Edit 2/10/11: This bill has moved to the Agriculture & Conservation Committee. Please send correspondence in opposition to the following committee members.
Lisa M. Dugan, (217) 782-5981, FAX (217) 558-4553
Patrick J. Verschoore, (217) 782-5970, FAX (217) 558-1253
Jim Sacia, JimSacia@aeroinc.net
Kelly Burke, (217) 782-0515, FAX (217) 789-4899
Mary E. Flowers, email@example.com
Brandon W. Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Reitz, email@example.com
Illinois state law currently prohibits municipalities from passing breed-specific laws. HB 1080 would undo this prohibition and permit any municipality to declare dogs dangerous based on breed.
HB 1080 was referred to the House Rules Committee on February 3, 2011 and moved to the Agriculture & Conservation Committee on February 8, 2011.
Illinois residents, please contact the bill sponsor, each member of the House
Rules Agriculture and Conservation Committee, and your respective House Representative to OPPOSE this bill.
Find your Representative here (by address, district or zip code): http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByZip.aspx
Representative John Bradley
Springfield Office: 269-S Stratton Office Building, Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0882 FAX
House Rules Committee
Chairperson : Barbara Flynn Currie
Timothy L. Schmitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Lang, email@example.com
David R. Leitch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank J. Mautino, email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Representative Barbara Flynn Currie
Springfield Office: 300 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-1794 FAX
The bill may be read and tracked here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1080&GAID=11&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=56892&SessionID=84&GA=97
The relevant text of the bill is as follows:
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012 HB1080Introduced 2/3/2011, by Rep. John E. Bradley
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
510 ILCS 5/15 from Ch. 8, par. 365
510 ILCS 5/24 from Ch. 8, par. 374
Amends the Animal Control Act. Removes the ban on classifying vicious dogs based on breed. Effective immediately.
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(510 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 8, par. 365)
No dog shall be deemed “vicious” if it is a professionally trained dog for law enforcement or guard duties.
Vicious dogs shall not be classified in a manner that is specific as to breed.
(510 ILCS 5/24) (from Ch. 8, par. 374)
Sec. 24. Nothing in this Act shall be held to limit in any manner the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to prohibit animals from running at large, nor shall anything in this Act be construed to, in any manner, limit the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to further control and regulate dogs, cats or other animals in such municipality or other political subdivision
provided that no regulation or ordinance is specific to breed. (Source: P.A. 93-548, eff. 8-19-03.)
Thanks to Jodi for the heads up!