senate Bill S1015C

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps; repealer

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Apr 23, 2014 print number 1015e
amend and recommit to health
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jun 19, 2013 print number 1015d
amend and recommit to health
May 07, 2013 print number 1015c
amend and recommit to health
Apr 23, 2013 print number 1015b
amend (t) and recommit to health
Mar 22, 2013 print number 1015a
amend and recommit to health
Jan 09, 2013 referred to health

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S1015 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1394-a & 1395, rpld §1392-a, add §1393-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015 - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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BILL NUMBER:S1015

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to single-purpose day camps

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To amend the definition of
"summer day camp" to include camps dedicated to a single activity
that meets the criteria of a non-passive recreational activity with
significant risk of injury.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision
two of section 1392 of the public health law to clarify that the
definition of "summer day camp" includes camps which engage in any
indoor or outdoor organized group activities involving one or more
non-passive recreational activities with significant risk of injury.
Section one also provides that the commissioner is not permitted to
grant an exception from the public health law and sanitary code
requirements to a summer day camp which is dedicated to a single
activity if that activity meets the criteria of a non-passive
recreational activity with significant risk of injury.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect April 1, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION:
As currently written, the definition of "summer day
camp" does not include camps dedicated to a single activity, such as
a football camp. Instead, the law states that a summer day camp must
involve "non-passive recreational activities with significant risk of
injury," which has been interpreted as requiring at least two such
activities. As a result, camps which are dedicated to only one
non-passive recreational activity with significant risk of injury are
completely unregulated. These single-purpose camps are subject to
neither the health and safety requirements in Article 13-B of the
public health law, nor to the regulations governing summer day camps
in the sanitary code.

There are many single-purpose camps in which children engage in
activities with a substantial risk of serious injury. For example,
the New York Times recently published an article about the increasing
popularity of carpentry and woodworking camps entitled "Kindergarten
Shop Class."(1) In these camps, children use power tools, including
saws to create their projects. A more common example of a
single-purpose
summer day camp is a football or hockey camp, which poses a
significant risk of injury due to the contact nature of the sport.

This legislation will close the loophole in the current law to ensure
that children attending all summer day camps are protected.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S4615-A - Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect April 1, 2013.

FOOTNOTE:
(1) Scelfo, Julie. "Kingergarten Shop Class."March 30, 2012.

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

                                  1015

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to single-purpose day
  camps

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 2 of section 1392 of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 439 of the laws  of  2009,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  2.  "Summer  day  camp" shall mean a property consisting of a tract of
land and any tents, vehicles, buildings or other structures that may  be
pertinent  to  its use, any part of which may be occupied on a scheduled
basis at any time between June first and September fifteenth in any year
by children under sixteen years of age under  general  supervision,  for
the purpose of ANY indoor or outdoor organized group activities, involv-
ing ONE OR MORE nonpassive recreational activities with significant risk
of injury, as such activities are defined by the department in rules and
regulations,  for a period of less than twenty-four hours on any day the
property is so occupied, and on which no provisions are made  for  over-
night  occupancy by such children. The commissioner shall have the power
to except by rule from this article  and  the  sanitary  code  a  place,
facility  or  activity that is not within the intent of this definition,
PROVIDED THAT NO EXCEPTION MAY BE GRANTED TO A SUMMER DAY CAMP WHICH  IS
DEDICATED  TO A SINGLE ACTIVITY IF THAT ACTIVITY MEETS THE CRITERIA OF A
NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK OF INJURY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2014.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S1015A - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1394-a & 1395, rpld §1392-a, add §1393-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015A - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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BILL NUMBER:S1015A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
single-purpose day camps

