Maine LD 1192, sponsored by Representative Justin Chenette, will be considered by the Joint Committee on Insurance and Financial Services on April 25. The bill seeks to prohibit insurance companies from cancelling, refusing to issue, or charging an increased premium for a property insurance policy solely on the basis of a policyholder’s ownership of a certain breed of dog. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners both support LD 1192. All concerned Maine citizens are encouraged to contact the committee members (listed below) and urge them to support LD 1192.
As introduced, LD 1192 prohibits insurance companies from cancelling, refusing to issue, or charging an increased premium for a property insurance policy solely on the basis of a policyholder’s ownership of a certain breed of dog. Additionally, the bill provides that insurance companies are not prohibited from such actions if a dog has been designated as a dangerous dog in accordance with state law.
The American Kennel Club believes that insurance companies should determine coverage of a dog-owning household based on the dog’s deeds, not the dog’s 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 my deter intruders and prevent potential theft.
What You Can Do:
Maine residents are encouraged to contact the members of the Joint Committee on Insurance and Financial Services, and express your strong support of LD 1192. (For talking points regarding breed-specific legislation and practices, click here.)
Sen. Geoffrey M. Gratwick, Chair
Rep. Sharon Anglin Treat, Chair
Rep. Joyce A. Fitzpatrick, Ranking Minority Member
Sen. Richard G. Woodbury
Sen. Rodney L. Whittemore
Rep. Paulette G. Beaudoin
Rep. Henry E. M. Beck
Rep. Terry K. Morrison
Rep. Janice E. Cooper
Rep. Jane P. Pringle
Rep. Michael D. McClellan
Rep. Raymond A. Wallace
Rep. Peter Doak
CC: Committee Clerk Molly Gallant firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email email@example.com; or Jay Kitchener with the Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners at (207) 646-8121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine LD 1192, sponsored by Representative Justin Chenette, will be considered by the Joint…