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Alaska Governor Uses First Veto to Protect Same-sex Partner Benefits
|Contributor||The Sunset Provision |
|Last Edited||The Sunset Provision Jan 01, 2007 11:32pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, January 2, 2007 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin nixed a bill that would deny public employee benefits to same-sex couples, in the first veto of her administration. |
The Associated Press reports that the governor said she rejected the bill despite her disagreement with a state Supreme Court order directing the state to offer benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.
Palin said in a media statement that she vetoed the bill on the advice of her new attorney general who said it is unconstitutional.
"Signing this bill would be in direct violation of my oath of office," Palin said in her media release Thursday night.
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill barring regulations implementing same-sex benefits during a November special session. The measure would have prevented the commissioner of administration from taking action on the new benefits plan.