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                    Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
          
                                           205 (Goldberg)
          
          Hearing Date:  8/25/03          Amended: 8/21/03       
          Consultant:  K. French & A. Maitland         Policy Vote:  
          Judic: 5-1
                                                                       
                                         Rev&Tax: 4-3  
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          BILL SUMMARY:   AB 205 enacts the California Domestic  
          Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003, which  
          recasts the existing Domestic Partnership Act and extends  
          to registered domestic partners substantially all rights,  
          benefits, and obligations of married persons under state  
          law, with the exception of those rights, benefits, and  
          obligations accorded only to married persons by federal  
          law, the California Constitution, or initiative statutes. 
                              Fiscal Impact (in thousands)
           
          Major Provisions        2003-04      2004-05     2005-06     2006-07   Fund
           CalPERS-Admin.   --------------minor------------------------General
          CalPERS--State
           Retirement  & Death
           benefits        ---------minor, if any increase----------PERF
           Health benefits             
          ----------------minor-------------------PERF
          CalPERS-Contracting
           Agencies       --------------unknown--------------Local
          SOS notifications          minor    --         --            
          --General
          Local mandate --------Unknown, offset by filing fees---Local
          Courts        -------Unknown, offset by filing fees----General

          STAFF COMMENTS:  This bill was heard on August 18th,   
          author's amendments were adopted, testimony was taken and  
          the bill was put over to today for VOTE ONLY.  Author's  
          amendments delete the provision allowing registered  
          domestic partners to file a joint income tax return  
          beginning in 2005, make a correction to the language to  
          ensure that the bill does not jeopardize the tax-qualified  
          status of the long-term care insurance plans provided by  
          the CalPERS Long Term Care Program, and incorporate  
          language into the family code to clarify that domestic  
          partners use the same filing status for both state and  










          federal income tax returns. 

          CalPERS notes that costs for increased benefit eligibility  
          associated with this bill would be minor and would not  
          result in an increase in rates or actuarial assumptions.   
          Domestic partners already have rights with respect to  
          health benefits, which is the most costly area.  AB 205  
          will increase costs for contracting agencies, because it  
          eliminates a contracting agency's discretion in providing  
          health coverage for domestic partners of its employees and  
          annuitants.  Assuming an additional 600 enrollees at an  
          annual cost of $2,400 per enrollee, costs to employers and  
          employees could be $1.8 million annually.  A precise figure  
          for the additional cost to employers of this extended  
          coverage is not possible, because public agencies have  
          different employer contribution amounts.