Nashville, TN – Tennessee House Democrats yesterday introduced and fought for legislation that would reaffirm the state’s commitment to property tax relief for the disabled, veterans and seniors. The proposed amendment was filed in response to HB1197, sponsored by Oak Ridge Representative John Ragan.
The sponsor conceded that the bill significantly cuts a program of property tax relief for veterans, the disabled and seniors. Democratic caucus members fought against the bill and the cuts.
Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart of Nashville suggested that lawmakers “reaffirm our commitment to veterans, elderly and disabled tax relief and get money from our reserve fund which is brimming with money.” Stewart’s amendment was tabled however.
Tennessee House Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has Fort Campbell in his district and read from a text he received from a veteran.
Pitts read: “I’m not asking for a handout, after all I gave my hand during battle and will never get it back.”
The measure passed however and it now moves on to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s desk.