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To amend the definition of "summer day camp" to include camps
dedicated to a single activity that meets the criteria of a
non-passive recreational activity with significant risk of injury.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision two of section 1392 of the public
health law to clarify that the definition of "summer day camp"
includes camps which engage in any indoor or outdoor organized group
activities involving one or more non-passive recreational activities
with significant risk of injury. Section one also provides that the
commissioner is not permitted to grant an exception from the public
health law and sanitary code requirements to a summer day camp which
is dedicated to a single activity if that activity meets the criteria
of a non-passive recreational activity with significant risk of
injury.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect on the first of
April next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
As currently written, the definition of "summer day camp" does not
include camps dedicated to a single activity, such as a football camp.
Instead, the law states that a summer day camp must involve
"non-passive recreational activities with significant risk of injury,"
which has been interpreted as requiring at least two such activities.
As a result, camps which are dedicated to only one non-passive
recreational activity with significant risk of injury are completely
unregulated. These single-purpose camps are subject to neither the
health and safety requirements in Article 13-B of the public health
law, nor to the regulations governing summer day camps in the sanitary
code.

There are many single-purpose camps in which children engage in
activities with a substantial risk of serious injury. For example, the
New York Times recently published an article about the increasing
popularity of carpentry and woodworking camps entitled "Kindergarten
Shop Class."(1) In these camps, children use power tools, including
saws to create their projects. A more common example of a
single-purpose summer day camp is a football or hockey camp, which
poses a significant risk of injury due to the contact nature of the
sport.

This legislation will close the loophole in the current law to ensure
that children attending all summer day camps are protected.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S4615-A - Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the
date on which it shall become law.

FOOTNOTE:
(1) Scelfo, Julie. "Kingergarten Shop Class."March 30, 2012.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 1015--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to single-purpose day
  camps

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 1392 of the public health law,  as
amended  by  chapter  439  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. "Summer day camp" shall mean a property consisting of  a  tract  of
land  and any tents, vehicles, buildings or other structures that may be
pertinent to its use, any part of which may be occupied on  a  scheduled
basis at any time between June first and September fifteenth in any year
by  children  under  sixteen years of age under general supervision, for
the purpose of ANY indoor or outdoor organized group activities, involv-
ing ONE OR MORE nonpassive recreational activities with significant risk
of injury, as such activities are defined by the department in rules and
regulations, for a period of less than twenty-four hours on any day  the
property  is  so occupied, and on which no provisions are made for over-
night occupancy by such children. The commissioner shall have the  power
to  except  by  rule  from  this  article and the sanitary code a place,
facility or activity that is not within the intent of  this  definition,
PROVIDED  THAT NO EXCEPTION MAY BE GRANTED TO A SUMMER DAY CAMP WHICH IS
DEDICATED TO A SINGLE ACTIVITY IF THAT ACTIVITY MEETS THE CRITERIA OF  A
NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK OF INJURY.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S1015B - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1394-a & 1395, rpld §1392-a, add §1393-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015B - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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BILL NUMBER:S1015B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the permitting requirements for children's camps; and to repeal
certain provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE: To require all single-purpose day camps to obtain a permit
in order to operate a children's camp and to require that all camps
obtain liability insurance in order to provide additional protection
to children attending camps.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 2: Amends section 1392 of the public health law to include a
new subdivision 4 which provides a definition for single-purpose day
camps.

Section 3: Removes section 1392-a.

Section 4: Amends section 1393 of the public health law to include
single-purpose day camps.

Subdivision 4 is amended to increase the permit fee for all camps.

Subdivision 5 is amended to address changes to the enrollment
application form requirements.

Section 5: Adds a new section, section 1393-a. Subdivision 1
establishes inspection requirements for each type of camp.
Subdivision 2 gives DOH the discretion to waive one annual inspection
for certain types of camps.

Section 7: Consolidates section 1392-a, with 1394-a and 1394-b and
requires all camps to check the sex offender registry.

Section 8: Requires all camps to obtain liability insurance. All
additional sections are amended to include single-purpose day camps.

Section 9: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, only camps that have two or more
activities, at least one of which is a non-passive recreational
activity with significant risk of injury, are subject to Department of
Health (DOH) regulation. All camps under the DOH's purview are
required to be permitted before they may open. Each camp must be
inspected twice and meet stringent safety standards including staff
screening through the sex offender registry, specific age-appropriate
camper to counselor ratios; minimum age for counselors, fire drills
and camp safety plans.

