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HF 1438

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 04/11/2011 10:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to state employees; requiring that health insurance benefits be made
available to domestic partners of state employees if they are also made available
to spouses; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 43A.02, by adding a
subdivision; 43A.24, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 43A.02, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 18a. new text end

new text begin Domestic partner. new text end

new text begin "Domestic partner" means a person who has entered
into a committed interdependent relationship with another adult of the same sex, where
the partners:
new text end

new text begin (1) are responsible for each other's basic common welfare;
new text end

new text begin (2) share a common residence and intend to do so indefinitely;
new text end

new text begin (3) are not related by blood or adoption to an extent that would prohibit marriage in
this state; and
new text end

new text begin (4) are legally competent and qualified to enter into a contract.
new text end

new text begin For purposes of this subdivision, domestic partners may share a common residence,
even if they do not each have a legal right to possess the residence or one or both domestic
partners possess additional real property.
new text end

new text begin If one domestic partner temporarily leaves the common residence with the intention
to return, the domestic partners continue to share a common residence for the purposes
of this subdivision.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 43A.24, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.


Employees, including persons on layoff from a civil
service position, and employees who are employed less than full time, shall be eligible
for state paid life insurance and hospital, medical and dental benefits as provided in
collective bargaining agreements or plans established pursuant to section 43A.18. new text begin If a
collective bargaining agreement or plan provides state paid health insurance for spouses of
employees, the insurance must be made available to domestic partners of state employees
on the same terms and conditions.
new text end