On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Insurance and Real Estate Committee will consider House Bill 5443, which would prohibit insurance companies from establishing minimum premiums, canceling, refusing to renew, or refusing to issue a homeowners insurance policy based solely on the breed of dog owned by the insured or applicant. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports House Bill 5443, and encourages all Connecticut residents to contact the members of the committee and respectfully ask them to support the bill.
Talking Points in Favor of House Bill 5443:
- The AKC believes that insurance companies should determine coverage of a dog-owning household based on a dog’s deed, not its breed. If a dog is a well-behaved member of the household and the community, there is no reason to deny or cancel coverage. In fact, insurance companies should consider a dog an asset, a natural alarm system whose bark may deter intruders and prevent potential theft.
- Breed-specific insurance regulations are ineffective and discriminate against dog owners regardless of whether their dog is truly a problem. House Bill 5443 protects responsible dog owners from this discrimination, while ensuring that all dog owners are held accountable for their pets, regardless of what breed they choose to own.
What you can do:
Connecticut residents are encouraged to contact the members of the Joint Insurance and Real Estate Committee and urge support of non-discriminatory House Bill 5443. Please submit public testimony and emails to email@example.com.
Individual members of the committee may be reached as follows:
State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Committee Co-Chair – Click here for a form to email State Senator Crisco
State Representative Robert W. Megna, Committee Co-Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Senator Joan V. Hartley, Committee Vice Chair – email@example.com
State Representative David Zoni, Committee Vice Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Senator Kevin C. Kelly, Ranking Member – Click here for a form to email State Senator Kelly
State Representative Robert C. Sampson, Ranking member – email@example.com
State Representative Catherine F. Ambercrombie – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Victor Cuevas – email@example.com
State Representative Jeff Currey – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Stephen D. Dargan – email@example.com
State Representative Livvy R. Floren – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Susan M. Johnson — email@example.com
State Representative Brenda L. Kupchick – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Jesse MacLachlan – email@example.com
State Representative Selim G. Noujaim – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Christine Randall – email@example.com
State Representative Emmett D. Riley – firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative John F. Scott – email@example.com
State Representative Kurt Vail – firstname.lastname@example.org
AKC Government Relations will provide additional updates on House Bill 5443 as information becomes available. For more information, contact AKC Government Relations at 919-816-3720, or email email@example.com.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports House Bill 5443, and encourages all Connecticut residents to contact the members of the committee and respectfully ask them to support the bill.