senate Bill S1364

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

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

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:
A175
Versions:
S1364
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง25.19, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S554, A5487
2009-2010: S7430, A10015

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BILL NUMBER:S1364

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:
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 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S. 7430 Finance; A. 10015 Tourism, Arts and Sports Development
2011-12 S. 554 Passed Senate; S. 5487 Tourism, Arts and Sports
Development


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Provides economic opportunities for the communities where events are
held.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1364

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE --
  read  twice  and  ordered printed, 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.
                                                           LBD01132-01-3

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