senate Bill S928

Prohibits insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew an automobile insurance policy when the motor vehicle to be insured is used for fire fighting

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.895
  • 02 / Jun / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A1007

Summary

Prohibits insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew an automobile insurance policy when the motor vehicle to be insured is used for firefighting.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1007
Versions:
S928
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3425, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S598, A8025
2007-2008: A10481A

Votes

15
0
15
Aye
0
Nay
2
aye with reservations
1
absent
0
excused
0
abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S928

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the insurance law, in relation to insuring motor vehicles used
for volunteer firefighting

PURPOSE:
This legislation prohibits insurance companies from refusing
to issue or renew an automobile insurance policy for the sole reason
that the motor vehicle to be insured is used for volunteer fire
fighting.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 3425 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new subsection (s) to prohibit insurance companies
from refusing to issue or renew an automobile insurance individually
owned private passenger policy for the sole reason that the motor
vehicle to be insured is used for volunteer fire fighting.

JUSTIFICATION:
A major auto insurance company serving New York
residents recently denied renewal of an auto insurance policy for a
gentleman for the sole reason that he used the vehicle to travel to
calls in his role as a volunteer fire fighter.

Members of volunteer fire departments across New York State
consistently serve the needs of the citizens and their guests with
bravery and honor. Yet, time restraints and the cost of living have
made it very hard to recruit and retain membership in the Volunteer
Fire Departments. It is already difficult to find individuals with
the time to join and as a result the last thing our volunteer fire
departments need is another deterrent to join or remain involved in
volunteer service.

This legislation guarantees when a person makes the positive decision
to serve his or her community in the ranks of their volunteer fire
department, they will not face a loss of auto insurance. Valiant
service protecting life and property is worthy of such protection.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.6940-A of 2008 (Passed Senate)
S.598 of 2009/10 (Senate Insurance Committee)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the
thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   928

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MARCELLINO,  LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Insurance

AN  ACT  to amend the insurance law, in relation to insuring motor vehi-
  cles used for volunteer firefighting

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  3425 of the insurance law is amended by adding a
new subsection (s) to read as follows:
  (S) WITH RESPECT TO AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE, NO INSURER SHALL  REFUSE  TO
ISSUE  OR  RENEW  A  COVERED INDIVIDUALLY-OWNED PRIVATE PASSENGER POLICY
SOLELY ON THE GROUND THAT THE MOTOR VEHICLE TO  BE  INSURED  UNDER  SUCH
POLICY SHALL BE USED FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTING.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04195-01-1

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