SECOND REGULAR SESSION
[TRULY AGREED TO AND FINALLY PASSED]
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
HOUSE SUBSTITUTE FOR
SENATE BILL NO. 961
90TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
To repeal sections 8.012 and 173.239, RSMo Supp. 1999, relating to military affairs, and to enact in lieu thereof eight new sections relating to the same subject, with an emergency clause for a certain section.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Sections 8.012 and 173.239, RSMo Supp. 1999, are repealed and eight new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 8.012, 42.180, 42.185, 42.190, 42.195, 42.500, 173.239 and 1, to read as follows:
8.012. At [the state capitol] all state buildings and upon the grounds thereof, the board of public buildings may accompany the display of the flag of the United States and the flag of this state with the display of the POW/MIA flag, which is designed to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the members of the armed forces of the United States who were prisoners of war or missing in action.
42.180. 1. Every veteran who honorably served on active duty in the United States military service at any time beginning December 7, 1941, and ending September 30, 1945, shall be entitled to receive a medallion, medal and a certificate of appreciation pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195; provided that:
(1) Such veteran is a legal resident of this state on August 28, 2000; and
(2) Such veteran was honorably separated or discharged from military service or is still in active service in an honorable status.
2. The medallion, medal and the certificate shall be awarded regardless of whether or not such veteran served within the United States or in a foreign country. The medallion, medal and the certificate shall be awarded regardless of whether or not such veteran was under eighteen years of age at the time of enlistment. For purposes of sections 42.180 to 42.195, "veteran" means any person defined as a veteran by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs or its successor agency.
42.185. 1. Except as otherwise provided in sections 42.180 to 42.195, the adjutant general of the state of Missouri shall administer sections 42.180 to 42.195, and may adopt all rules and regulations necessary to administer the provisions of sections 42.180 to 42.195. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195 shall become effective unless promulgated pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo.
2. The adjutant general shall determine as expeditiously as possible the persons who are entitled to a medallion, medal and a certificate pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195 and distribute the medallions, medals and the certificates as provided in sections 42.180 to 42.195. Applications for the medallion, medal and the certificate shall be filed with the office of the adjutant general at any time after January 1, 2001, and before January 1, 2002, on forms prescribed and furnished by the adjutant general's office. The adjutant general shall approve all applications that are in order, and shall cause a medallion, medal and a certificate to be prepared for each approved veteran in the form created by the veterans' commission pursuant to section 42.190.
3. If any person dies after applying for a medallion or medal and a certificate pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195 and such person would have been entitled to the medallion, medal and the certificate, the adjutant general shall give the medallion, medal and the certificate to the person to whom the largest portion of the veteran's estate was given in such veteran's will. If the estate was split evenly among two or more persons, the surviving spouse, the eldest living child or the closest relative by degree of consanguinity, in that order, shall receive the medallion, medal and the certificate. If there was no will, the veteran's intestate survivor shall receive the medallion, medal and the certificate.
4. If the adjutant general disallows any veteran's claim to a medallion, medal and a certificate pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195, a statement of the reason for the disallowance shall be filed with the application and notice of this disallowance shall be mailed to the applicant at the applicant's last known address.
42.190. The veterans' commission shall design the form of the medallion, medal, and the certificate and forward the approved designs to the adjutant general for distribution pursuant to sections 42.180 to 42.195. It is the intent of the general assembly to create statewide involvement in the design of these symbols in recognition of this historic endeavor. Therefore, in designing the forms, the veterans' commission may solicit potential designs from elementary and secondary schools, veterans' groups, civic organizations or any other interested party, and may select the best design from among such solicited designs, or may select another design.
42.195. 1. The "World War II Veterans' Recognition Award Fund" is hereby created in the state treasury, and shall consist of all gifts, donations and bequests to the fund. The fund shall be administered by the adjutant general. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080, RSMo, to the contrary, moneys in the World War II veterans' recognition award fund shall not be transferred to the credit of the general revenue fund at the end of the biennium. Interest and moneys earned on the fund shall be credited to the fund.
