A committee in the Republican-led Michigan Senate has approved legislation aimed at blocking the offering of taxpayer-paid health insurance to domestic partners living with public employees.
The measures advance to the Senate floor after party-line votes Wednesday by the Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee. The House already has passed the legislation.
The bills aim to prohibit public employers from extending health benefits to unmarried partners of employees -- same sex or opposite sex.
It's unclear how much impact the legislation would have if it were to become law.
Democrats opposing the bills say they wouldn't apply to public universities because they have the constitutional authority to determine their own policies. Some opponents have argued the bills wouldn't apply to state employees under jurisdiction of Michigan Civil Service Commission decisions.
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