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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.361

Introduced by Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs

Date:

Subject:  Internal security; military; Vermont national guard; appropriation; death benefit; tuition benefit

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide members of the Vermont national guard with a $50,000.00 death benefit; increase tuition support; and increase their pay to the federal pay level when called to duty.

AN ACT RELATING TO PAY SCALE, DEATH BENEFIT, AND TUITION BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 603 is amended to read:

§ 603.  ARMS AND EQUIPMENT; PAY AND RATIONS

When the national guard, or part thereof, is ordered out under the provisions of sections 366, 601, or 602 of this title, the state shall furnish such arms and equipments as are equipment necessary for each officer, warrant officer, and enlisted man person; and they shall be entitled to the same pay and rations as the army of the United States, and shall be paid under such regulations as the commander in chief prescribes, provided, however, that no member shall be paid less than $28.00 per day equivalent to that paid to members of the armed forces of the United States for officers, warrant officers, and enlisted persons of corresponding grade and time in service as designated in the U.S. pay tables.

Sec. 2.  20 V.S.A. § 607 is added to read:

§ 607.  STATE ACTIVE DUTY DEATH BENEFIT

There is established a death benefit in the amount of $50,000.00 for each activated Vermont national guard member who dies while on state active duty or as the result of injuries incurred while on state active duty, provided the death or the injuries that result in death resulted from performing state active duty or from engaging in conduct related to state active duty.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATION

There is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 2008 the amount of $167,000.00 to the national guard educational assistance program.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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