senate Bill S1457A

Relates to personal watercraft and certain safety provisions that require their use

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.521
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / May / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / May / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1457A
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A1410A

Summary

Allows personal watercraft to be used as an alternative to a surfboat.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1410A
Versions:
S1457
S1457A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Public Health
Laws Affected:
Amd §1341, Pub Health L; amd §2, Nav L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8086, A11232

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BILL NUMBER:S1457A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to personal watercraft and
certain safety provisions that require their use; and to amend the
navigation law, in relation to making technical corrections thereto

PURPOSE:
This legislation relates to personal watercraft and certain safety
provisions that require their use.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This legislation amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of Section 1341
of the Public Health Law to allow bathing establishments to keep and
maintain a personal watercraft vessel as defined in subdivision 30 of
Section 2 of the Navigation Law and in compliance with the
regulations of the Commissioner, to assist in the rescue of persons
in danger of drowning.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation is being introduced at the request of the Hampton
Lifeguard Association (HLA). One of the many programs the HLA has
been sponsoring for over eight years is the Volunteer Ocean Rescue
Squad. This team consists of over 40 ocean-certified members who
respond and make ocean rescues at any unprotected beach, day or
night, all year long. Their goal is to have at least five rescue
swimmers at the rescue site with the necessary safety equipment in
less than five minutes.

Section 1341 of the Public Health Law relates to safety requirements
for bathing establishments along the seashore of the State of New
York. It requires persons maintaining any such bathing establishment
to keep and provide a surfboat measuring at least sixteen feet long
for the facilitation of the rescue of persons in danger of drowning.
In an effort to enhance response time and rescue operations, this
measure makes these provisions for personal watercrafts as well.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2010 S.8085

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1457--A
    Cal. No. 521

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- reported favora-
  bly from said committee, ordered to first and second  report,  ordered
  to  a  third  reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly,
  recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third  reading,  amended  and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend the public health law, in relation to personal water-
  craft and certain safety provisions that require  their  use;  and  to
  amend  the navigation law, in relation to making technical corrections
  thereto

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  2 of section 1341 of the
public health law is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Every person maintaining any such bathing establishment shall also
keep and provide in connection therewith, for the  facilitating  of  the
rescue of persons in danger of drowning, a surfboat OR A PERSONAL WATER-
CRAFT  AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THIRTY OF SECTION TWO OF THE NAVIGATION
LAW AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER. A  SURF-
BOAT  SHALL  BE  not  less than sixteen feet long, on each side of which
there shall be hanging ropes arranged so that persons in the  water  can
easily  catch hold of same, or be supported thereby. Such boats shall be
equipped with two or more sets of oars and  life-lines  and  life-belts,
and  at  least one ring buoy or life preserver, with quarter-inch cotton
line, not less than five hundred feet  in  length,  with  suitable  reel
attached  thereto.  In  addition thereto, there shall be anchored on the
shore, a suitable reel with a half-inch cotton line not less  than  five
hundred  feet in length, with a life-belt attached thereto, kept in good
order and proper condition, so that it can  readily  be  used  by  those
assisting in saving life.
  S  2.  Subdivision  30 of section 2 of the navigation law, as added by
chapter 830 of the laws of 1990, is renumbered subdivision 30-a.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03872-02-1

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