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Full Text of HB3588  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning retired police dogs.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Care
5for Retired Police Dogs Program Act.
6    Section 5. General Assembly findings. The General Assembly
7finds that:
8        (1) Police dogs are an integral part of many law
9    enforcement and correctional efforts statewide, including
10    the apprehension of suspects through tracking and
11    searching, evidence location, drug and bomb detection, and
12    search and rescue operations.
13        (2) Law enforcement and correctional agencies agree
14    that the use of police dogs is an extremely cost-effective
15    means of crime control and that police dogs possess skills
16    and abilities that frequently exceed those of existing
17    technology.
18        (3) The service of police dogs is often dangerous and
19    can expose them to injury at a rate higher than that of
20    non-service dogs.
21        (4) Police dogs provide significant contributions to
22    the residents of this State.



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1    Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:
2    "Correctional agency" means a lawfully established State
3or local public agency having primary responsibility for the
4supervision, protection, care, custody, control, or
5investigation of inmates at a correctional institution.
6    "Law enforcement agency" means a lawfully established
7State or local public agency having primary responsibility for
8the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of
9penal, traffic, highway, regulatory, game, immigration,
10postal, customs, or controlled substance laws.
11    "Retired police dog" means a dog that was previously in
12the service of or employed by a law enforcement agency or a
13correctional agency in this State for the principal purpose of
14aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of
15laws, or apprehension of offenders and that received
16certification in obedience and apprehension work from a
17certifying organization, such as the National Police Canine
18Association, Inc., or other certifying organization.
19    "Veterinarian" has the same meaning as in Section 3 of the
20Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004.
21    "Veterinary care" means the practice, by a veterinarian,
22of veterinary medicine as defined in Section 3 of the
23Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004. The term
24includes annual wellness examinations, vaccinations, internal
25and external parasite prevention treatments, testing and
26treatment of illnesses and diseases, medications, emergency



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1care and surgeries, veterinary oncology or other specialty
2care, euthanasia, and cremation.
3    Section 15. Establishment of program. The Care for Retired
4Police Dogs Program is created within the University of
5Illinois to provide a stable funding source for the veterinary
6care for retired police dogs.
7    Section 20. Administration. The Board of Trustees of the
8University of Illinois shall contract with a not-for-profit
9corporation organized under Article 2 of the General Not For
10Profit Corporation Act of 1986 to administer and manage the
11Care for Retired Police Dogs Program. The Board of Trustees of
12the University of Illinois shall select the not-for-profit
13corporation through a competitive grant award process. The
14not-for-profit corporation must meet all of the following
16        (1) Be dedicated to the protection or care of retired
17    police dogs.
18        (2) Be exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of
19    the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in
20    Section 501(c)(3) of that Code.
21        (3) Have maintained such tax-exempt status for at
22    least 5 years.
23        (4) Agree to be subject to review and audit at the
24    discretion of the Auditor General in order to ensure



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1    accurate accounting and disbursement of State funds.
2        (5) Demonstrate the ability to effectively and
3    efficiently disseminate information and to assist former
4    handlers and adopters of retired police dogs in complying
5    with this Act.
6    Section 25. Funding.
7    (a) From appropriations made by the General Assembly from
8the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund to the University of
9Illinois for implementation of this Act, the Board of Trustees
10of the University of Illinois shall make grants to the
11not-for-profit corporation contracted by the Board of Trustees
12of the University of Illinois under Section 20 to be the
13disbursing authority for the Care for Retired Police Dogs
14Program. These funds must be disbursed to the former handler
15or the adopter of a retired police dog that served for 5 years
16or more as a police dog upon receipt of:
17        (1) valid documentation from the law enforcement
18    agency or correctional agency from which the dog retired
19    which verifies that the dog was in the service of or
20    employed by that agency; and
21            (A) that the dog served 5 years or more with that
22        agency;
23            (B) documentation showing that the dog served a
24        total of 5 years or more with 2 or more law enforcement
25        agencies or correctional agencies; or



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1            (C) that, notwithstanding the length of service
2        requirements elsewhere in this paragraph, the dog
3        served 3 years or more with one or more law enforcement
4        agencies or correctional agencies, was injured in the
5        line of duty while serving with a law enforcement
6        agency or correctional agency, and retired from the
7        agency the dog was serving with at the time of the
8        injury due to such injury; and
9        (2) a valid invoice from a veterinarian for veterinary
10    care provided in this State to a retired police dog and
11    documentation establishing payment of the invoice by the
12    former handler or the adopter of the retired police dog.
13    (b) Annual disbursements to a former handler or an adopter
14to reimburse him or her for the cost of the retired police
15dog's veterinary care may not exceed $1,500 per dog. A former
16handler or an adopter of a retired police dog may not
17accumulate unused funds from a current year for use in a future
19    (c) A former handler or an adopter of a retired police dog
20who seeks reimbursement for veterinary care may not receive
21reimbursement if funds appropriated for the Care for Retired
22Police Dogs Program are depleted in the year for which the
23reimbursement is sought.
24    Section 30. Administrative expenses. The University of
25Illinois shall pay to the not-for-profit corporation, and the



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1not-for-profit corporation may use, up to 10% of appropriated
2funds for its administrative expenses, including salaries and
4    Section 35. Rules. The University of Illinois shall adopt
5rules to implement this Act.
6    Section 90. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
7changing Section 3-699.8 as follows:
8    (625 ILCS 5/3-699.8)
9    Sec. 3-699.8. Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Plates.
10    (a) The Secretary, upon receipt of all applicable fees and
11applications made in the form prescribed by the Secretary, may
12issue special registration plates designated as Illinois
13Police K-9 Memorial license plates. The special plates issued
14under this Section shall be affixed only to passenger vehicles
15of the first division or motor vehicles of the second division
16weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates issued under this
17Section shall expire according to the multi-year procedure
18established by Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
19    (b) The design and color of the plates is wholly within the
20discretion of the Secretary. The Secretary may allow the
21plates to be issued as vanity plates or personalized under
22Section 3-405.1 of the Code. Appropriate documentation, as
23determined by the Secretary, shall accompany each application.



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1The Secretary shall prescribe stickers or decals as provided
2under Section 3-412 of this Code.
3    (c) An applicant shall be charged a $40 fee for original
4issuance in addition to the applicable registration fee. Of
5this additional fee, $15 shall be deposited into the Secretary
6of State Special License Plate Fund and $25 shall be deposited
7into the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund. For each
8registration renewal period, a $27 fee, in addition to the
9appropriate registration fee, shall be charged. Of this
10additional fee, $2 shall be deposited into the Secretary of
11State Special License Plate Fund and $25 shall be deposited
12into the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund.
13    (d) The Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund is created as a
14special fund in the State treasury. All moneys in the Illinois
15Police K-9 Memorial Fund shall be paid, subject to
16appropriation by the General Assembly and distribution by the
17Secretary, as grants to the Northern Illinois Police K-9
18Memorial for the creation, operation, and maintenance of a
19police K-9 memorial monument and for grants under the Care for
20Retired Police Dogs Program Act.
21(Source: P.A. 98-360, eff. 1-1-14; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)