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Connecticut Bars Insurers From Requiring Homeowners to Install Storm Shutters

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed into a law a measure that prohibits insurance companies from refusing to issue policies or refusing to renew...
July 10, 2007

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed into a law a measure that prohibits insurance companies from refusing to issue policies or refusing to renew policies for homes that don't have storm shutters, as a condition of keeping their homeowners policies. The prohibition in the law took effect July 1, 2007. A section requiring insurance companies to offer discounts to homeowners who install impact-resistant glass or shutters is effective January 1, 2008.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who filed the bill that the law was based on and lobbied aggressively on its behalf, issued a statement praising the measure's passage. Last year, some Connecticut homeowners living near the shoreline were mailed notices informing them they had 45 days to install hurricane-strength storm shutters on their homes, or face nonrenewal of their homeowners policies. Blumenthal and others railed against the requirement, and the state Department of Insurance eventually barred insurers from enacting it.

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