senate Bill S1528

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to providing free fare on metropolitan transportation authority transit systems

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
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S1528 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3330
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1266, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1089, A5412

S1528 - Bill Texts

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Relates to providing free fare on metropolitan transportation authority transit systems for senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older.

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BILL NUMBER:S1528

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring master
plumbers engaged in the installation, repair or maintenance of medical
gas piping or engaged in the instruction to be licensed by the
department of state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
Requires persons engaged in the installation, improvement, repair and
maintenance of medical gas piping or the instruction thereof to be
licensed.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
1) Defines department, medical gas Piping, and secretary. 2) License
required. No person shall engage in installation, improvement, repair
or maintenance unless issues a license. No person shall provide
instruction regarding installation, improvement, repair or
maintenance unless issued a license. 3) Powers of the secretary of
state. 4) License; medical gas piping installation and maintenance.
5) License; medical gas piping instruction. 6) Violations. 7)
Transition provisions.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York State has a very vast array of villages, towns, counties and
cities that have differing requirements for the installation of
medical gas systems. Some require a licensed master plumber, some
require a permit, some require a certification report after
completion and some require nothing at all. Where a master plumber's
license is required, installers work under the license of the owner
and are not required to be trained nor certified to install these
systems.

The master plumber's license covers the owner and company for the
installation of water, waste and vent piping and fixtures. Suffolk
County has medical gas listed under this license but practically
speaking there is no formal education or instruction for medical gas
systems installed anywhere in the training syllabus. Every licensed
plumber that we have met has confirmed that they never learned
anything about medical gas system installation or the equipment that
is ,installed or tested.

The current situation is that by law, a licensed plumber is allowed to
do the work regardless of experience or training, but anyone trained,
experienced and credentialed cannot do the work without a license.
This additional license will help resolve this issue as well as help
ensure that the work being done on these safety systems is done
safely and correctly.

NFPA 99 Standard for Health Care Facilities is the code that is
followed for the installation of medical gas systems in health care
facilities. The 2002 and 2005 editions have mandated that installers
comely with the requirements of ANSI ASSE Standard 6000, specifically
ASSE 6010 Professional Qualification Standards for a Medical Gas
System Installer. Prior editions had mandated that "The installation
of medical gas systems be made by qualified, competent technicians
who are experienced in making such installations." National
inspection Testing Corporation (NITC) is a nationally recognized
third patty testing company that provides a multitude of
certifications from master plumber, electrician, steamfitter, HVAC,
etc. The medical gas installer course has a prerequisite of four
years of piping experience. It is a 32 hour course on medical gas
system codes and requirements including hands on brazing of medical
gas piping. This legislation would allow oversight of the "loophole"
and be a fair way to reduce the risk of a tragedy while not causing
anyone to be unable to perform this work. Any licensed plumber would
simply be required to, take the 32 hour course and attain the medical
gas certification. The cost is relatively minimal and
the cost for licensing is Rico expected to be negligible too. The
expectation is that there would be approximately several hundred
individuals that would need to obtain the training and licensing
statewide which would also add some additional revenue to the state
as well.

Additionally, the new code allows for installation of these systems by
welding or by using a "swaging" process that any properly trained
mechanical person can perform. Since there are significant areas
throughout the state that use open shop labor, this will allow for a
method to control the installation of these life safety systems to
the qualified, competent trained individuals that are actually
installing these systems, not just cover the business owner who
typically runs the business and does not perform the physical work.
On the union side, they provide this credential through their class,
but again not every installer has this when working a medical gas job
since there is no oversight due to the only requirement being the
licensed master plumber business owner.

The union credential could be approved by the state as sufficient to
satisfy the requirement, or use the nationally recognized third party
testing company and be 100% certain of compliance and reap the
additional revenues for the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: 5.4702 Consumer Protection; Assembly Economic Development
2009-10; S.3675 Consumer Protection; A.5417 Economic Development
2008:5.7965 Consumer Protection/A.9886 Economic Development

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect the first of January following enactment.

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

                                  1528

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  ADAMS,  DILAN, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON,
  HUNTLEY, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law,  in  relation  to  providing
  free fare on the metropolitan transportation authority transit systems

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

  Section 1. Section 1266 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 15-a to read as follows:
  15-A.  (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW OR THE TERMS OF
ANY CONTRACT, THE AUTHORITY, IN CONSULTATION  WITH  THE  NEW  YORK  CITY
TRANSIT  AUTHORITY, THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND THE METRO-NORTH COMMU-
TER RAILROAD COMPANY, SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A  NO  FARE  PROGRAM
FOR  TRANSPORTATION ON NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, THE LONG
ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND  THE  METRO-NORTH  COMMUTER  RAILROAD  COMPANY  FOR
SENIOR CITIZENS.
  (B)  IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH NO FARE PROGRAM THE SENIOR CITI-
ZEN MUST BE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06054-01-1

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