Bills prohibiting public employers from offering domestic partner benefits heads to full state Senate
Public employers would be prohibited from offering health benefits to domestic partners under a pair of bills that cleared a state Senate committee on Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
Opponents, including several partners of teachers and university professors, said the bill could hurt the state economically, driving residents out and making it difficult for universities and municipalities to attract the best and brightest workers, according to the report.
The bills were approved by the Republican-controlled Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee in a party line vote, and will head to the full state Senate.
An attempt by Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, to amend the bill to exclude state universities was defeated, also along party lines.