senate Bill S4180

Amended

Requires colleges to provide written notification to students whether college-owned housing is equipped with sprinkler systems

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 13 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4180A
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.419
  • 24 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 29 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 4180B
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A5715A

Summary

Requires colleges to provide written notification to students whether college-owned housing is equipped with sprinkler systems.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4180
S4180A
S4180B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6438, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4180

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring colleges to notify students whether dormitories are equipped
with sprinkler systems

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to require that every college or
university in the state of New York notify their students, in writing,
whether or, not their assigned college owned housing facility is
equipped with a fire sprinkler or fire suppression system.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The education law is to be amended by adding a
new section 6438.

JUSTIFICATION: Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, a student at Marist College,
died in a fire in her off-campus housing unit in January 2012 along
with two other students. The unit was not equipped with a fire
sprinkler system. Her family and friends started the Kerry Rose
Foundation in her memory to warn and educate all college students and
their families about the importance of knowing whether or not their
assigned college housing is equipped with a fire sprinkler or other
fire suppression system. Most students and parents believe that all
college owned on-campus or off-campus living spaces are fitted with
this lifesaving fire protection equipment. Studies have indicated that
as much as 50% of college owned housing is not properly equipped with
fire sprinkler systems. Another disturbing fact is that housing is
assigned by the colleges, so students do not have an opportunity to
choose or select housing that is equipped (or not) with sprinkler
systems. Clearly then, college students and families should be
informed of matters - like fire safety - that affect their personal
safety.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4180

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 13, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring colleges  to
  notify  students  whether  dormitories  are  equipped  with  sprinkler
  systems

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

  Section  1.  The education law is amended by adding a new section 6438
to read as follows:
  S 6438. NOTIFICATION  OF  SPRINKLER  SYSTEMS  IN  DORMITORIES.    EACH
COLLEGE  SHALL  NOTIFY  EACH  INCOMING STUDENT WHO WILL BE RESIDING IN A
DORMITORY UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE COLLEGE WHETHER THE DORMITORY IS
EQUIPPED WITH A SPRINKLER SYSTEM. FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,
"SPRINKLER SYSTEM" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED
FIFTY-FIVE-A OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08455-01-3

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