Agenda Item 13A
September 12, 2017
September 8, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits -LOSAP
- Employees' Retirement System - Eligibility
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits - LO SAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmembers Navarro and Katz
and Council Vice President Riemer, is scheduled to be introduced on September 12, 2017. A
public hearing is tentatively scheduled for September 26, at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 29-17 would:
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on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing domestic partner benefits for County employees.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 Although Bill 16-16 generally repealed the
County law authorizing domestic partner 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.
Expedited Bill 29-17 would limit domestic partner survivor benefits to a person who
registered a domestic partnership with the County on or before June 27, 2016, making these
survivor benefits consistent with the general repeal of domestic partner benefits in Bill 16-16.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 29-17
Legislative Request Report
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