2. Moneys in the fund shall be used solely to promote the solicitation for designs for, aid in the manufacture of and aid in the distribution of the medallion, medal and the certificate.
3. When all allowed medallions, medals and certificates have been distributed, the fund shall automatically be terminated. Any balance remaining in the fund after all such distributions shall be transferred to the veterans' commission capital improvement trust fund created in section 313.835, RSMo.
42.500. The Missouri general assembly shall, through appropriations as provided by law, participate in the funding of the National World War II Memorial to be located at a site dedicated on November 11, 1995, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in an amount equal to four hundred thirty-eight thousand dollars. Such funds shall be disbursed upon enactment to the World War II Memorial Fund.
173.239. 1. Any member of the Missouri national guard who possesses the qualifications set forth in this section may be awarded an educational assistance grant to an approved public institution or an approved private institution, as those terms are defined in either section 173.205 or section 173.778, of his or her choice while he or she is a member of the Missouri national guard. Funding for educational assistance pursuant to this section may be requested annually in the budget of the Missouri national guard. Educational assistance provided pursuant to this section shall not exceed funds appropriated for that purpose.
2. Educational assistance provided under this section shall not exceed the least of the following:
(1) The actual tuition, as defined in section 173.260, charged at an approved institution where the individual is enrolled or accepted for enrollment; or
(2) The amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident at the University of Missouri for attendance.
(3) The grants provided under this section may be prorated subject to appropriations in an amount no less than fifty percent of the limits set forth in this section.
3. A member of the Missouri national guard seeking educational assistance pursuant to this section shall provide a certificate of satisfactory service of his or her Missouri national guard duties from his or her commanding officer and shall possess all other necessary entrance requirements of the school of his or her choice and shall maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least two point five on a four point scale, or the equivalent on another scale approved by the program administrator, while attending the approved public or private institution.
4. If the grade point average of a member who is receiving educational assistance pursuant to this section falls below two point five on a four point scale, or the equivalent on another scale, such member shall retain the educational assistance and shall be placed on probation under the educational assistance program. Failure to achieve a current grade point average of at least two point five on a four point scale, or the equivalent on another scale for future semesters or equivalent academic terms shall result in termination of the scholarship effective as of the next academic term. The member shall be removed from probation status upon achieving a cumulative grade point average of two point five on a four point scale or the equivalent on another scale.
5. If a recipient of educational assistance pursuant to this section ceases to be a member of the Missouri national guard while enrolled in a course of study or within three years after the completion of a course of study for any reason except death or disability, the educational assistance shall be terminated and the recipient shall repay any amounts awarded pursuant to this section.
6. State educational assistance on behalf of Missouri national guard members pursuant to this section shall be used only after all available federal Department of Defense educational assistance funds have been expended.
[6.] 7. Applicants for educational assistance pursuant to this section shall meet the qualifications established by section 173.215, except the provisions of subdivisions (2) and (4) of subsection 1 of section 173.215, and shall be qualified, full-time or part-time students.
[7.] 8. The educational assistance program established pursuant to this section shall be administered by the office of the adjutant general of the Missouri national guard. The Missouri national guard shall establish guidelines for equitable distribution of educational assistance.
Section 1. The general assembly shall appropriate moneys to cover the cost of providing every eligible Missouri World War II veteran of the June 6, 1944, "D-Day" invasion of Europe with a replica of the fiftieth anniversary "Jubilee of Liberty" medal issued by France in 1994.
Section B. Because immediate action is necessary to ensure swift attention and funding of issues involving those who serve our country and state in the armed forces, the repeal and reenactment of section 173.239 of this act and the enactment of section 1 of this act are deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace and safety, and are hereby declared to be an emergency act within the meaning of the constitution, and the repeal and reenactment of section 173.239 of this act and the enactment of section 1 of this act shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval.
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