Santa Fe – The House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to a measure to support the families of first responders who die in the line of duty. House Joint Resolution 9 (HJR 9) would waive property taxes for the surviving spouse of a first responder who dies serving New Mexico. The exemption would apply as long as that individual remains a widow or widower. Currently, there are 33 individuals who would qualify for the exemption.

“The families of New Mexico’s heroes deserve our support,” said Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Sandoval). “These families have given so much to our state, making sure they never have to pay property taxes is the very least we can do to help them.”

HJR 9 is also sponsored by House Republicans Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) and Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) and if it passes the Senate it will go to the voters for approval in the next general elections.