Today the House-Senate Conference Committee on HB 117 and HB 118. The Senators delivered to the House data on insurance and taxation consequences of proposed DP benefits (called "reciprocal beneficiary" benefits in HB 118).
The net effect of extending income-tax deductions to same-gender partners: a net GAIN of a few $100,000's to the state (due to the built-in "marriage penalties"). The story was similar for the effects of extending health benefits -- very slight effects and possible savings to the state and employers.
The Conference Committee then adjourned until Wednesday, March 19.
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