On the death of a person who at the time of death is receiving a pension from the state highway patrol retirement system under division (A)(1) or (2) of section 5505.17 or section 5505.18 of the Revised Code, a lump-sum payment of five thousand dollars shall be paid to the retirant's surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the payment shall be made to the retirant's estate.
Application for the payment shall be made on a form provided by the state highway patrol retirement board.
A benefit paid under this section shall be treated as life insurance for purposes of this chapter and shall be funded solely from contributions made under division (B) of section 5505.15 of the Revised Code and any earnings attributable to those contributions.
Effective Date: 09-21-2000 .