§ 9-1125.  Duties of the Commission on Human Relations with Respect to Life Partnerships. 1081
   (1)   The Commission shall advise all applicants that Life Partnership does not provide the protections afforded by marriage, and shall make such forms and information available to applicants as the Commission deems appropriate on issues that may include, but are not limited to, adoption, medical treatment, and end-of-life decisions, advance health care directives, living wills, durable health care powers of attorney, appointment of a health care agent, guardian designations, and wills; provided that the Commission shall not provide legal advice or services.
   (2)   The Commission shall review each Verification Statement and, no later than 30 days after receipt of such statement, notify the persons submitting the statement whether the Verification Statement has been accepted or rejected. If the Commission has accepted the Verification Statement, it shall provide the Life Partners with an official document confirming their status as verified Life Partners. If the Commission rejects the Verification Statement, it shall provide an explanation of the reason for that action, and an explanation of the steps required to cure any deficiencies in the Statement.
   (3)   The Commission may, by regulation, establish and collect from applicants submitting a Verification Statement a reasonable fee to defray the costs of administering the provisions of this Chapter with respect to Life Partnerships. The Commission may reduce or waive the fee upon a showing of financial hardship.



   Added, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).