Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to provide police with protective vests capable of stopping high-caliber bullets.

Some of the officers killed in the Dallas sniper ambush earlier this year had bullet-proof vests which were unable to stop the high-caliber rounds.

Last month, Senator Eltife created a partnership with local businesses and the City of Tyler to purchase the protective vests for police officers.

Patrick took his initiative a step further with plans modeled after legislation previously passed for combat veterans killed in the line-of-duty. It will exempt surviving spouses of fallen officers from having to pay property taxes on their homes, even if the home no longer carries a mortgage.