SECTION 1. Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 227 the following section:-
Section 228. No insurance company offering homeowners insurance coverage or renters insurance coverage in Massachusetts issuing a policy or contract insuring against liability for injury to any person or injury to or destruction of property arising out of ownership or lease of residential property shall refuse to issue or renew, cancel or charge or impose an increased premium or rate of such a policy or contract based in whole or in part, upon the harboring of any specific breed or breeds of dog upon such real property.
If any such dog has been designated as a dangerous dog pursuant to current statutes, the provisions in this section shall in no manner prohibit an insurer from refusing to issue or renew or from canceling any such contact or policy, nor from imposing an increased premium or rate for such a policy or contract.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on the 60th day after enactment.
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