IACA has identified bills to watch in the 100th General Assembly. You can view the entire bills at www.ilga.gov.
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A couple of bills affecting animals and animal welfare and control passed this session and have been signed into law. A short synopsis of the changes follows – please be aware that some of the titles of the bills do not reflect the actual language.
SB 2270 – Public Act 100-0740 – Sponsored by Senator Jil Tracy, this bill originally required the vaccination of cats in the state. However, when it arrived in the House of Representatives, Rep. Sara Feigenholz amended the language to offer an exemption to the Humane Care for Animals Act. The new language reads: Section 3.01 (c-10) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a law enforcement officer from taking temporary custody of a dog or cat that is a companion animal that is exposed in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that may result in injury or death of the dog or cat or may result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite, or similar condition. Upon taking temporary custody of the dog or cat under this subsection (c-10), the law enforcement officer shall attempt to contact the owner of the dog or cat and shall seek emergency veterinary care for the animal as soon as available. The law enforcement officer shall leave information of the location of the dog or cat if the owner cannot be reached. The owner of the dog or cat is responsible for any costs of providing care to the dog or cat.
SB 2313 – Public Act 100-0787 – Sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes, this language changes the Animal Control Act to allow each county to retain the licensing differential and the public safety fees collected and deposit them in the county’s animal population control fund rather than sending them to the state. It also amends the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Act to allow residual money from the State Pet Population Control Fund to be transferred to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine to sterilize pets of low-income owners and feral cats.
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