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County to consider domestic partner insurance coverage again


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Portage County’s Board of Supervisors will again consider offering insurance benefits to the domestic partners of their employees.  The county’s Human Resources Committee voted Thursday to recommend the benefits to the full board.

The City of Stevens Point acted on this issue last year, and offers benefits to both same sex and opposite sex couples, married or not. The county tabled the subject last September, choosing to wait until the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on a state law authorizing certain benefits to domestic partners. The high court upheld the law, and now the Human Resources Committee is ready to bring the issue back on the table.

The county board is expected to discuss it at the September 16th meeting. Some board members believe the domestic partner benefits may get stalled until the board has more time to study the issue and the financial impact.

Elected officials including County Executive Patti Dreier and State Representative Katrina Shankland both support offering insurance to domestic partners of employees.