HB 1189

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to the education of children of deceased
3or disabled veterans; amending s. 295.01, F.S.; extending
4the opportunity to receive postsecondary educational
5benefits at state expense to the dependent children of
6certain dead or disabled veterans who were Florida
7residents when the death or disability occurred;
8decreasing the minimum required length of the parent's
9residency; providing an effective date.
11Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
13     Section 1.  Section 295.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to
15     295.01  Children of deceased or disabled veterans;
17     (1)  It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state to
18provide educational opportunity at state expense for dependent
19children either of whose parents:
20     (a)  Was a resident of the state at the time such parent
21entered the Armed Forces and:
22     1.(a)  Died as a result of service-connected injuries,
23disease, or disability sustained while on active duty; or
24     2.(b)  Has been:
25     a.1.  Determined by the United States Department of
26Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to have a service-connected
27100-percent total and permanent disability rating for
29     b.2.  Determined to have a service-connected total and
30permanent disability rating of 100 percent and is in receipt of
31disability retirement pay from any branch of the United States
32Armed Services; or
33     c.3.  Issued a valid identification card by the Department
34of Veterans' Affairs in accordance with s. 295.17;
35     (b)  Met all Florida residency requirements at the time of
36death or the occurrence of the disability, as described in
37paragraph (a),
39when the deceased or disabled parent of such a child has been a
40bona fide resident parents of such children have been bona fide
41residents of the state for at least 1 year immediately 5 years
42next preceding the death or occurrence of such disability their
43application for the benefits hereof, and subject to the rules,
44restrictions, and limitations set forth in this section hereof.
45     (2)  Sections The provisions of ss. 295.03, 295.04, 295.05,
46and 1009.40 shall apply to the benefits provided under this
48     (3)  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for
49administering this section.
50     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.

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