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 Bill Status of SB1639  98th General Assembly


Short Description:  ANIMAL WELFARE-PUPPY LEMON LAW

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Dan Kotowski - Pamela J. Althoff - Patricia Van Pelt - Jacqueline Y. Collins - Julie A. Morrison, John G. Mulroe, William Delgado and Iris Y. Martinez

House Sponsors
(Rep. Michael J. Zalewski - Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Sara Feigenholtz, Sam Yingling and Maria Antonia Berrios)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  8/19/2013SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 98-0509

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
225 ILCS 605/2from Ch. 8, par. 302
225 ILCS 605/3.15


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Animal Welfare Act. Provides that certain disclosure requirements apply to the sale or exchange of each dog and cat within the State (rather than the sale of dogs and cats by pet shop operators). Provides that, if there is an outbreak of distemper, parvovirus, or any other contagious and potentially life-threatening disease affecting more than 2 dogs at a seller's pet shop or kennel within a 60-day period, then the seller shall provide each customer that purchases a dog a written notice stating the nature of the outbreak, and shall notify the State Veterinarian of the outbreak within 2 business days after becoming aware that a third animal has contracted the disease. Provides that a customer who purchased a dog from a seller is entitled to a remedy if certain conditions relating to a disease, illness, condition, or death of the dog are met. Sets forth conditions that a customer shall meet to obtain a remedy from a seller and a timeframe in which the seller shall provide a reimbursement to the customer. Provides that a customer may not be entitled to a remedy if the customer fails to meet certain requirements. Provides that a seller may contest a remedy sought by a customer. Provides that if a customer and seller do not reach an agreement within 10 business days, then the parties may agree to binding arbitration or the customer may bring suit in a court of competent jurisdiction. Changes certain references from "pet shop operator" to "seller".

Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Deletes reference to:
225 ILCS 605/2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Animal Welfare Act. Provides that if there is an outbreak of distemper, parvovirus, or any other contagious and potentially life-threatening disease, the pet shop operator shall notify the Illinois Department of Agriculture immediately upon becoming aware of the disease. Provides certain remedies to a customer who purchased a dog or cat that possesses or has died from certain diseases, illnesses, or congenital or hereditary conditions that adversely affect the health of the dog or cat. Provides requirements for the granting of those remedies. Provides a procedure for a pet shop to contest the remedy.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that, prior to the time of sale, every pet shop operator must, to the best of his or her knowledge, provide to the consumer a copy of the pet shop's policy regarding warranties, refunds, or returns and an explanation of the remedy provided for customers that have purchased animals with congenital or hereditary disorders. Provides that customers who purchased a dog or cat from a pet shop is entitled to a remedy if, within 21 days after the date of sale, a licensed veterinarian states in writing that at the time of sale (A) the dog or cat was unfit for purchase due to illness or disease, the presence of symptoms of a contagious or infectious disease, or obvious signs of severe parasitism that are extreme enough to influence the general health of the animal, excluding fleas or ticks. Provides that when a customer is entitled to a remedy under the Act, the customer may retain the animal and be reimbursed for reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treatment of the animal, not to exceed the purchase price of the animal (previously, not to exceed 2 times the purchase price of the animal). Provides that a customer has a right to return a dog or cat for congenital or hereditary disorders under specified conditions. Provides that, if a pet shop offers its own warranty, a customer may choose to waive the remedy provided in the Act and elect instead the protection from the pet shop's warranty. Provides that if a customer waives the remedy provided by the Act, then the customer's sole remedy is that provided by the pet shop's warranty.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
Removes a provision providing a customer the right to return a dog or cat for congenital or hereditary disorders if, within 48 hours, a veterinarian certifies that the dog or cat is unfit.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/13/2013SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Dan Kotowski
  2/13/2013SenateFirst Reading
  2/13/2013SenateReferred to Assignments
  2/27/2013SenateAssigned to Labor and Commerce
  3/6/2013SenatePostponed - Labor and Commerce
  3/7/2013SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Pamela J. Althoff
  3/7/2013SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Patricia Van Pelt
  3/12/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Dan Kotowski
  3/12/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  3/13/2013SenatePostponed - Labor and Commerce
  3/19/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Labor and Commerce
  3/20/2013SenatePostponed - Labor and Commerce
  3/22/2013SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As April 19, 2013
  4/3/2013SenateRe-referred to Assignments
  4/3/2013SenateRe-assigned to Executive
  4/3/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Re-referred to Assignments
  4/3/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Re-assigned to Executive
  4/11/2013SenatePostponed - Executive
  4/15/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Dan Kotowski
  4/15/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Referred to Assignments
  4/17/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Executive
  4/17/2013SenatePostponed - Executive
  4/17/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Postponed - Executive
  4/17/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Postponed - Executive
  4/18/2013SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
  4/19/2013SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 10, 2013
  4/19/2013SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. John G. Mulroe
  4/23/2013SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Julie A. Morrison
  4/23/2013SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. William Delgado
  4/24/2013SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
  4/24/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  4/25/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Postponed - Executive
  4/25/2013SenateDo Pass as Amended Executive; 008-005-001
  4/25/2013SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 30, 2013
  4/29/2013SenateRule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 3, 2013
  4/30/2013SenateSecond Reading
  4/30/2013SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 1, 2013
  5/1/2013SenateThird Reading - Passed; 031-018-006
  5/1/2013SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 5-4(a)
  5/2/2013HouseArrived in House
  5/2/2013HouseChief House Sponsor Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
  5/2/2013HouseFirst Reading
  5/2/2013HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  5/2/2013HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
  5/8/2013HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Sam Yingling
  5/14/2013HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 24, 2013
  5/14/2013HouseAssigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  5/16/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
  5/16/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  5/16/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  5/20/2013HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  5/20/2013HouseAlternate Chief Co-Sponsor Changed to Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  5/20/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Agriculture & Conservation Committee; by Voice Vote
  5/20/2013HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 011-005-000
  5/21/2013HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  5/22/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
  5/22/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  5/23/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-001-000
  5/23/2013HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  5/23/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  5/23/2013HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  5/24/2013HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
  5/24/2013HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 31, 2013
  5/27/2013HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 067-049-000
  5/27/2013SenateSecretary's Desk - Concurrence House Amendment(s) 1, 2
  5/27/2013SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s) 1, 2 - May 28, 2013
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Filed with Secretary Sen. Dan Kotowski
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Assignments
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Filed with Secretary Sen. Dan Kotowski
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Referred to Assignments
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Assignments Referred to Executive
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Assignments Referred to Executive
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Motion To Concur Recommended Do Adopt Executive; 012-003-000
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion To Concur Recommended Do Adopt Executive; 012-003-000
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Senate Concurs 044-013-001
  5/28/2013SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Senate Concurs 044-013-001
  5/28/2013SenatePassed Both Houses
  6/26/2013SenateSent to the Governor
  8/19/2013SenateGovernor Approved
  8/19/2013SenateEffective Date January 1, 2014
  8/19/2013SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 98-0509

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