97-H 6214
Approved Jul. 3, 1997


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows

SECTION 1. Section 30-25-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 30-25 entitled "Burial of Veterans" is hereby amended to read as follows:

30-25-14. Rhode Island veterans' memorial cemetery. -- The Rhode Island veterans' memorial cemetery located on the grounds of the Joseph H. Ladd School in the town of Exeter shall be under the management and control of the director of the department of human services and the assistant director in charge of the division of community services. The assistant director of human services in charge of the division of community services shall have the general supervision over and shall prescribe rules for the government and management of the cemetery. He or she shall make all needful rules and regulations governing the operation of the cemetery and generally may do all things necessary to insure the successful operation thereof. The director shall appoint and employ all subordinate officials and persons needed for the proper management of the cemetery. {ADD National Guard members who are killed in the line of duty or who are honorably discharged after completion of at least twenty (20) years' of service in the Rhode Island National Guard and their spouse shall be eligible for internment in the Rhode Island Veterans' Memorial Cemetery. For the purpose of computing service under this section, honorable service in the active forces or reserves shall be considered toward the twenty (20) years of National Guard service. ADD} The general assembly shall make an annual appropriation to the department of human services to provide for the operation and maintenance for the cemetery. The director shall charge and collect a grave liner fee per interment equal to the department's cost for the graveliner.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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