TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Toledo City Council passed a measure to extended benefits to domestic partners of city employees Tuesday. It was the second time in three weeks council passed a provision to do so.
The first was vetoed by Mayor Bell after council members added a provision requiring the mayor to reopen negotiations with the city's firefighters union. The mayor said council did not have the legal authority to force him to reopen negotiations with any union, and council passed the measure cleanly, without any amendments, Tuesday.
The legislation extends health care, dental, vision and life insurance benefits to same sex and opposite sex partners of city employees. The law requires domestic partners to register with the clerk of city council before receiving benefits.