Florida mandates first-responder death benefits

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 22:24:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Election Day in Florida (all times local):

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Florida voters have approved a mashup measure that requires death benefits for the survivors of first responders and active-duty soldiers and makes it harder to raise university fees.

Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 7, one of four measures pulling together unrelated items. The amendment requires government agencies to pay a death benefit of up to $150,000 to the spouses of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, prison guards and other first responders killed in the line of duty. The state also will be required to pay a death benefit to the families of Florida residents killed while serving in the U.S. military. In both cases, surviving children will receive college tuition.

The measure also dictates that university fees other than tuition cannot be increased without super-majority votes from both the schools' board of trustees and the state's board of governors.