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Virginia passes amendment that benefits spouses of fallen first responders

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Aside from choosing their local and national leaders yesterday, Virginians went to the polls to vote on two constitutional amendments.

One of the measures–Question 2— was a¬†legislatively referred constitutional amendment that provides a property tax exemption to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.

The wording of the amendment read: “Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?”

According to WTOP, with 99% of the precincts reporting, 81% voted YES on that amendment.

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