Support for SB 2061 (Hart):
Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners

AS-2193-94/AA/FA - March 10-11, 1994

WHEREAS, The exclusion of domestic partners of the same or opposite sex and their dependents from employee benefits packages constitutes discrimination against employees solely on the basis of their nontraditional family status; and

WHEREAS, Senator Gary Hart (with principal co-author Assemblyman Richard Katz) has proposed enabling legislation [SB 2061 (Hart): Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners] which would permit the Public Employment Retirement System to contract with agencies that provide health benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; and

WHEREAS, A large and growing number of higher education institutions (e.g., Harvard, Columbia, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and the Universities of Chicago and Minnesota) have amended their employee benefits programs to provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; and

WHEREAS, Over 136 major corporations in the United States (including AT&T, Apple, Microsoft, Bank of America, Levi Strauss, PG&E, MCA, HBO, Sprint, Time Magazine, Warner Brothers) provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; and

WHEREAS, Cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley, and Seattle provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support SB 2061 (Hart): Public Employees’ Health Benefits: Domestic Partners which will permit the Public Employees Retirement System to contract with agencies that provide employee health benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus senates to support AB 2811 (Katz): Domestic Partners Health Care which would permit the Public Employees Retirement System to provide employee health benefits to domestic partners and their dependents; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to work with the California Faculty Association to support the enabling legislation, SB 2061 (Hart): Public Employees’ Health Benefits Domestic Partners, which would permit the Public Employees Retirement System to contract with agencies that provide employee health benefits to domestic partners and their dependents.

APPROVED -- May 5-6, 1994



 
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