Single-purpose day camps, including those engaging in potentially
dangerous non-passive recreational activities (such as a gymnastics
camps), are currently exempt from all DOH regulation. Thus, they do
not have to meet any of the safety standards put in place to protect
children attending camps. These exemptions expose all children
attending single-purpose camps to significant and unnecessary risks.
This bill will close the loophole by requiring all camps to obtain a


permit before beginning operations. Additionally, all camps will be
required to obtain liability insurance to help protect all members of
the camping community.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Revenue generated from issuing permits will
increase significantly due to an increase in the number of camps
required to obtain a permit and an increase in permit fees.
Additionally, the number of annual inspections for camps will be
commensurate to the type of camp and level of risk based on the
services provided. The additional revenue combined with a reduction in
the number of required inspections for day camps should more than
offset the increase in inspection responsibilities for the Department
of Health.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall
have become law.

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

                                 1015--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in  relation  to  the  permitting
  requirements for children's camps; and to repeal certain provisions of
  such law relating thereto

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

  Section 1.  Section 1391 of the public health law, as added by chapter
515 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1391. Declaration of public policy. It is the declared policy of the
state of New York to protect the health, safety and welfare of  children
attending  what  are  commonly  called children's overnight, summer day,
[and] traveling summer day, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps.
  S 2.  Section 1392 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5. "SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP" SHALL MEAN A  PROPERTY  CONSISTING  OF  A
TRACT  OF  LAND  AND  ANY TENTS, VEHICLES, BUILDINGS OR OTHER STRUCTURES
THAT MAY BE PERTINENT TO ITS USE, ANY PART OF WHICH MAY BE OCCUPIED ON A
SCHEDULED BASIS AT ANY TIME BETWEEN JUNE FIRST AND  SEPTEMBER  FIFTEENTH
IN  ANY YEAR BY CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE UNDER GENERAL SUPER-
VISION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A SINGLE INDOOR  OR OUTDOOR  ORGANIZED  GROUP
ACTIVITY,  INVOLVING A NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT
RISK OF INJURY, AS SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE  DEFINED  BY  THE  DEPARTMENT  IN
RULES  AND  REGULATIONS,  FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ON
ANY DAY THE PROPERTY IS SO OCCUPIED, AND ON WHICH NO PROVISIONS ARE MADE
FOR OVERNIGHT OCCUPANCY BY SUCH CHILDREN. THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  HAVE
THE  POWER  TO  EXCEPT BY RULE FROM THIS ARTICLE AND THE SANITARY CODE A

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                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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S. 1015--B                          2

