a benefit under RCW 41.26.164, is eligible beginning August 1, 2015, for a retirement allowance equal to two-thirds of the gross monthly retirement allowance the retired member received at the time of death.



    EFFECT: Provides the surviving spouse of a LEOFF 1 retiree who died without selecting an actuarially reduced survivor benefit under RCW 41.26.164, a retirement allowance equal to 2/3rds of the retiree's allowance, beginning August 1, 2015.  Applies only to surviving spouses who have exhausted all administrative remedies prior to March 1, 2015.


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