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Domestic-partner health insurance approved in Joint Committee on Finance

May 22, 2009

The Joint Committee on Finance today (May 22) approved Gov. Jim Doyle’s proposal to authorize the offering of health insurance benefits to same- and opposite-sex domestic partnerships.

This is a very important development and brings the reality of this provision becoming law one step closer, according to Don Nelson of UW–Madison’s State Relations.

Both houses of the Legislature still need to approve this provision, and that approval is more likely after today’s action, Nelson adds.

In addition, the committee approved the governor’s plan for a same-sex domestic partner registry. This provision also awaits full legislative approval.

Action on both items is expected in the next few weeks.

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