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Action Alert: Assembly Bill #363
For All Wisconsin Dog Owners


Provided by Dog Federation of Wisconsin

~What to do Now~

5/11/05

ACT IMMEDIATELY: GOOD DOG OWNERS INSURANCE BILL
Assemblyman Lehman has proposed Assembly Bill #363

This bill will protect you from insurance companies who refuse to write policies, refuse to renew policies and/or charge increased premiums for dog owners.

As the years go by, it has become increasingly difficult for dog owners to either obtain homeowners insurance and/or they have faced extremely high premiums. Both the Dog Federation of Wisconsin and the AKC strongly support Assembly Bill 363 which will prevent such discrimination, as they prohibit insurers from refusing to issue, renew or cancel homeowners insurance based on the breed of dog a person may own.

We strongly urge every individual, club, dog related organization, to join us in supporting this piece of legislation.

Analysis of Assembly Bill 363 by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
Current law does not prohibit an insurer from denying, or from basing premiums for, coverage under a liability insurance policy to a dog owner because of the particular breed of dog he or she owns. This bill prohibits an insurer from denying, or from basing premiums for, coverage under a liability insurance policy to a dog owner because of the breed of dog he or she owns. The bill permits an insurer to deny, or to base premiums for, coverage under a liability insurance policy to a dog owner only because of the past behavior of his or her dog. If the dog owner knows that his or her dog has been used in the commission of a crime or has previously injured a person, domestic animal, or property, then the insurer may generally deny coverage or increase the premium for coverage.

Complete Bill text for AB363 may be referenced on the internet: http://www.legis.state.wi.us

5/11/05: What to do now: Contact your legislators (both State Representative and State Senator) and urge him/her to co-sponsor this bill.

There are a number of ways to contact your elected representatives; phone, email, snail mail or in person. The most expedient and painless manner is to phone (toll-free) the WI Legislative Hotline as follows:

You may leave messages for any legislator with the Legislative Hotline. The Hotline operators will take messages only for the Senator or Representative for the district in which you live. If you do not know the name of your state Senator or Representative, they can locate that information. For larger cities such as Milwaukee, Madison, or Green Bay, which have multiple Senators and Representatives, it is helpful if you know the ward in which you reside.

The Hotline can be reached at:

Local Madison Number: 266-9960
Statewide Toll-Free: 800-362-9472
Hearing Impaired: 800-228-2115


Updates on this Bill and other WI canine legislation can be found by joining an e-mail announcement only list here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DFOW-Announcements

Or, you may join an email list for all animal laws for WI residents at the web address below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wi_animal_laws

We appreciate your help!!

Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean it won’t take an interest in you. Pericles


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