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Introduced Version Senate Bill 126 History

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Senate Bill No. 126

(By Senators Hunter, Dempsey, Weeks, Unger, Bailey, Barnes, Minard, Jenkins, Foster, Bowman, Kessler, Plymale, Sharpe, McCabe, Love, Oliverio, McKenzie, Harrison, Caruth, Deem, Prezioso, Edgell, Helmick, Guills, Boley, Minear, Yoder, Chafin and Tomblin, Mr. President)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Military; then to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18-19-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to including children of deceased members of the armed forces or members of the reserve components called to active duty by the President of the United States for the purpose of entering into armed combat in the educational opportunities appropriation; and removing requirement that the children attend a state education or training institution.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-19-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 19. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN OF DECEASED SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES AND AIRMEN.

§18-19-1. Appropriation to provide educational opportunities.

For the purpose of providing educational opportunities for the children of those who served in the army, navy or marine corps of the United States during the world war from the sixth day of April sixth, one thousand nine hundred seventeen, to the second day of July second, one thousand nine hundred twenty-one, or served in the armed forces of the United States of America at any time between the first day of December first, one thousand nine hundred forty- one, and the declaration of peace by the Congress of the United States or served in the armed forces of the United States of America at any time between the twenty-seventh day of June twenty- seventh, one thousand nine hundred fifty, and the thirty-first day of January thirty-first, one thousand nine hundred fifty-five, or served in the armed forces of the United States of America at any time between the fifth day of August fifth, one thousand nine hundred sixty-four, and the seventh day of May seventh, one thousand nine hundred seventy-five, all dates inclusive, or served in the armed forces of the United States of America at any time during which the forces or members of the reserve components are called to active duty by the President of the United States under Title 10 of the United States Code for the purpose of entering into armed combat, and who were killed in action or have died or may hereafter die from disease or disability resulting from such the war service, there shall be appropriated from the state fund general revenue the sum of at least five thousand dollars for each fiscal year commencing the first day of July first and ending on the thirtieth day of June thirty of each year of the next biennium to be used for the benefit of such the children while attending state education or training institutions. This benefit also shall be given to children of a service member killed during hostile actions as defined by the agency administering this section. The term "children" as used in this article shall include includes any child of a veteran who has been legitimized by operation of law prior to the veteran's demise.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include children of deceased members of the armed forces or members of the reserve components called to active duty by the President of the United States for the purpose of entering into armed combat in the educational opportunities appropriation; and to remove the requirement that the children attend a state education or training institution.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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