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February 22, 2019

Illinois House Bill 1645, which is scheduled for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 26 would make it a petty offense to knowingly make a false claim that a pet is a service animal in an attempt to gain admission to a public place or obtain a reasonable housing accommodation.

The AKC strongly condemns those who characterize dogs as service animals when they are not, or who attempt to benefit from a dog’s service dog status when the individual using the dog is not a person with a disability.

For more information, read UPDATED – Misuse of Service Dogs Hurts the Disabled and Responsible Dog Owners.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
The AKC encourages all concerned dog owners in Illinois to contact the members of the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee, listed below, and express support of this legislation.

Representative Justin Slaughter, Chairman
Phone: (217) 782-0010
Email: justin@repslaughter.com

Representative Kelly M. Cassidy, Vice Chairman
Phone: (217) 782-8088
Email:  repcassidy@gmail.com

Representative Terri Bryant, Republican Spokesperson
Phone: (217) 782-0387
Email: staterepterribryant@gmail.com

Representative Kambium Buckner
Phone: (217) 782-2023

Representative John M. Cabello
Phone: (217) 782-0455
Email:  Cabello@ilhousegop.org

Representative John Connor
Phone: (217) 782-4179
Email: repconnor@gmail.com

Representative Will Guzzardi
Phone: (217) 558-1032
Email: will@repguzzardi.com

Representative Michael Halpin
Phone: (217) 782-5970
Email: RepHalpin@gmail.com

Representative Jay Hoffman
Phone: (217) 782-0104
Email:  repjayhoffman@gmail.com

Representative Tony McCombie
Phone: (217) 782-3992
Email: McCombie@ilhousegop.org

Representative Margo McDermed
Phone: (217) 782-0424
Email: McDermed@ilhousegop.org

Representative Lindsay Parkhurst
Phone: (217) 782-5981

Representative Delia C. Ramirez
Phone: (217) 782-0150
Email: info@repdeliaramirez.com

Representative Anne Stava-Murray
Phone: (217) 782-6578

Representative Arthur Turner
Phone: (217) 782-8116
Email: arthurt@ilga.gov

Representative Maurice A. West II
Phone: (217) 782-3167
Email: Assistance@StateRepWest.com

Representative Blaine Wilhour
Phone: (217) 782-0066

Representative Patrick Windhorst
Phone: (217) 782-5131

Representative Michael J. Zalewski
Phone: (217) 782-5280
Email: info@repmikezalewski.org

For more information on HB 1645 or other Illinois legislation, contact the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners at schipnut58@yahoo.com or AKC’s Government Relations Department at doglaw@akc.org.

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