Legislative Update

This update is for informational use only.  The Illinois Animal Welfare Federation provides this information so that you may make informed decisions.   You can review these bills and others, including their current status, at www.ilga.gov.  Watch this site and our member e-mails for updates and alerts on how you can help the animals through legislative efforts. 
Get involved!   To make your voice heard for the animals, learn who your senators and representatives are and contact them with your opinions.  Don't know who your legislators are?  Go to Legislator Lookup at www.ilga.gov.  Need help fillingout a witness slip?  See the How to Section at the bottom of this page.  Want input into the IAWF legislative platform?  Contact any board member with your issues, concerns, or comments.

Don’t let bill numbers confuse you.  There is a method to how bills are identified.  Bills that originate in the House will have a Representative as the sponsor and will be referenced by an “HB” in front of the bill number.  Similarly, bills that originate in the Senate will have a Senator as the sponsor and be referenced by an “SB” in front of the bill number.  Bill numbers are assigned chronologically as they are filed.  Public Acts are the result of bills passing both chambers of the General Assembly and being signed into law by the Governor.  The numbers associated with a Public Act reference which General Assembly where the bill became law and a chronological number as the bill became law.  For instance, PA 101-0295 below is a Public Act that became law in the 101st General Assembly and was the 295th Public Act to become law during the session.

2021 Legislation

The Illinois General Assembly is currently in session and there are a number of bills that affect animal welfare and animal control.  Legislation evolves rapidly and changes can occur in short periods of time.  The list below are bills that remain active and viable at the time this list was compiled.  Numerous other bills were introduced in what has been a very active legislative session in 2021 as the COVID pandemic essentially eliminated the 2020 legislative session.

HB0017 HB0168 HB0572 HB1711 HB2574 HB2922 HB3019 HB3020 HB3100 HB3260

HB3283 HB3378 HB3416 HB3971 SB0153 SB1672 SB1673 SB1801 SB2059 SB2266

When you visit www.ilga.gov you can click on “Bills and Resolutions” to navigate through the list of several thousand bills to locate the bills listed above.  Try it.  Once you have given it a try a few times it becomes rather easy.

The IAWF will continue to monitor animal legislation throughout the year, including any bills brought up in the fall veto session.  We'll keep you up to date on current events via e-mails or on our website.

2019 Legislation

Public Acts that have an impact on animal welfare and animal control in 2019:

PA 101-0295 – Amends the Animal Welfare Act to eliminate foster home licenses and require management of foster homes through sponsoring animal shelters; defines the word “return” for trap, neuter, return programs; requires separate licenses for different operations; strengthens neutering requirements for adoptions; and increases administrative fines and license fees.

PA 101-0299 – Requires the rabies vaccination of cats over the age of 4 months; exempts feral cats except that if a feral cat is presented to a veterinarian, it must be vaccinated against rabies; and requires that a veterinarian inoculating a cat against rabies must provide a rabies certificate to the owner or the person who presented the feral cat.

2018 Legislation

Several bills have passed through both Houses in the General Assembly this year that affect animals and those who work with them.  These are the new Public Acts:

PA 100-322 - Best Practices and Uniforms Standards to Ensure Consumer Protection and Safe Pets Act.

PA 100-323 - Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act

PA 100-405 –Amends the Animal Control Act.  Establishes limits for the use of a county animal population control fund.

PA 100-740 - Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act to allow law enforcement to temporarily take custody a dog or cat that is in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that may result in injury or death.

PA 100-787 - Amends the Animal Control Act to allow counties to retain the $10 licensing differential and public safety fees for their own animal population control fund.

PA 100-870 - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to set forth additional statistical information licensed agencies must collect on the animals handled each year.

PA 100-971 - Amends the Animal Control Act to define "Reckless Dog Owner" and provide penalties for designation as one.

How to Enter a Witness Slip

  1. Go to www.ilga.gov.
  2. Enter your bill number to determine which committee it has been assigned.
  3. Go back to Home page and click on GA Dashboard and follow these steps.file_witness_slip


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