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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s court security officers who are killed in the line of duty would be eligible for the same death benefits as police officers and firefighters under a bill passed by the state Senate.

Under current law, families of police officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty receive $100,000. A bill that would expand that to court security officers passed the Senate on Thursday.

Sen. John Reagan, a Republican from Deerfield, said court officers do everything police do, and in fact, three quarters of them are former police officers. Democratic Sen. Lou D’Allesandro said courtrooms have become more violent as society has changed, and the state has a duty to protect its public servants.