On a related front, a bill providing for death benefits to the domestic partners of police officers or firefighters who die in the line of duty appears close to passage. The bill passed the Senate early in the session, only to die in House Judiciary Committee on a 5-3 vote, taken when most committee members were absent. In response, the Senate re-passed a mirror version of the bill, which was then approved by House Finance Committee in the waning days of the session. The full House may consider the bill when the body returns this summer to address veto overrides.
Domestic Partner Benefits