JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The family of a student killed or injured while boarding or exiting a school bus can now qualify to receive money from the state Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
House Bill 710 expands the eligibility for the fund. It has been signed by Gov. Phil Bryant and takes effect July 1.
The Crime Victim Compensation Fund provides financial assistance up to $20,000 to victims of violent crime and their eligible family members. The goal of the program is to reduce the financial burden of crime by repaying out-of-pocket, crime-related expenses not covered by any other source of benefits like insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, disability benefits or Workers' Compensation.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Attorney General Jim Hood requested the changes. Hood's office oversees the fund.