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HB 259: Families First

GENERAL BILL by Pafford ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Berman ; Clarke-Reed ; Cruz ; Danish ; Dudley ; Edwards ; Fullwood ; Jones, M. ; Jones, S. ; McGhee ; Moskowitz ; Pritchett ; Rader ; Rangel ; Reed ; Rehwinkel Vasilinda ; Richardson ; Rouson ; Saunders ; Schwartz ; Slosberg ; Stark ; Stewart ; Waldman ; Watson, C.

Families First; Sets fees & costs for dissolution or registration of domestic partnership; requires DOH to examine certificates of domestic partnership & dissolution reports; requires clerk to transmit declarations of domestic partnership; authorizes DOH to issue certified copy of certain vital records to domestic partner; includes domestic partnership within domestic violence provisions; requires DOH to create & distribute forms; provides jurisdiction over partnership proceedings; requires partnership registry; requires form to be filed to form partnership & specifies contents; authorizes partners to retain surnames; provides that any privilege or responsibility granted or imposed by statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law, or any other law because individual is or was related to another by marriage, or is child of either spouse, is granted on equivalent terms to domestic partners or individuals similarly related to domestic partners; provides exceptions; provides methods to prove existence of partnership when certificate is lost or unavailable; provides for termination of partnership.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 5/3/2013 House - Died in Civil Justice Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/17/2013 House • Filed
1/30/2013 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 40
3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 39
5/3/2013 House • Died in Civil Justice Subcommittee