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2007 Senate Bill 5336: Protecting individuals in domestic partnerships by granting certain rights and benefits.
Introduced by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on January 17, 2007
To create the “State Domestic Partnership Registry.” Unmarried couples sharing a common residence and are either of the same-sex or are over the age of 62 can qualify for a state-registered domestic partnership. A domestic partnership would grant same-sex couples rights and privileges currently given to legally married couples. See companion HB 1351.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee on January 17, 2007
Substitute offered to the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee on February 5, 2007
To remove the provision that recognized partnerships, civil unions, and reciprocal beneficiary relationships that were created in another state. The substitute also adds domestic partners as beneficiaries of wrongful death actions. Information recorded on death certificates must include domestic partnership status and the surviving partner's information to the same extent that such information is recorded for marital status and the surviving spouse's information.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 1, 2007
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 5, 2007
Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on March 1, 2007
To insert a referendum clause.
The amendment failed 18 to 29 in the Senate on March 1, 2007.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Received in the House on March 5, 2007
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on March 5, 2007
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 27, 2007
Amendment offered by Rep. Glenn Anderson, (R-Fall City) (R) on April 10, 2007
To add a referendum clause, requiring a vote of the people for adoption or rejection at the next general election.
The amendment failed 35 to 63 in the House on April 10, 2007.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Rep. Mark Miloscia (Algona) (D) on April 10, 2007
To allow blood relatives to register as domestic partners; adds the requirement that the two persons must be prohibited from marrying each other under state law to register as domestic partners. To register, domestic partners must file with the Secretary of State a "declaration of domestic partners in a mutual beneficiary contract." Recognizes as Washington domestic partnerships those civil unions, domestic partnerships, and other relationships created in other states, provided that the parties meet the requirements under the act.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 10, 2007
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on April 10, 2007
To provide a "reverse severability" clause. The entire act is null and void and has no effect if any provision of the act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 10, 2007
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on April 10, 2007
To strike the underlying bill and creates a registry for mutual beneficiaries. To register as mutual beneficiaries, two adults must be at least 18, not be married to another or in a mutual beneficiary contract, be capable of consenting, and execute and file a mutual beneficiary contract with the Secretary of State (thus, same sex couples, different sex couples, and blood relatives may register). Provides rights to mutual beneficiaries as provided to domestic partners in the underlying bill, except for the following rights: (a) cause of action for wrongful death of partner; (b) inclusion on death certificate; (c) PEBB benefits for state employees' same sex partners; (d) right to consent to remove human remains; (e) right to consent to dissection and autopsy, and to receive autopsy report; and (f) right of partner to be agent in power of attorney when partner is principal's physician or owner of health care facility where principal is treated. Contains a referendum clause.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 10, 2007
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 20, 2007

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