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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hospital Visitation and State DP Bills Move Through Legislature

Outfront Minnesota:

Contacts:
Monica Meyer, Public Policy Director, 612-822-0127 ext. 115
C. Scott Cooper, Legislative Lobbyist, 651-260-9950
Jo Marsicano, Communications Director, 612-822-0127 ext. 106

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Contacts:

Monica Meyer, Public Policy Director, 612-822-0127 ext. 115

C. Scott Cooper, Legislative Lobbyist, 651-260-9950

Jo Marsicano, Communications Director, 612-822-0127 ext. 106



March 20th, 2007

Hospital Visitation Bill Moves Ahead

(St. Paul) A bill to allow same-sex couples to freely visit each other in the hospital is headed to a vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives. On Monday, March 19th, the House Health and Human Services Committee voted 10 to 5 to approve the bill HF 1589 (SF 1398).

Compelling testimony was given by J. Lindsay Flint, whose partner was denied access to the emergency room where Lindsay was with their two-year-old son as he was suffering from pneumonia. “I am scared because I know my son is very ill and not able to breathe. The last thing I want to be doing is justifying why we both had the right to be in this room. The last thing I was thinking about was needing to prove our relationship to our son,” she told lawmakers.

“This is basic human mercy and common sense,” said committee member Representative Paul Thissen. “We want to provide a mechanism for people at a terrible time to visit their domestic partner. I think that’s something that resonates with most Minnesotans.”

Fortunately, the committee rejected efforts by conservatives to remove the words “domestic partner” from the legislation, and passed the bill as it was originally written.

The bill awaits a hearing in the Senate.


It was Rep. Tom Emmer who tried to amend the bill. I'm not suprised.


March 20th, 2007

Hospital Visitation and State Employee Domestic Partner Benefits Bills To Be Heard at Capitol Wednesday March 21st

What: Hospital Visitation Bill SF 1398 / HF 1589

Where: Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee, Room 15 State Capitol

When: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21st

Bill would: Allow hospitalized persons to designate a domestic partner as next of kin for purposes of hospital visitation and assistance with medical decision making.

Why the bill is needed: To protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Minnesotans from being barred from their loved ones during the time and place where they are needed most.

What: State Domestic Partnership Bill HF 1618 / SF 1369

Where: House Health and Human Services Committee, Room 200 State Office Building

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21st

Bill would: Restore domestic partner benefits for state employees which were withdrawn by the legislature in 2003.

Why the bill is needed: To reinstate benefits parity among state employees.

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