HOUSE BILL No. 2189
for dependents of such officers; amending K.S.A. 75-4364 and repealing the existing section.
Section 1. K.S.A. 75-4364 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75-
4364. (a) As used in this section:
(1) ``Kansas educational institution'' means and includes area voca-
tional schools, area vocational-technical schools, community colleges, the
municipal university, state educational institutions, and technical colleges.
(2) ``Public safety officer'' means a law enforcement officer or a fire-
fighter or an emergency medical services attendant.
(3) ``Law enforcement officer'' means a person who by virtue of office
or public employment is vested by law with a duty to maintain public
order or to make arrests for violation of the laws of the state of Kansas
or ordinances of any municipality thereof or with a duty to maintain or
assert custody or supervision over persons accused or convicted of crime,
and includes wardens, superintendents, directors, security personnel, of-
ficers and employees of adult and juvenile correctional institutions, jails
or other institutions or facilities for the detention of persons accused or
convicted of crime, while acting within the scope of their authority.
(4) ``Firefighter'' means a person who is employed by any city, county,
township or other political subdivision of the state and who is assigned to
the fire department thereof and engaged in the fighting and extinguish-
ment of fires and the protection of life and property therefrom.
(5) ``Emergency medical services attendant'' means a first responder,
emergency medical technician-intermediate, emergency medical techni-
cian-defibrillator or a mobile intensive care technician certified by the
emergency medical services board pursuant to the statutory provisions
contained in article 61 of chapter 65 of Kansas Statutes Annotated.
(5) (6) ``Dependent'' means (A) a birth child, adopted child or step-
child of a public safety officer or (B) any child other than the foregoing
who is actually dependent in whole or in part on a public safety officer
and who is related to the public safety officer by marriage or consanguin-
(6) (7) ``State board'' means, in the case of the state educational in-
stitutions and the municipal university, the state board of regents; in the
case of area vocational schools, area vocational-technical schools, com-
munity colleges, and technical colleges, the state board of education.
(b) Every Kansas educational institution shall provide for enrollment
without charge of tuition or fees for any dependent of a public safety
officer who died as the result of injury sustained while performing duties
as a public safety officer so long as such dependent is eligible. Any such
dependent shall be eligible for enrollment at a Kansas educational insti-
tution without charge of tuition or fees for not to exceed eight semesters
of undergraduate instruction, or the equivalent thereof, at all such insti-
tutions, in the aggregate, for any such dependent.
(c) Subject to appropriations therefor, any Kansas educational insti-
tution, at which enrollment, without charge of tuition or fees, of the de-
pendent of a deceased public safety officer is provided for under subsec-
tion (b), may file a claim with the appropriate state board for
reimbursement of the amount of such tuition and fees. The state board
shall be responsible for payment of reimbursements to Kansas educa-
tional institutions upon certification by each such institution of the
amount of reimbursement to which entitled. Payments to Kansas edu-
cational institutions shall be made upon vouchers approved by the state
board and upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports. Pay-
ments may be made by issuance of a single warrant to each Kansas ed-
ucational institution at which one or more eligible dependents are en-
rolled for the total amount of tuition and fees not charged eligible
dependents for enrollment at that institution. The director of accounts
and reports shall cause such warrant to be delivered to the Kansas edu-
cational institution at which such eligible dependent or dependents are
enrolled. If an eligible dependent discontinues attendance before the end
of any semester, after the Kansas educational institution has received
payment under this subsection, the institution shall pay to the state the
entire amount which such eligible dependent would otherwise qualify to
have refunded, not to exceed the amount of the payment made by the
state in behalf of such dependent for the semester. All amounts paid to
the state by Kansas educational institutions under this subsection shall be
deposited in the state treasury and credited to the state general fund.
(d) Each The state board shall adopt rules and regulations, as appro-
priate, for administration of the applicable provisions of this section and
shall determine the qualification of persons as dependents of public safety
officers and the eligibility of such persons for the benefits provided for
under this section.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 75-4364 is hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved April 18, 2000.
Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001