The key issue for House Federal and State Affairs Committee Chairman Arlen Siegfried, R-Olathe, isn't domestic partnerships, but the home rule authority of local governments. The newspaper reports:
House Bill 2299 would prevent any city or county from establishing a domestic partner registry that “recognizes any domestic partnership not recognized under state law.”
Siegfried said the critical question was whether the home rule authority of cities allowed the establishment of local domestic partnership registries.
“It’s not so much a gay marriage and domestic partnerships issue to me as it is a home rule issue,” he said. “I have some studying to do on home rule issues.”
Siegfried said if he decides that the committee should work on the bill, it will be scheduled for the week after next.