Domestic partnership bill to be heard next week in Senate committee

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A domestic partnership bill will get a hearing this year in the Senate, thanks to the bill having been referred to the Children and Families Committee, which is chaired by a Democrat who happens to be the measure’s sponsor. The bill (SB 196) would allow Floridians to enter “domestic partnerships” resembling marriages.

It’s been filed before but hasn’t gotten far. But it will be heard this year. The bill, sponsored by Children and Families Chairwoman Eleanor Sobel, is on the agenda for the committee’s Feb. 19 meeting.

The committee has several moderate Republicans, though the vice chair is Sen. Alan Hays, one of the Senate’s most conservative members. In all, the committee has four Democrats and six Republicans. In addition to Hays, the Republicans are Sen. Thad Altman, Sen. Charlie Dean, Sen. Nancy Detert, Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Sen. Denise Grimsley.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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