By Curt Olson | The Nerve
A legislator who also is a volunteer state constable has co-sponsored a bill that would allow volunteer constables to claim a maximum state income-tax deduction of $3,000 a year.
But Rep. Bill Hixon, R-Aiken and one of five co-sponsors of H. 3089, which received unanimous approval Wednesday by a House Ways and Means subcommittee, says he wouldn’t benefit from the deduction if it becomes law because he already receives the tax break as a volunteer firefighter.
Those who currently can claim the deduction include volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, volunteer members of a Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Team, reserve police officers, Department of Natural Resources deputy enforcement officers, and members of the State Guard. Under H. 3089, volunteer constables would be added to that group.