A legislative committee is considering a bill to provide a death benefit to the family of any public safety officer who dies in the line of duty. The bill is sponsored by Senator Ed Quick of Liberty, who proposes having the state pay $150,000 to the survivors of a public safety officer who loses his or her life in service to the State. Quick says many of these officers don’t have insurance coverage and a state benefit would be appropriate. Quick says the maximum the state would payout would be capped at $900,000 per year. Covered under the benefit would be firefighters, police officers, parole and probation officers, Highway Patrol and Water Patrol officers, conservation officers, and park rangers.
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