10-1-1201. Death while on state duty -- death benefit payment -- certification -- rules. (1) The department of administration shall, upon certification by the department as provided in subsection (2), make a death benefit payment by state warrant in the amount of $50,000 to the beneficiary, as provided in subsection (3), of a member of the national guard who dies in the line of duty performed pursuant to state military duty orders.
(2) Upon the death of the member, the department shall certify to the department of administration:
(a) the name and other identifying information of the member;
(b) that the member died in the line of duty performed pursuant to Article VI, section 13, of the Montana constitution or while on state duty for special work as provided in 10-1-505(2);
(c) that, at the time of the death of the member, the member was being paid or was to be paid for the member's military service from state and not federal military funds; and
(d) the name and address of the beneficiary, as provided in subsection (3), to whom payment must be made.
(3) The department of administration shall pay the death benefit to the member's surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the department of administration shall pay the death benefit to the member's surviving children in equal shares. If there are no surviving children, the department of administration shall pay the death benefit to the member's survivors pursuant to Title 72 as if the member had died intestate.
(4) The department and the department of administration may adopt rules to implement this section.