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       Florida Senate - 2010                       CS for CS for SB 202
       
       
       
       By the Committees on General Government Appropriations; and
       Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Senators Baker,
       Storms, Ring, Altman, Hill, Dean, and Siplin
       
       
       601-04199-10                                           2010202c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to firefighter death benefits;
    3         amending s. 112.191, F.S.; revising provisions
    4         providing death benefits for firefighters; expanding
    5         activities entitling firefighters to death benefits to
    6         include participation in training exercises and injury
    7         by an unlawful and intentional act which results in
    8         death; providing legislative findings that the act
    9         fulfils an important state interest; providing for
   10         application; providing an effective date.
   11  
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13  
   14         Section 1. Paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (2) of
   15  section 112.191, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   16         112.191 Firefighters; death benefits.—
   17         (2)
   18         (b) The sum of $50,000, as adjusted pursuant to paragraph
   19  (i), shall be paid as provided in this section if a firefighter
   20  is accidentally killed as specified in paragraph (a) and the
   21  accidental death occurs as a result of the firefighter’s
   22  response to what is reasonably believed to be an emergency
   23  involving the protection of life or property or the
   24  firefighter’s participation in a training exercise. This sum
   25  shall be in addition to any sum provided for in paragraph (a).
   26  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in no case shall the
   27  amount payable under this subsection be less than the actual
   28  amount stated therein.
   29         (c) If a firefighter, while engaged in the performance of
   30  his or her firefighter duties, is unlawfully and intentionally
   31  killed, is injured by an unlawful and intentional act of another
   32  person and dies as a result of such injury, dies as a result of
   33  a fire which has been determined to have been caused by an act
   34  of arson, or subsequently dies as a result of injuries sustained
   35  therefrom, the sum of $150,000, as adjusted pursuant to
   36  paragraph (i), shall be paid as provided in this section.
   37  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in no case shall the
   38  amount payable under this subsection be less than the actual
   39  amount stated therein.
   40         Section 2. The Legislature finds that this act fulfills an
   41  important state interest.
   42         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law,
   43  and applies to firefighter deaths occurring on or after November
   44  1, 2003.

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