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.
Illinois Senate Bill 902 (the Herptiles-Herps Act) took another step forward to becoming law today when the Senate voted to concur with House Amendment 1 by a vote of 51-1 . The enrolled bill now goes to Governor Quinn.
SB 902 would remove all reptiles and amphibians from the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act and implement a new code section exclusively for them. It will lift the current ban on constrictors over 15′ and will ease restrictions on certain venomous animals.
Herp Alliance’s Committee Testimony in favor of SB 902 can be viewed here:
Congratulations, Illinois, on moving another step forward toward passing an historic law!
Please contact Governor Pat Quinn to voice your support:
217.782.0244 or 312.814.2121
Herp Alliance and USARK are united in their support of IL SB 902, together with the the vast majority of the Illinois herp community. Please make your voices heard now to help support Illinois’ pro-herp bill!