senate Bill S554

Authorizes persons under the age of fourteen to participate in special events involving snowmobiles

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 01 / Feb / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.47
  • 07 / Feb / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 08 / Feb / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 28 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.86
  • 23 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 24 / Jan / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

Summary

Authorizes persons under the age of fourteen to participate in special events involving snowmobiles.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5487
Versions:
S554
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง25.19, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7430, A10015

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BILL NUMBER:S554

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation
to authorizing persons under the age of fourteen to participate in
special events involving snowmobiles

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would amend the Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation (PRHP) by allowing a person who
is less than fourteen years of age to operate a snowmobile as a
participant in a special event (as defined in Section 21.05 of PRHP
Law) provided that: the special event is held in accordance with any
relevant statutes, rules and regulations; the PRHP Commissioner
authorized the event; he/she obtains written consent of his or her
parent or legal guardian; and the PRHP Commissioner adopts rules and
regulations relating to such participants. The PRHP Commissioner must
review and consider those rules and regulations published by internal
organizations that promote such events, including but not limited to,
the International Series of Champions and the International
Snowmobile Racing Association.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This act would permit youngsters who
are less than 14 years of age to participate in special events for
snowmobiles.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill is to bring New York's Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation law up to date with current practices for
persons who are under 14 years of age to participate in special
events for snowmobiles (known as snocross). The two international
organizations that create the rules for snocross permit youngsters as
young as four to participate in the programs.
Eligibility requirements for special events would have rules
established by the OPRHP Commissioner and would be conducted in
accordance with those rules and permit requirements.
The international groups operate programs to teach youngsters what is
involved in a weekend of racing, sportsmanship, and proper snowmobile
operations and safety. The program eligibility would be similar to
those already in practice for motocross, including age requirements.

By changing the age eligibility, snocross would have similar age
requirements as motocross, ATVs and motorcycles. The governing body
for each sport has determined the age requirements for participation
to ensure learning and training, and appropriate appreciation for the
sport. A snocross event can generate in excess of $150,000 for the
area that hosts the event.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.7430 Finance; A.10015 Tourism, Arts and Sports Development

IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Provides economic opportunities for the communities where
events are held.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   554

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Cultural
  Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law,  in
  relation  to  authorizing persons under the age of fourteen to partic-
  ipate in special events involving snowmobiles

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 25.19 of the parks, recreation and
historic  preservation  law  is amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to
read as follows:
  (D) A PERSON LESS THAN FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE MAY OPERATE A  SNOWMOBILE
AS  A  PARTICIPANT IN A SPECIAL EVENT, DEFINED BY SUBDIVISION SIXTEEN OF
SECTION 21.05 OF THIS TITLE, PROVIDED THAT:
  (1) THE SPECIAL EVENT IS HELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH  ANY  RELEVANT  STAT-
UTES, RULES, OR REGULATIONS;
  (2)  THE  SPECIAL EVENT IS AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMISSIONER, AS PROVIDED
FOR IN SECTION 25.11 OF THIS ARTICLE;
  (3) SUCH PERSON OBTAINS THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF HIS OR  HER  PARENT  OR
LEGAL GUARDIAN; AND
  (4)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO
SUCH PARTICIPANTS AND IN DOING SO SHALL REVIEW AND CONSIDER FOR ADOPTION
THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN  PUBLISHED  BY  THE  INTERNA-
TIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROMOTE SUCH EVENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED
TO,  THE INTERNATIONAL SERIES OF CHAMPIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SNOWMO-
BILE RACING ASSOCIATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02055-01-1

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