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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1548
       By Senator Joyner
       18-01270-10                                           20101548__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to veterans’ guardianship; amending s.
    3         744.604, F.S.; revising the definition of the term
    4         “benefits” for purposes of the Veterans’ Guardianship
    5         Law; providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Subsections (3) through (8) of section 744.604,
   10  Florida Statutes, are reordered and amended to read:
   11         744.604 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   12         (8)(3) “Secretary” means the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
   13  as head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or
   14  her or his successor.
   15         (3)(4) “Benefits” means arrears of pay, bonus, pension,
   16  compensation, insurance, and all other moneys paid or payable by
   17  the United States through the United States Department of
   18  Veterans Affairs by reason of service in the Armed Forces of the
   19  United States, and any other moneys due from the United States
   20  Government and payable through its agencies.
   21         (4)(5) “Estate” means income on hand and assets acquired in
   22  whole or in part with income.
   23         (5)(6) “Guardian” means any person acting as a fiduciary
   24  for a ward’s person or the ward’s estate, or both.
   25         (6)(7) “Income” means moneys received from the United
   26  States Department of Veterans Affairs as benefits, and revenue
   27  or profit from any property acquired in whole or in part with
   28  such moneys.
   29         (7)(8) “Person” means an individual, a partnership, a
   30  corporation, or an association.
   31         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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