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Full Text of HB3588  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Bradley Fritts

Filed: 3/21/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3588 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1    technology.
2        (3) The service of police dogs is often dangerous and
3    can expose them to injury at a rate higher than that of
4    non-service dogs.
5        (4) Police dogs provide significant contributions to
6    the residents of this State.
7    Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:
8    "Correctional agency" means a lawfully established State
9or local public agency having primary responsibility for the
10supervision, protection, care, custody, control, or
11investigation of inmates at a correctional institution.
12    "Law enforcement agency" means a lawfully established
13State or local public agency having primary responsibility for
14the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of
15penal, traffic, highway, regulatory, game, immigration,
16postal, customs, or controlled substance laws.
17    "Retired police dog" means a dog that was previously in
18the service of or employed by a law enforcement agency or a
19correctional agency in this State for the principal purpose of
20aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of
21laws, or apprehension of offenders and that received
22certification in obedience and apprehension work from a
23certifying organization, such as the National Police Canine
24Association, Inc., or other certifying organization.
25    "Veterinarian" has the same meaning as in Section 3 of the



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1Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004.
2    "Veterinary care" means the practice, by a veterinarian,
3of veterinary medicine as defined in Section 3 of the
4Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004. The term
5includes annual wellness examinations, vaccinations, internal
6and external parasite prevention treatments, testing and
7treatment of illnesses and diseases, medications, emergency
8care and surgeries, veterinary oncology or other specialty
9care, euthanasia, and cremation.
10    Section 15. Establishment of program. The Care for Retired
11Police Dogs Program is created within the University of
12Illinois to provide a stable funding source for the veterinary
13care for retired police dogs.
14    Section 20. Administration. The Board of Trustees of the
15University of Illinois shall contract with a not-for-profit
16corporation organized under Article 2 of the General Not For
17Profit Corporation Act of 1986 to administer and manage the
18Care for Retired Police Dogs Program. The Board of Trustees of
19the University of Illinois shall select the not-for-profit
20corporation through a competitive grant award process. The
21not-for-profit corporation must meet all of the following
23        (1) Be dedicated to the protection or care of retired
24    police dogs.



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1        (2) Be exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of
2    the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in
3    Section 501(c)(3) of that Code.
4        (3) Have maintained such tax-exempt status for at
5    least 5 years.
6        (4) Agree to be subject to review and audit at the
7    discretion of the Auditor General in order to ensure
8    accurate accounting and disbursement of State funds.
9        (5) Demonstrate the ability to effectively and
10    efficiently disseminate information and to assist former
11    handlers and adopters of retired police dogs in complying
12    with this Act.
13    Section 25. Funding.
14    (a) From appropriations made by the General Assembly from
15the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund to the University of
16Illinois for implementation of this Act, the Board of Trustees
17of the University of Illinois shall make grants to the
18not-for-profit corporation contracted by the Board of Trustees
19of the University of Illinois under Section 20 to be the
20disbursing authority for the Care for Retired Police Dogs
21Program. These funds must be disbursed to the former handler
22or the adopter of a retired police dog that served for 5 years
23or more as a police dog upon receipt of:
24        (1) valid documentation from the law enforcement
25    agency or correctional agency from which the dog retired



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1    which verifies that the dog was in the service of or
2    employed by that agency; and
3            (A) that the dog served 5 years or more with that
4        agency;
5            (B) documentation showing that the dog served a
6        total of 5 years or more with 2 or more law enforcement
7        agencies or correctional agencies; or
8            (C) that, notwithstanding the length of service
9        requirements elsewhere in this paragraph, the dog
10        served 3 years or more with one or more law enforcement
11        agencies or correctional agencies, was injured in the
12        line of duty while serving with a law enforcement
13        agency or correctional agency, and retired from the
14        agency the dog was serving with at the time of the
15        injury due to such injury; and
16        (2) a valid invoice from a veterinarian for veterinary
17    care provided in this State to a retired police dog and
18    documentation establishing payment of the invoice by the
19    former handler or the adopter of the retired police dog.
20    (b) Annual disbursements to a former handler or an adopter
21to reimburse him or her for the cost of the retired police
22dog's veterinary care may not exceed $1,500 per dog. A former
23handler or an adopter of a retired police dog may not
24accumulate unused funds from a current year for use in a future
26    (c) A former handler or an adopter of a retired police dog



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1who seeks reimbursement for veterinary care may not receive
2reimbursement if funds appropriated for the Care for Retired
3Police Dogs Program are depleted in the year for which the
4reimbursement is sought.
5    Section 30. Administrative expenses. The University of
6Illinois shall pay to the not-for-profit corporation, and the
7not-for-profit corporation may use, up to 10% of appropriated
8funds for its administrative expenses, including salaries and
10    Section 35. Rules. The University of Illinois shall adopt
11rules to implement this Act.
12    Section 90. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
13changing Section 3-699.8 as follows:
14    (625 ILCS 5/3-699.8)
15    Sec. 3-699.8. Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Plates.
16    (a) The Secretary, upon receipt of all applicable fees and
17applications made in the form prescribed by the Secretary, may
18issue special registration plates designated as Illinois
19Police K-9 Memorial license plates. The special plates issued
20under this Section shall be affixed only to passenger vehicles
21of the first division or motor vehicles of the second division
22weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates issued under this



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1Section shall expire according to the multi-year procedure
2established by Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
3    (b) The design and color of the plates is wholly within the
4discretion of the Secretary. The Secretary may allow the
5plates to be issued as vanity plates or personalized under
6Section 3-405.1 of the Code. Appropriate documentation, as
7determined by the Secretary, shall accompany each application.
8The Secretary shall prescribe stickers or decals as provided
9under Section 3-412 of this Code.
10    (c) An applicant shall be charged a $40 fee for original
11issuance in addition to the applicable registration fee. Of
12this additional fee, $15 shall be deposited into the Secretary
13of State Special License Plate Fund and $25 shall be deposited
14into the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund. For each
15registration renewal period, a $27 fee, in addition to the
16appropriate registration fee, shall be charged. Of this
17additional fee, $2 shall be deposited into the Secretary of
18State Special License Plate Fund and $25 shall be deposited
19into the Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund.
20    (d) The Illinois Police K-9 Memorial Fund is created as a
21special fund in the State treasury. All moneys in the Illinois
22Police K-9 Memorial Fund shall be paid, subject to
23appropriation by the General Assembly and distribution by the
24Secretary, as grants to the Northern Illinois Police K-9
25Memorial for the creation, operation, and maintenance of a
26police K-9 memorial monument and for grants under the Care for



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1Retired Police Dogs Program Act.
2(Source: P.A. 98-360, eff. 1-1-14; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)".