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Morrison bill to protect police dogs becomes law

policedog 080618SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) passed a new law to provide greater safety protections to police dogs.

House Bill 1671, signed by the governor last week, creates the Police Service Dog Protection Act. It requires a vehicle transporting a police dog to be equipped with a heat sensor that remotely alerts law enforcement if the vehicle reaches 85 degrees. Vehicles will also be equipped with a safety mechanism to lower the temperature.

“Police dogs are extraordinary animals that play an integral role in law enforcement,” Morrison said. “It’s important for us to have a law that offers necessary protections in the treatment and transportation of our police K-9s.”

The new law also requires police dogs to receive an annual medical examination and rabies vaccinations.

House Bill 1671 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Committee of the Whole; Commerce and Economic Development; Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representative(s): Elaine Nekritz, Scott Drury