Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2001 ch. 118
Other Identifying Information:2001 House Bill 2189
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning public safety officers; relating to administration of educational benefits for dependents of such officers; amending K.S.A. 75-4364 and repealing the existing section.
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CHAPTER 118

HOUSE BILL No. 2189


An Act concerning public safety officers; relating to administration of educational benefits

for dependents of such officers; amending K.S.A. 75-4364 and repealing the existing section.




Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

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-

ity.

(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.


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Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001