Tuesday, June 3, 2008
City Councilman Bruce Kraus introduced legislation today that would create a domestic partner registry to assist domestic partners is obtaining benefits available to them by their employers. The city already offers benefits to domestic partners but does not have anyway of verifying and maintaining records of those couples. The registry would be mutually exclusive to the city but would allow domestic partners who register to obtain the proper paperwork to take to their employer that would verify their relationship status. The legislation was modeled after that of Urbana, ILL. The idea for this registry came after council president Doug Shields was auctioned off for charity. The winning couple won dinner at the Council Presidents house where the idea was introduced.