§5-7-1. Declaration of policy.
In order to extend to employees of the state and its political
subdivisions and of the instrumentalities of either, and to the
dependents and survivors of such employees, the basic protection
accorded to others by the old-age and survivors insurance system
embodied in the Social Security Act, it is hereby declared to be
the policy of the Legislature, subject to the limitation of this
article, that such steps be taken as to provide such protection to
employees of the state and local governments on as broad a basis as
is permitted under applicable federal law.