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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2018 10:50 AM
From: Representative Marty Flynn
To: All House members
Subject: Property Tax Exemption for Deceased Veterans’ Spouses
The men and women who have served in the United States military have committed themselves in service of our country. These dedicated individuals have pledged their lives to this cause, and have done so even unto death. While many soldiers come home unharmed after active military service, some are wounded and suffer some type of disability from placing themselves in harm’s way, while others pay the ultimate price for our freedom and are killed in the line of duty or during active service duty. For their incredible sacrifices on our behalf, we owe these brave servicemen and women, and their families, every fair and reasonable support and benefit to show our appreciation for the debt we owe them that can never fully be paid.

We currently provide for a property tax exemption for a veteran with 100% service-connected disability and, after the veteran’s death, that exemption extends to the veteran’s unmarried spouse if the spouse is determined to be in need. My legislation seeks to extend the property tax exemption to the unmarried spouse of a disabled veteran who was in the process of qualifying for the property tax exemption, if the veteran would have been declared 100% disabled if he or she had survived until the end of the evaluation period and if the veteran died as a direct result of the injury or disability for which the veteran was evaluated. This legislation would also extend the property tax exemption to the unmarried spouse of a veteran who was killed either in the line of duty or during active service duty.

Veterans are among our most important constituencies; it is our duty to ensure that they and their loved ones receive every benefit to which they are entitled. As such, I ask for your support by cosponsoring this legislation. Please help me fight for benefits for those who fought for our freedom.

Introduced as HB542