Stuart’s pet law is waiting for Pritzker’s signature


SPRINGFIELD – Three bills sponsored by State Representative Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, were approved by the General Assembly.

The bills will ban the retail sale of pets, help end insurance company discrimination against dog breeds, encourage more pets in public housing, and increase sterilization opportunities for shelter dogs and cats in the state. House Bill 1744 and Senate Bills 154, 1672 and 1673 are all awaiting the signature of Governor JB Pritzker.

SB 154, 1672 and 1673 – sponsored by Stuart and Deputy Majority Leader Linda Holmes and D-Aurora, Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, were spearheaded by the Best Friends Animal Society with support from other organizations.

SB 154 would require that housing providers receiving funding from the Affordable Housing Act Trust Fund from January 1, 2022, allow tenants in 500-square-foot or larger units to have at least two cats or one dog weighing less than 50 to have pounds. Suppliers are not allowed to ban dogs based on their breed or weight.

SB 1672 would require insurance companies to report data on all dog-related claims to end racial discrimination.

SB 1673 changes the words “neutering” and “neutering” to “sterilizing” in order to enable animal shelter veterinarians to perform non-surgical sterilization of animal shelter dogs and cats in addition to spaying or neutering.

Additionally, HB 1711 would prohibit pet stores in Illinois from selling cats and dogs, but would allow stores to host adoption events with animal shelters and rescue groups. This legislation would make Illinois the fifth state to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.

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