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Thu December 15, 2011
Snyder: Still no decision on live-in partner benefits ban
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
Governor Rick Snyder says he has made no decision yet on whether to sign or veto a ban on taxpayer-funded health benefits for the live-in partners of public employees. The governor says his team is still examining the measure to ensure it will not outlaw benefits offered to the domestic partners of university employees. There's wide disagreement on whether that's the case. But the governor has said he'd likely veto a measure that does not respect the independence of state universities.
"That's where I want to go through the issues of uncertainty, the comments from all sides, and really analyze that," he says. "So that's still to come ... It has to wait it's time and place and that will be coming very soon."
The governor has until December 27th to sign or veto the bill. He could also ask the Legislature to reconsider the measure. That would require the Legislature to ask for the bill to be returned.