senate Bill S1015A

Amended

Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps; repealer

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 22 / Mar / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 22 / Mar / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1015A
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1015B
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1015C
  • 19 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 19 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1015D
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 23 / Apr / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 23 / Apr / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1015E

Summary

Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1015
S1015A
S1015B
S1015C
S1015D
S1015E
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1392, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

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BILL NUMBER:S1015A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
single-purpose day camps

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To amend the definition of "summer day camp" to include camps
dedicated to a single activity that meets the criteria of a
non-passive recreational activity with significant risk of injury.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision two of section 1392 of the public
health law to clarify that the definition of "summer day camp"
includes camps which engage in any indoor or outdoor organized group
activities involving one or more non-passive recreational activities
with significant risk of injury. Section one also provides that the
commissioner is not permitted to grant an exception from the public
health law and sanitary code requirements to a summer day camp which
is dedicated to a single activity if that activity meets the criteria
of a non-passive recreational activity with significant risk of
injury.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect on the first of
April next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
As currently written, the definition of "summer day camp" does not
include camps dedicated to a single activity, such as a football camp.
Instead, the law states that a summer day camp must involve
"non-passive recreational activities with significant risk of injury,"
which has been interpreted as requiring at least two such activities.
As a result, camps which are dedicated to only one non-passive
recreational activity with significant risk of injury are completely
unregulated. These single-purpose camps are subject to neither the
health and safety requirements in Article 13-B of the public health
law, nor to the regulations governing summer day camps in the sanitary
code.

There are many single-purpose camps in which children engage in
activities with a substantial risk of serious injury. For example, the
New York Times recently published an article about the increasing
popularity of carpentry and woodworking camps entitled "Kindergarten
Shop Class."(1) In these camps, children use power tools, including
saws to create their projects. A more common example of a
single-purpose summer day camp is a football or hockey camp, which
poses a significant risk of injury due to the contact nature of the
sport.

This legislation will close the loophole in the current law to ensure
that children attending all summer day camps are protected.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S4615-A - Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the
date on which it shall become law.

FOOTNOTE:
(1) Scelfo, Julie. "Kingergarten Shop Class."March 30, 2012.

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

                                 1015--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to single-purpose day
  camps

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 1392 of the public health law,  as
amended  by  chapter  439  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. "Summer day camp" shall mean a property consisting of  a  tract  of
land  and any tents, vehicles, buildings or other structures that may be
pertinent to its use, any part of which may be occupied on  a  scheduled
basis at any time between June first and September fifteenth in any year
by  children  under  sixteen years of age under general supervision, for
the purpose of ANY indoor or outdoor organized group activities, involv-
ing ONE OR MORE nonpassive recreational activities with significant risk
of injury, as such activities are defined by the department in rules and
regulations, for a period of less than twenty-four hours on any day  the
property  is  so occupied, and on which no provisions are made for over-
night occupancy by such children. The commissioner shall have the  power
to  except  by  rule  from  this  article and the sanitary code a place,
facility or activity that is not within the intent of  this  definition,
PROVIDED  THAT NO EXCEPTION MAY BE GRANTED TO A SUMMER DAY CAMP WHICH IS
DEDICATED TO A SINGLE ACTIVITY IF THAT ACTIVITY MEETS THE CRITERIA OF  A
NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK OF INJURY.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04908-03-3

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