(a) Council Authority. The Council may by ordinance provide survivor benefits for domestic partners of members of Tiers 2, 3 and 4 of the Fire and Police Pension Plans, subject to any conditions of entitlement set forth in any ordinance adopted in accordance with the provisions of this section. The authority granted in this section shall include the authority to expand the definition of “qualified surviving spouse” for purposes of the Fire and Police Pension Plans to include a domestic partner.
(b) Mode of Adoption. Ordinances adopted under this section shall be adopted in the same manner as provided in Section 1618(b), but Council shall be advised in writing by an enrolled actuary as to the cost of the proposed benefits.