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299A.44 DEATH BENEFIT.
    Subdivision 1. Payment required. (a) On certification to the governor by the commissioner
of public safety that a public safety officer employed within this state has been killed in the line
of duty, the commissioner of finance shall pay $100,000 from the public safety officer's benefit
account, as follows:
(1) if there is no dependent child, to the spouse;
(2) if there is no spouse, to the dependent child or children in equal shares;
(3) if there are both a spouse and one or more dependent children, one-half to the spouse and
one-half to the child or children, in equal shares;
(4) if there is no surviving spouse or dependent child or children, to the parent or parents
dependent for support on the decedent, in equal shares; or
(5) if there is no surviving spouse, dependent child, or dependent parent, to the public safety
officer's estate.
(b) If there are both a spouse and one or more dependent children under age 18, the spouse,
at the spouse's discretion, may spend a maximum of one-third of a child's share on medical or
dental treatment for the child or the child's education. Expenditures under this paragraph on
behalf of a child do not diminish the shares of any other children. In addition, a spouse, at the
spouse's discretion, may expend money from a child's share to pay state and federal taxes on
any interest accrued on the share.
    Subd. 2. Adjustment of benefit. On October 1 of each year beginning after July 1, 1995, the
commissioner of public safety shall adjust the level of the benefit payable immediately before
October 1 under subdivision 1, to reflect the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price
Index for all urban consumers, published by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, occurring in
the one-year period ending on June 1 immediately preceding such October 1.
History: 1990 c 591 art 5 s 4; 1995 c 133 s 1; 1995 c 226 art 2 s 4; 1995 c 265 art 2 s
26; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 4 s 3