Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill to End Discrimination of Public Employees

Legislation would repeal ban on domestic partner benefits
Friday, May 17, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bill today that would reverse the state’s refusal to extend health benefits to domestic partners of public employees. The legislation, House Bill 4742, repeals Public Act 297 of 2011, which enacted the ban. The bill has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee.

“PA 297 hinders our state’s ability to attract and retain a talented workforce,” Zemke said. “Business and higher education leaders have cited the act for its adverse impact, particularly on Michigan’s attractiveness to young professionals as they consider pursuing opportunities outside of Michigan.”

As of its introduction, the bill had 33 co-sponsors, including Zemke’s fellow representatives from Washtenaw County, Reps. Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti).

“Attracting and retaining a skilled workforce in order for Michigan to compete in a global economy is an issue about which I am deeply passionate, and one that motivated me to seek elected office,” Zemke said. “I want to see Michigan join the ranks of other inclusive states and treat its workers and residents with the respect they deserve.”