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A03507 Summary:

COSPNSRSweeney, O'Donnell, Englebright, Colton, McDonough, Weprin, Millman, Moya, Rosenthal, Zebrowski
Add S3421, Ins L
Prohibits insurers from refusing to issue or renew, cancel, or charge or impose an increased premium for homeowners' insurance policies based on the breed of a dog owned.
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A03507 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2011-2012 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 25, 2011
        Introduced  by  M. of A. GLICK, SWEENEY, O'DONNELL, ENGLEBRIGHT, COLTON,
          McDONOUGH, WEPRIN, MILLMAN -- read once and referred to the  Committee
          on  Insurance  --  reported  and referred to the Committee on Codes --
          committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to amend the insurance law, in relation to prohibiting insurers
          from canceling, refusing to issue or renew, or charging higher  premi-
          ums for homeowners' insurance based on the breed of dog owned
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new  section  3421
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  3421.  Homeowners'  liability  insurance;  dogs. 1. With respect to
     4  homeowners' insurance policies as defined in section two thousand  three
     5  hundred  fifty-one  of this chapter, no insurer shall refuse to issue or
     6  renew, cancel, or charge or impose an increased premium or rate for such
     7  policy or contract based solely upon harboring or owning any  dog  of  a

     8  specific breed or mixture of breeds.
     9    2.  The  provisions of this section shall not prohibit an insurer from
    10  refusing to issue or renew or from canceling any such contract or  poli-
    11  cy,  nor from imposing a reasonably increased premium or rate for such a
    12  policy or contract based upon the designation of a dog of any  breed  or
    13  mixture  of  breeds  as  a dangerous dog pursuant to section one hundred
    14  twenty-three of the agriculture and markets law, based on  sound  under-
    15  writing  and actuarial principles reasonably related to actual or antic-
    16  ipated loss experience subject to the applicable provisions  of  section
    17  three thousand four hundred twenty-five of this article.
    18    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall

    19  have become a law and shall apply to all policies issued, renewed, modi-
    20  fied, altered or amended on or after such effective date.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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