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48-282. Death benefit for death of certain national guard members occurring in combat zone; beneficiaries; rules and regulations. (a) Subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 48-281, and amendments thereto, in addition to any other benefits provided to members of the Kansas army or air national guard, the state of Kansas shall provide an aggregate death benefit in the amount of $250,000 to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of each member of the Kansas national guard who, on or after the effective date of this act and prior to September 1, 2005, dies as a result of federal active duty in a combat area in the line of duty and for whom a death benefit is not payable pursuant to section 1 of chapter 207 of the 2005 session laws of Kansas, and amendments thereto. The death benefit provided by this section shall not be payable in any such case if such member dies as a result of committing suicide.

(b) The death benefit provided by this section shall be paid from amounts allocated therefor from the state emergency fund in accordance with K.S.A. 75-3713b, and amendments thereto.

(c) If such member has not designated one or more beneficiaries in accordance with the policies and procedures or rules and regulations adopted by the adjutant general for such death benefit, then a death benefit payable for such member's death pursuant to this section shall be paid into such member's estate and shall be disbursed or otherwise distributed as provided by law as part of such estate.

(d) For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section, the adjutant general shall adopt policies and procedures for the designation of a beneficiary or beneficiaries and for payment of the death benefit provided by this section and may adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.

History: L. 2005, ch. 1, ยง 2 (Special Session); July 21.

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