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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Jim Davnie Introducing DP Benefits Bill in House

From the Deets:

Domestic Partner Benefits

Readers may remember that for a short period of time the city of Minneapolis offered equal employment benefits to gay and lesbian employees. This practice ended when a lawsuit successfully argued that state law did not allow the City to offer benefits to domestic partners.

Currently over 300 Minnesota companies offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. Next week I will be introducing legislation that reinstates the basic principle of home rule and recognizes the right of local units of government, and locally elected public officials to determine the policies that work best in their own areas of the state. Whether or not to offer domestic partner benefits should be the decision of each local unit of government and not subject to interference from state government.

I've heard that both Ron Erhardt and Neil Peterson are co-sponsoring this bill. It will be interesting to see if the governor will veto the bill. In my opinion, a veto would make the governor seem extreme.