AUSTIN, Texas -

The Texas Senate has approved a plan to give property tax relief to the spouses of military members killed in combat.

Tuesday's Senate vote will put the idea to voters statewide in November.

The constitutional amendment would allow surviving spouses to claim a full property tax exemption if they are in the same house they lived when their spouse was killed. If they move, they could apply an exemption worth the value of their old home toward their new one.

The exemption would end if the surviving spouse remarries.

In the last four years, voters have twice amended the state constitution to grant property tax breaks for veterans who were rated 100 percent disabled and their surviving spouses.