Fourth Special Session Comes to a Close
November 21, 2006
HB 4002 asks the public to weigh in on the issue. It requires a statewide advisory vote to be held on April 3, 2007. The bill passed 12 - 7. Alaskans will be asked to vote yes or no to the following question:
"Although the court ordered the state to provide these benefits, legislators can't ignore their responsibility in setting public policy. Our job is to try and find a resolution to this issue and the first step is to find out what the public thinks," said Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens (R - Kodiak).
"Eight years ago Alaskans overwhelmingly approved the definition of marriage amendment to Alaska's constitution for weight of public direction regarding same-sex benefits. I believe it's only appropriate we go back to them to see if they want benefits, paid for with public money, to go to same-sex partners of state employees and retirees," Senate Finance Co-Chair Lyda Green (R - Wasilla).
HB 4001 prevents the Commissioner of Administration from implementing a court order to provide same-sex benefits without first getting specific statutory authority from the legislature. It passed 11 - 6.
The Senate adjourned Sine Die.
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