Rep. Prafford introduces domestic partners bill

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A Democratic House member has filed a bill to provide domestic partnership protections to allow non-married people to get a partner on a work health care plan, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 139) was filed Monday by Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, who said many workplaces already offer such plans. Pafford said in a release that nearly 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies and most of the state’s universities offer such benefits. “It is only sensible that we do all we can to attract and retain the best and brightest to work in Florida and to grow businesses here,” Pafford said. “By recognizing domestic partnerships, we will take a leap forward in improving our economy and the manner in which our residents are treated. It makes good economic sense, it is sound personnel policy, and it is the right thing to do.” Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, is sponsoring the bill (SB 166) in the Senate.

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