Agenda Item 6C
October 10, 2017
October 6, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attome
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits - LOSAP -
Employees' Retirement System - Eligibility
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0): enact the Bill
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits - LOSAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmembers Navarro and Katz
and Council Vice President Riemer, was introduced on September 12, 2017. A public hearing was
held on September 26 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession
was held on September 28, 2017.
Bill 29-17 would:
• clarify the definition of a domestic partner for receiving County survivor benefits;
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a local fire and rescue
department volunteer to a domestic partner registered with the County on or before
June 27, 2016; and
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a County employee under the
County retirement systems to a domestic partner registered with the County on or
before June 27, 2016.
Bill 16-16, enacted by the Council on June 28, 2016 and signed into law by the Executive
on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing domestic partner benefits for County employees. The
law included a grandfather clause that permitted a County employee receiving domestic partner
benefits on June 27, 2016 to retain those benefits. Although Bill 16-16 repealed the County law
requiring the County to provide the same benefits to a domestic partner that it provides for a
spouse, including widow or widower benefits, the Bill did not remove references to domestic
partner survivor benefits for volunteer firefighters under the Length of Service Awards Program
and County employee survivor benefits under the County retirement laws.