CRC - 2017 P 70 By Commissioner Keiser keiserb-00083A-17 201770__ 1 A proposal to create 2 a new section in Article X of the State Constitution 3 to establish the right to a tuition and fee waiver for 4 the survivors of specified military members. 5 6 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 7 Florida: 8 9 A new section is added to Article X of the State 10 Constitution to read: 11 ARTICLE X 12 MISCELLANEOUS 13 Tuition and fee waivers for survivors of military members.— 14 (a) A tuition and fee waiver shall be provided for by funds 15 from general revenue when an active duty member of the United 16 States Armed Forces or Florida National Guard, while engaged in 17 the performance of his or her official duties, is: 18 (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily 19 injury which results in the loss of the individual’s life, 20 provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that 21 such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or 22 (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result 23 of such unlawful and intentional act. 24 (b) An eligible military member must have been a Florida 25 resident or whose duty post was within the State of Florida at 26 the time of death. 27 (c) If an active duty member of the United States Armed 28 Forces or the Florida National Guard is accidentally killed as 29 specified in paragraph (a)(1), or unlawfully and intentionally 30 killed as specified in paragraph (a)(2), the state shall waive 31 certain tuition and fee expenses that the child or spouse of the 32 deceased military member incurs while obtaining a career 33 certificate, an undergraduate education, or a postgraduate 34 education. The amount waived by the state shall be an amount 35 equal to the cost of tuition and matriculation and registration 36 fees for a total of 120 credit hours. The child or spouse may 37 attend a state career center, a Florida College System 38 institution, or a state university. The child or spouse may 39 attend any or all of the institutions specified in this 40 subsection, on either a full-time or part-time basis. The 41 benefits provided to a child under this subsection continue 42 until the child’s 25th birthday. The benefits provided to a 43 spouse under this subsection must commence within 5 years after 44 the death occurs, and entitlement thereto shall continue until 45 the tenth anniversary of that death. 46 (d) This section does not limit the legislature from 47 enacting laws consistent with this section. 48 (e) This amendment becomes effective upon approval by the 49 electors.