senate Bill S5489A

Signed by Governor

Requires a study concerning the cost of installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors in schools

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 5489A
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1455
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7433A
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.358
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Dec / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 18 / Dec / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.543

Summary

Requires a study by SED concerning the cost of installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors in schools across the state; possible funding options.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7433A
Versions:
S5489
S5489A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education

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BILL NUMBER:S5489A

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the state education department to
conduct a study concerning the cost of installing hard-wired carbon
monoxide detectors in each instructional school facility in public
school districts and boards of cooperative educational services

PURPOSE: To protect the health and safety of elementary and secondary
school students by requiring a study on the cost of installation of
carbon monoxide detectors in all public school buildings used for k-12
instruction in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Requires the State Education Department to conduct a study on
the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in every public elementary
and secondary school in New York State no later than July 31 of 2014.

The manufacturing, design and installation standards for this section
shall be what have been established by the State Fire Prevention and
Building Code Council.

EXISTING LAW: Since 2010, one and two-family homes, and apartments in
multiple dwellings such as condominiums are required to be equipped with
carbon monoxide detectors, school buildings are not currently subject to
any such requirement.

JUSTIFICATION: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas which
can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness, if it is allowed to build up
in enclosed spaces, it can be deadly. Carbon monoxide detectors repre-
sent an inexpensive and effective way to protect against carbon monoxide
poisoning, especially in all children, who unlike adults, have higher
respiratory rates until they reach adulthood.

Currently, school buildings first occupied on or after January 31, 2007
have to be so equipped with CO detectors when they opened. However, New
York State has over 4,200 public school buildings constructed prior to
2007. These schools house over 3 million school-age children daily
during every academic school year. All these schools operate on fossil
fuels which produce CO as a byproduct of combustion.

Every year, some 500 Americans die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
and over 15,000 have to be treated for CO poisoning. More needs to be
done to protect children from such exposure while in school.

As with smoke detectors/fire alarms many years ago, carbon monoxide
detectors have earned the respect of the fire service as a valuable tool
in the saving of lives. Everyone recognizes that carbon monoxide kills
if not responded to immediately. The most serious quality of CO is that,
unlike smoke, it is virtually undetectable, even when someone is awake
and alert.

The Legislature recently recognized the value of these devices by
requiring their installation in one and two-family homes and apartments
in multiple dwellings. However, carbon monoxide detectors are not
currently required in school buildings. This bill calls on the State
Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to establish criteria for
carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in every elementary and
secondary school building in New York State where heating equipment or
other factors pose a substantial risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.

The study and required recommendations from SED on the installation of
CO detectors will help to ensure that the buildings our students attend
are made safer without imposing any burdensome costs on school
districts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5489--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN  ACT  directing  the  state  education  department to conduct a study
  concerning the cost of installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors
  in each instructional school facility in public school  districts  and
  boards of cooperative educational services

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

  Section 1. The state education department shall  conduct  a  study  to
examine,  evaluate  and  make  recommendations  concerning  the  cost of
installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors  in  each  instructional
school  facility  in  public  school districts and boards of cooperative
educational services within the state. Such  carbon  monoxide  detectors
shall  meet  the  manufacture,  design and installation standards estab-
lished by the New York state uniform fire prevention and  building  code
council  pursuant  to section 378 of the executive law. The state educa-
tion department may study the cost of installing combination  smoke  and
carbon  monoxide  detectors  where  such detector meets the manufacture,
design and installation standards established  by  the  New  York  state
uniform  fire  prevention  and building code council pursuant to section
378 of the executive law. The  state  education  department  shall  also
provide  recommendations on optional methods of funding the installation
of hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors  in  each  instructional  school
facility  in  public  school  districts and boards of cooperative educa-
tional services within the state.
  S 2. The state education department shall report the findings of  such
study to the governor and the legislature, on or before July 31, 2014.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10984-05-3

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