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Article - Public Safety


    (a)    (1)    This subsection applies to the period of time that an employee is ordered by the Governor to active military duty in the organized militia of the State for service during:

            (i)    a civil disorder;

            (ii)    a natural disaster;

            (iii)    a labor disorder; or

            (iv)    any other activity requiring support of the State militia.

        (2)    The Adjutant General shall secure compensation under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act for each officer and enlisted individual of the organized militia by maintaining an insurance policy with the Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company or with a stock corporation or mutual association authorized to transact the business of workers’ compensation insurance in the State.

        (3)    (i)    An officer, enlisted individual, or employee of the Department is not entitled to the benefits of this section if the officer, enlisted individual, or employee is injured in the course of employment and has insurance coverage through the federal government that is equal to or better than the coverage provided by this title.

            (ii)    If a benefit provided by the federal government is less than that provided by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act, the State and its insurer shall furnish the additional benefit necessary to make up the difference between the benefit provided by the federal government and the similar benefit required under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act.

        (4)    The insurance provided under this subsection shall only cover incidents that occur after July 1, 1979.

    (b)    In addition to the benefits under subsection (a) of this section, the Adjutant General shall maintain workers’ compensation insurance for members of the Maryland Defense Force during training.

    (c)    The Adjutant General shall pay the premiums for the insurance policy required under this section from appropriations for the militia that the Governor includes in the State budget.