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HCI Legislative News & Resources


HCI members are represented by a committee of board members.  The committee meets once a month via teleconference.  We communicate with our representatives, draft new legislation, and work to get pending legislation approved.  

 Paula Briney   Chatham   
 Bona Heinsohn  Cook County  
 Sheree King  Makanda 
 David Nobbe   Carpentersville
 Jenne Rosegay   Crystal Lake   
 Tony Troyer   Earlville

HCI Member Participation

How can you help?   Contact the HCI office if you'd like to join the committee.   We are hard at work introducing and advocating for bills helpful to horse owners statewide, irrespective of their riding disciplines, so watch this space for details.   We've also opened up a Forum on this website so that you can tell us what new state legislation HCI should sponsor, or what existing state legislation HCI should support.  Just click the Membership Tab, then the Members Only sub-tab to find the Open Discussion Forum.  We're waiting to hear from you!

*  4/21/21:
HCI to participate in Illinois Ag Legislative Day Springfield, Illinois

*   Monthly:
committee teleconference
second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm

Priorities in Illinois Legislation

 Bill #  Link to Text & Status  What will the legislation do?  Why is it important to horsemen?

HB 4507

HCI initiated


March 5th
 Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that the fifth day of March
of each year shall be designated as the Day of the Horse, to be observed throughout
the State

Will encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois, and to recognize the benefits of the equine industry to the economy, agriculture, tourism, and quality of life in Illinois.

HB 5015

4/27/18 sent to
Rules Committee
 Amends the DNR Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends provisions concerning
 the Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Park & Adopt-A-Trail programs. Provides that a volunteer may bring his or her own light equipment, including, but not limited to, a lawn mower, chainsaw, or other appropriate equipment to carry out functions granted by the Department at his or her own risk, so long as it does not interfere with work historically performed by Department employees.
 helps with keeping trail ways open & up keep and repairs in a more timely manner.

HB 4191

Immunity Dog & Cat
Locked Car

3rd Reading in Senate
 Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that a person is immune from criminal liability for criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to vehicles resulting from his or her forcible entry into a vehicle and from civil liability for property damage if the person
 Amendments now to include the wording specific
to dogs & cats. (Not horses or livestock in trailers)

 SB 1529

HCI initiated

Farm Nuisance- Horses & Livestock

Signed by Governor 8/25/17

Act 100-0447
 clarifies that horsekeeping is included in the types of uses of land protected by the Farm Nuisance Suit Act  helps prevent lawsuits based on nuisance
 HB 2725

HCI coordinated

Highway Code Recreational Trail Funds

Signed by Governor 8/18/17

Act 100-0127

states that Federal grant money for recreational trails would be kept separate from the general road fund two horse trail projects in the state were granted federal funds, but the money is currently being held up by the budget stalemate.   this bill should fix the problem
 SB 0052

HCI initiated

HCI Decal for Specialty License Plates

Signed by Governor 8/11/17

Act 100-0078

allows HCI to sell a decal to attach to the new Illinois universal (specialty) license plates  equestrians can show their support for HCI, and a portion of the revenues for the decals will go to HCI 

 HB 3455

HCI coordinated

Adopt A Trail

Signed by Governor 8/18/17

Act 100-0180

 allows horsemen to build, maintain and repair our horse trails on state owned property  makes it possible for us to legally volunteer as trail stewards, preventing trail closures and cessation of trail building in the face of budgetary constraints

SJR 0012


Recreational Bridle Trail Task Force

Adopted 6/29/17

Resolution 106-000-000

calls for creation of a task force to prepare a report studying feasibility of adding bridle trail access on public lands helps take steps to having more public horse trails

Federal Legislation

 Bill #  Link to Text & Status  What will the legislation do?  Why is it important to horsemen?
H.R. 845/S. 1110  National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act  allows volunteers to partner with government to maintain and improve trails on Federal lands
UPDATE:  the bill became law (114-245) on 11/28/16
allows us to volunteer to maintain trails to avoid closure for lack of funding, or create new trails



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