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Governor Quinn Signs the Herptiles-Herps Act!

illinois capitolBREAKING NEWS!!!

Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 902, the Illinois Herptiles-Herps Act, into law.  Effective January 1, 2015, Illinois will have an historic law in effect and will be the only state in the US with a code section devoted exclusively to reptiles and amphibians.

SB 902 will lift the current ban on keeping of large constrictors and improves existing law with respect to the keeping of venomous snakes.  Most importantly, it removes reptiles completely from the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act.

Special thanks to Scott Ballard, Natural Heritage Biologist/Herpetologist, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, who drafted and edited this bill over many years and who sought and considered extensive feedback from the reptile community in Illinois.

Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Full Text of SB 902.


7 thoughts on “Governor Quinn Signs the Herptiles-Herps Act!”

  1. THANK YOU Governor Quinn and Scott Ballard for taking the time to do it right. Hopefully other states will follow.

    1. Bob,
      It happened because a small group of people worked hard to make it happen. Some in the herp community didn’t want to see this go through. Fortunately these folks don’t have as much power as they think they do.

  2. I want to personally thank you for being one among few at this point in time stepping up and making a decision in the right direction that benefits the people and their passions towards animals. Thank you for recognizing a loving member of a family does not have to have fur

  3. yes yes and yes!!!! I’m so happy to see this passed! Score 1 for reptile keepers. I hop this catches fire and goes across the nation.

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