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HB24-1139

Death Benefit for State Employee Surviving Spouse

Concerning the payment of death benefits after remarriage to a surviving spouse of a state employee who worked in a job with a high-risk classification.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

Pursuant to the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", death benefits will be paid to a dependent surviving spouse of a deceased employee for life, regardless of remarriage, rather than until remarriage, if the surviving spouse receives death benefits pursuant to law and the deceased employee was a state employee who worked in a job with a high-risk classification.

A job with a "high-risk classification" means certain employees of the Colorado state patrol; certain employees of the Colorado bureau of investigation; certain employees of the department of corrections; firefighters, investigators, and fire marshals employed by the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety; wildlife officers and parks and recreation officers employed by the division of wildlife in the department of natural resources; employees of the department of transportation responsible for highway safety and maintenance; and employees of a state institution of higher education who are vested with the powers of a peace officer.

APPROVED by Governor April 4, 2024

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details