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MA: End breed discrimination in housing and insurance markets

Ask your legislators to support bills H. 1038 and H. 1037/S. 595.

Act now, Massachusetts! The state legislature is considering lifesaving bills that would end breed discrimination in the insurance marketplace and prohibit nearly all breed, size and weight restrictions in the housing market. 

Companion bills H. 1037 and S. 595 prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against responsible pet owners based on dog breed. 

H. 1038 will remove the arbitrary breed, size and weight restrictions that so often serve as a barrier to finding affordable and accessible housing.

If enacted, this legislation will cement Massachusetts's reputation as a leader in animal welfare, saving thousands of dogs and keeping families together.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your representatives to support H. 1038 and H. 1037/S. 595.

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Ask your legislators to support bills H. 1038 and H. 1037/S. 595.

Act now, Massachusetts! The state legislature is considering lifesaving bills that would end breed discrimination in the insurance marketplace and prohibit nearly all breed, size and weight restrictions in the housing market.

If enacted, this legislation will cement Massachusetts's reputation as a leader in animal welfare, saving thousands of dogs and keeping families together.

Companion bills H. 1037 and S. 595 prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against responsible pet owners.

Currently, insurance companies can decline coverage based on a potential customer’s breed of dog — regardless of that dog’s individual behavior, personality, or even registration as a therapy animal.

At the same time, housing continues to be out of reach for many and the problem is exacerbated if you own a large dog. H. 1038 will remove the arbitrary breed, size and weight restrictions that so often serve as a barrier to finding affordable and accessible housing.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your representatives to support H. 1038 and H. 1037/S. 595.

Send a personalized message below.

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Please support S. 595/H. 1037 and H. 1038

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am a constituent and I want to urge you to please support two important measures that are being debated at the State House.

S. 595/H. 1037 and H. 1038 are common-sense safety-first bills to end discrimination against responsible dog owners in the insurance and housing markets.



I fully support these bills and urge you to do the same. The impact of ending discrimination in these markets will be immediate and widespread.

These bills are being heard in the Joint Committee on Financial Services in the coming days and I hope you'll support them there and on the floor. Thank you.

Sincerely,

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