Currently, if a veteran is killed in the line of duty, his spouse may have to pay property taxes on the family home, despite a section in the Utah Constitution that makes that property exempt.

Sen. Brent Goodfellow, D-West Valley City, is sponsoring SB128, which clarifies the law so counties won't charge property tax to those spouses.

The House Revenue and Taxation committee unanimously passed the bill during the committee's meeting Friday.

Goodfellow said one of his constituents contacted him after Salt Lake County charged her a property tax for a home she bought in May 2007, though she had been told no property tax would be levied on her home because her husband was killed in Iraq in March.

SB128 next heads to the floor of the House for debate.