The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill giving larger college scholarships to the children of state troopers who die in the line of duty.
In addition to other benefits, the children of slain state troopers are currently entitled to $7,500 to go toward tuition at state colleges or vocational schools.
Under the bill passed Friday, the scholarship would rise to $7,500 for every year of college.
The bill is co-sponsored by every one of the Senate’s 34 members.
Senate President Jeffrey Kessler said that the bill was not in direct response to the two state troopers killed in Clay County in August 2012. But the scholarships would apply retroactively to those troopers’ families.