Senate Bill No. 125

Public Act No. 00-163

An Act Concerning Firing Squads At Funerals Of Veterans Of The United States Armed Forces Or National Guard.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 27-76 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

When requested by the commander of any accredited veteran organization or by friends or relatives of any deceased person who has served in any of the armed forces of the United States during time of war, as defined by [statute] section 27-103, as amended, or who has served in the National Guard for more than twenty years or who has died while a member of the National Guard, the Adjutant General shall order a uniformed firing squad from the National Guard, the naval militia, the State Guard or the organized militia to attend the funeral, except that if a uniformed firing squad from such guard or militia is unavailable or committed elsewhere the Adjutant General shall request a uniformed firing squad from a bona fide Connecticut state veterans' organization, provided such firing squad shall comply with the rules and procedures set forth in Connecticut National Guard regulation 37-106. Such firing squad shall consist of not more than five [riflemen or riflewomen] squad members plus one bugler. The members thereof shall be compensated at the rate of [seventy-five per cent of one day's basic pay, provided such pay, regardless of rank, shall be no less than fifteen dollars nor more than thirty dollars a day] fifty dollars per day. Such compensation shall be paid from funds appropriated to the Adjutant General for the pay of the National Guard and from federal funds received for that purpose.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2000.

Approved May 26, 2000