Rep. Shawn Harrison’s ‘Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act’ passes unanimously

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The Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed The Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act today.  State Representative Shawn Harrison introduced this legislation that will bring relief to the families of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty.

The Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act will grant full homestead property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price in protecting Florida’s residents.  Florida’s first responders deserve the comfort of knowing that their families will be protected.  This property tax exemption already exists for our military families.

By relieving part of their financial burden, surviving spouses may continue to raise their families in the same home without worry of losing it due to property taxes.  The property tax exemption will exist in the current home or may be transferred to a new home, unless the surviving spouse remarries.

“I want to thank my colleagues for helping to pass this good bill.  Our brave men and women, who protect our neighborhoods from crime, save us from fires, and provide emergency medical attention, are there when we need them,” Representative Harrison said.  He continues, “They are our heroes on the homefront and we need to be there for them.  I look forward to this passing the Senate and having the voters approve this in November.”

Pending Senate approval, this bill would go into effect once House Joint Resolution 93 Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder, which proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution, has been placed on the November 2012 ballot and is approved by the Florida Voters.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.