senate Bill S633A

Establishes a task force to improve theatrical safety

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 15 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 15 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 633A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

Summary

Establishes a task force to improve theatrical show safety.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S633
S633A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation
Law Section:
Arts and Cultural Affairs

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BILL NUMBER:S633A

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
in relation to establishing a task force to improve theatrical show
safety

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

§1 - Legislative intent.

§2 - Establishment of task force; mission statement.

§3 - Composition of task force

* Representative from Department of Labor
* Representative from Consumer Protection Board
* Representative from the Office of the Attorney General
* Representative from the Council on the Arts
o Each appointed by the head of the respective agency or office
* Appointment by the Senate President Pro Tem
* Appointment by Senate Minority Leader
* Appointment by the Speaker of the Assembly
* Appointment by the Assembly Minority Leader

§4 - Prerequisite for appointment by Senate and Assembly in theater
and/or stage production.
Reimbursement for expenses and appointment of vacancies.

§5 - Report of findings shall be issued within one year of effective
date of the act.

§6 - Effective Date

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
Due to the growing use of pyrotechnic, acrobatic, and other extreme
visual performance techniques there has been a growing concern for
the safety of theatrical shows. The concern for safety focuses on
both the actors performing stunts as well as the audience watching
them. Therefore, it is imperative that New York State create a task
force to examine ways to improve the safety of theatrical shows,
strengthen the protection for actors, and minimize the risk of
injury for the audience. This task force will produce a report
assessing current safety conditions, recommend best practices, and
suggest new legislation or regulation if required.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.


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

                                 633--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  in  relation to establishing a task force to improve theatrical
  show safety

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

  Section  1. Legislative intent. Due to the growing use of pyrotechnic,
acrobatic, and other extreme visual  performance  techniques  there  has
been  a  growing concern for safety at theatrical shows. The concern for
safety focuses on both the actors performing stunts as well as the audi-
ence watching them. Therefore, it is  imperative  that  New  York  state
create  a  task  force  to  examine ways to improve safety at theatrical
shows, strengthen the protection for actors, and minimize  the  risk  of
injury for the audience.
  S  2.  There  is hereby established a task force to improve theatrical
show safety. Such task force  shall  study  and  assess  current  safety
conditions,   standards   and  practices  used  during  theatrical  show
rehearsals and performances and develop practices, strategies and  poli-
cies to improve such safety.
  S 3. Such task force shall consist of the following members:
  a.  one  representative  from  the  department  of  labor who shall be
appointed by the commissioner of labor;
  b. one representative from the consumer protection board appointed  by
the executive director of such board;
  c.  one representative from the attorney general's office appointed by
the attorney general;
  d. on representative from the council on the  arts  appointed  by  the
chairperson of such council;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06292-02-1

S. 633--A                           2

  e.  one  representative  appointed  by  the temporary president of the
senate;
  f. one representative appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
  g. one representative appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and
  h.  one  representative appointed by the minority leader of the assem-
bly.
  S 4. The members of the task force appointed by the  temporary  presi-
dent  of  the  senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of
the assembly and the minority leader of the assembly shall have  experi-
ence  in acting, theater and/or stage production. Members shall serve at
the pleasure of the appointing authority. Such members of the task force
shall receive no compensation for their services,  but  shall  be  reim-
bursed for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the
performance  of their duties. Vacancies in office shall be filled in the
same manner as the original appointment.
  S 5. The task force shall report its findings and make recommendations
with supporting legislation to the governor and the  legislature  within
one year of the effective date of this act.
  S  6.  No part or provision of this act shall be construed to apply to
the following:
  1. television or cinematic productions filmed before an audience; or
  2. theatrical productions performed  by  students  of  an  educational
facility,  including but not limited to, kindergartens, primary schools,
secondary schools and special schools set forth in title 6 of the educa-
tion law.
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

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