Politics
4:40 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Michigan Legislature OKs domestic partner benefit ban

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have approved a bill aimed at blocking the offering of taxpayer-paid health insurance to domestic partners living with
some public employees.

The main bill in the package passed by 63-45 vote Thursday in the House. It's headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

The legislation would prohibit some public employers from extending health benefits to unmarried partners of employees, whether they are of the same sex or opposite sex. It would apply to public schools, local governments and some state employees.

It wouldn't apply to public universities, based on Senate-approved changes.

Lawmakers also approved a bill aimed at saving money in the state retiree benefits system. Some employees would be required to make 4 percent payments to remain in the state pension system.