AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, PROBATION OFFICER, OR PAROLE OFFICER; TO
INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AGAINST CERTAIN EMERGENCY PERSONNEL; AND TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL DEATH BENEFIT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE MURDERED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Effective retroactively to qualifying deaths occurring on or after April 1, 2017, makes a clarifying change to GS 143-166.3(a), which provides a death benefit to specified survivors in the amount of $100,000 when any covered person is killed in the line of duty. Specifies that the payment is to be made to the estate of the deceased in the event there is no surviving spouse, surviving dependent child, or surviving dependent parent (previously, did not specify the surviving parent to be dependent; however, existing language of subdivision (a)(3) [which precedes the final alternative for the payment to be made to the estate] provides for payment to a surviving dependent parent only in the event there is no surviving spouse or surviving dependent child).
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