Colorado Springs Gazette (April 26, 2009)
DENVER • The state House of Representatives gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees.
A 34-30 vote on SB88 sent the measure to the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter. If he signs it, a state employee can get benefits for a same-sex partner if the employee declares that he or she has been in a committed relationship for at least a year.
The nonpartisan Legislative Council estimated that the bill would cost roughly $150,000 in additional benefits payments when it goes into effect in July 2010.