Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1), an Iowa committee is considering a bill that would prohibit homeowner’s and renter’s insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder.
All responsible dog owners and breeders in Iowa are encouraged to contact the House Commerce Committee to express your support for HSB 99. Scroll down for more information.
House Study Bill 99 prohibits insurers from refusing to issue, renew or cancel or raise premiums for homeowner’s insurance based solely on breed of dog (or mixed-breed) owned by the policyholder for policies changed, renewed, or issued after the law goes into effect. The bill does allow for insurance companies to take these actions if any dog (regardless of breed) has been declared dangerous or high risk based on city ordinances.
AKC supports HSB 99, which is a good first step protecting to homeowners and renters who are responsible dog owners, while still holding all dog owners accountable, regardless of the breed they choose to own.
Visit our BSL Key Issue Page for more talking points on this issue.
What You Can Do:
Contact the House Commerce Committee members prior to the hearing tomorrow at 1:00 pm and express your support for HSB 99. If you are a constituent, be sure to mention that when contacting them:
Rep. Shannon Lundgren, Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. David Young, Vice Chair – email@example.com
Rep. Kenan Judge, Ranking Member – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sean Bagniewski – email@example.com
Rep. Brian Best – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jane Bloomingdale – email@example.com
Rep. Dave Deyoe – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Forbes – email@example.com
Rep. Martin L. Graber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. David Jacoby – email@example.com
Rep. Barb Kniff McCulla – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bob Kressig – email@example.com
Rep. Brian K. Lohse – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Gary M. Mohr – email@example.com
Rep. Amy Nielsen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Carter F. Nordman – email@example.com
Rep. J.D. Scholten – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Megan Srinivas – email@example.com
Rep. Phil Thompson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charley Thomson – email@example.com
Rep. Mike Vondran – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John H. Wills – email@example.com
Rep. Hans C. Wilz – firstname.lastname@example.org
AKC Government Relations will continue to closely follow this bill and all legislation impacting dog owners in Illinois. For questions or more information, contact the AKC GR at email@example.com