senate Bill S4180A

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

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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 §6438, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S4180A

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 axe 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--A

                       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  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

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  ALL  COLLEGE  HOUSING.
EACH  COLLEGE SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION TO STUDENTS RESIDING IN
COLLEGE-OWNED HOUSING WITH REGARD TO WHETHER THE HOUSING IS  OR  IS  NOT
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.
                                                           LBD08455-04-3

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