Ariz. lawmakers target partner benefits

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PHOENIX -- Arizona state workers who just won health benefits for their domestic partners will lose them under a proposed budget lawmakers are considering.

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The move would reverse a decision made last year by former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano's administration. Critics at the time blasted the decision as a breach of power that would undermine traditional marriage.

The change is part of a budget proposed by Republican legislative leaders and would eliminate benefits as of Oct. 1.

Center for Arizona Policy president Cathi Herrod praised the legislative move, saying Napolitano's administration should never have created the benefits.

Critics say the change would be discriminatory and would leave people without health-care coverage.

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