Authored by Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, the bill is specifically aimed at helping the family of Ryan Clark of Martinez. The lone gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, killed Clark and 31 others before killing himself during a rampage on the campus last April. Another 47 people were injured in the worst shooting massacre in U.S. history.
Murphy said he is following the example of Congress and Virginia in removing the tax on payouts from the fund, which has totaled $8.5 million from 21,000 contributors. The survivors of those killed received a payment of $208,000, and those injured received amounts up to $100,000, based on advice from a dispute-resolution expert.