Constitutional amendment; real property tax exemption for spouse of disabled veteran. (HB71)

Introduced By

Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); real property tax exemption for surviving spouses of certain disabled veterans. Provides for a referendum at the November 6, 2018, election to approve or reject an amendment to the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different principal place of residence. Similar real property tax exemptions provided in the Constitution of Virginia to (i) the surviving spouses of members of the armed forces killed in action and (ii) the surviving spouses of certain emergency services providers killed in the line of duty allow the surviving spouse to move to a different principal place of residence and still claim the tax exemption. This bill is the companion ballot legislation for HJR 6 and is identical to SB 900. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/04/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100171D
12/04/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB71)
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/27/2018Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB71ER)
03/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB71ER)
03/05/2018Signed by Speaker
03/08/2018Signed by President
03/14/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 14, 2018
03/14/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/23/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 421 (effective 7/1/18)
03/23/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0421)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach): the voters a dom bill that passed last year. That allows the spouses killed of those skilled in action and surviving spouses -- having loved ones killed in action in the line of duty and first responders in police, their tax exemption travels with them. If they sell their property, this corrects that section of the code and I hope it's the pleasure of the house to pass the bill onto the third reading.

[Unknown]: continuing on. Next up is -- H.B. 614. A bill to amend and reenact 54.1-3700 and 54.1-3705 of the code of virginia, relating to practice of social work. reported from committee on health, welfare and institutions. >> the delegate from from newport news, delegate price. >> currently here in the commonwealth, we have two levels of licensure for social work. Licensed social workers which includes masters and bachelors levels and licensed clinical social work. This would create a mid-level license. I just wanted to note that neither sections, 54.1-3701, the exemptions nor 51.3709, the unlawful designation of social workers are altered in any way by hb 614. I move that the house engross the bill and pass it onto the third reading. >> house bill 734 has been taken by for the day.