New Mexico increases firefighter death benefits

Created: 03/05/2014 2:05 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law to improve the benefits provided to family members of firefighters who die in the line of duty.           

Under the new law, the surviving spouse or children of a firefighter would receive $250,000 from the state rather $50,000. The change takes effect in July.           

Volunteer and full-time firefighters are covered by the death benefit program.           

The governor also signed a measure Wednesday for schools in high poverty areas to provide free breakfast to students after their school day starts. Such "breakfast after the bell" programs already are required for elementary schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families.           

The new mandate for middle schools and high schools doesn't take effect until the Legislature funds the programs, however.

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