senate Bill S536A
(D) 34th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides that the education department shall set guidelines relating to noise and work hours on school construction sites.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to the applicability of noise
ordinances on school construction work sites
This bill will provide guidelines for school construction that
recognize the rights of residents to have peace and quiet during
nighttime hours while ensuring that important construction that
benefits the school district is completed in a timely manner.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill adds a new §408-C to the education law related to school
Section one requires that the State Department of Education issue
guidelines for noise levels and hours of work for public and private
school construction. It requires that those guidelines specify work
hours as being between 7am and 7pm, and that recommended noise levels
be consistent with mandates issued by the state Department of
Education for construction done during school hours.
Section two specifies the Department make known the process for filing
complaints about noise levels in excess of or work hours outside of
those recommended in the guidelines.
Section three exempts the State Department from routine enforcement of
the guidelines, but commits the agency to working to resolve disputes
raised through its complaint process.
The amendment to this bill simply replaces the word "regulation" with
the word "guidelines".
School construction is important to ensure students in our
communities across the state learn in a safe and hospitable
environment that maximizes student learning. However, school
construction should be completed in a manner that recognizes
residents' inherent right to the quiet enjoyment of their property
during late evening and nighttime hours.
Because school construction projects are exempted from local laws and
ordinances, it is reasonable to require the State Department of
Education to issue guidelines regarding noise levels and work hours.
2010 - S.1847 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION
2008 - S.8771 - REFERRED TO RULES
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