Legislation that proposes a constitutional amendment to provide tax relief for surviving spouses of fallen military and first responders unanimously passed the House of Representatives.  The bill, HB 505, by State Representative Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City), now heads to the Louisiana Senate.

“My father was a firefighter who was critically injured and permanently disabled in the line of duty, so this issue is a personal one for me,” said Johnson.  “If a hero pays the ultimate price in service to their country and their community, then their family has already paid enough. I am delighted that so many of my colleagues in the Legislature agree with the importance of this legislation.”

If adopted pursuant to HB 505, the new constitutional amendment will establish a total ad valorem property tax exemption on the family home for the surviving spouses of any member of the armed forces of the United States, the La. National Guard, or a law enforcement or fire protection officer killed in the line of duty.