PLACE, FACILITY OR ACTIVITY THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE INTENT OF THIS  DEFI-
NITION.
  S 3. Section 1392-a of the public health law is REPEALED.
  S 4. Section 1393 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 439 of the laws of
2009, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1393. Permit requirements. 1. No person, firm, corporation, or asso-
ciation shall operate a children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling
summer  day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp without first obtaining a permit
from an officer.
  2. An officer shall issue a permit if,  after  inspection,  the  chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp is in compliance with this chapter and the sanitary  code.
All  permits  shall  expire  one  year from the date of issuance of such
permit or upon such earlier date as specified by such officer which date
shall in no event be earlier than the latest date that  such  camps  may
remain  open  pursuant  to  regulations  prescribed by the commissioner.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the responsibilities
and duties of compliance arising out of any other provision of law.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an officer in issuing a
permit may waive any requirement of the sanitary code setting a  minimum
standard of floor space per camper in a camp's sleeping quarters. Such a
waiver  may  be  granted upon written application therefor, and shall be
accompanied by a statement by the officer  of  the  specific  terms  and
conditions  under which the waiver shall have been granted. Such waivers
may be granted only to camps constructed prior to January  first,  nine-
teen  hundred seventy-five. An officer shall grant such waiver where the
application therefor is accompanied by a written  certification  by  the
local  health  officer of its need or desirability to avoid an immediate
undue hardship upon the operator which may result in the closing of  the
children's overnight camp to prospective campers, and a statement by the
local  health  officer that the granting of a waiver shall not present a
hazard to public health and safety. All such  waivers  shall  expire  on
December  thirty-first of the year in which they are granted, but may be
renewed for good and sufficient reason.
  4. The fee for a permit [shall be two hundred dollars, except that  no
fee  shall  be charged in the case of a children's overnight, summer day
or traveling summer day camp operated by a person, firm, corporation  or
association  for  charitable, philanthropic or religious purposes] FOR A
FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPAC-
ITY  OF  TWO  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE THREE
HUNDRED DOLLARS, CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF THREE HUNDRED CHILDREN
DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE FIVE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS,  CAMPS  WITH  A
MAXIMUM  CAPACITY OF FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL
BE SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, AND CAMPS WITH A  MAXIMUM  CAPACITY  EXCEEDING
FIVE  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A  SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS. THE FEE FOR A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER  DAY,
TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY,  OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE TWO HUNDRED
DOLLARS. THE FEES SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL EXCLUSIVELY GOVERN
ALL CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY, AND  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY CAMP NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER LAW TO THE
CONTRARY, AND SHALL PREEMPT ANY LOCAL LAW OR  REGULATION  REQUIRING  THE
PAYMENT  OF ANY ADDITIONAL FEE TO INSPECT, PERMIT, OR OPERATE ALL OR ANY
PART OF A CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER  DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.

S. 1015--B                          3

  5.  Any  enrollment application forms and/or enrollment contract forms
mailed or delivered to a person for purposes of enrollment  of  a  child
for  any children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp shall contain or be  accompanied  by  a  written
statement which declares:
  (a)  that such camp is required to be licensed by the [New York state]
department [of health];
  (b) that [such camp is required to be inspected  twice  yearly]  CHIL-
DREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
CAMPS  ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED NINETY-THREE-A OF THIS ARTICLE; [and]
  (c) the address where inspection  reports  concerning  such  camp  are
filed[.]; AND
  (D) THAT SUCH CAMP IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE LIABILITY INSURANCE.
  S  5.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 1393-a
to read as follows:
  S 1393-A. INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS. 1. CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT  CAMPS  ARE
REQUIRED  TO  BE INSPECTED TWICE YEARLY. CHILDREN'S SUMMER DAY CAMPS AND
TRAVELING SUMMER DAY CAMPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED ONCE  PER  YEAR.
CHILDREN'S  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  CAMPS  ARE  REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED AT
LEAST ONCE EVERY OTHER YEAR.
  2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION  OF  LAW,  THE  DEPARTMENT  MAY
WAIVE ONE ANNUAL INSPECTION FOR ANY CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, OR
TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY CAMP. IN CONTEMPLATION OF SUCH WAIVER, THE DEPART-
MENT SHOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO CAMPS THAT ARE ACCREDITED BY  THE  AMERICAN
CAMP  ASSOCIATION,  CAMPS THAT HAVE NO RECORD OF OUTBREAKS, INCIDENTS OR
SAFETY PROBLEMS, CAMPS THAT HAVE BEEN  RESPONSIVE  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT'S
REQUESTS,  CAMPS  WITH  EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP STAFF, SMALLER CAMPS, AND
CAMPS THAT OFFER MORE LOW-RISK ACTIVITIES.
  S 6. Section 1394 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, subdivision 3 as added by chapter 214 of the  laws  of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1394.  Children's  camps;  standards and regulations. 1. The public
health council shall prescribe standards and establish  regulations  for
children's  overnight,  summer  day  [and],  traveling  summer  day, AND
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps, as defined in this  article,  concerning  such
matters  as  may  be  appropriate for the protection and security of the
life, health and safety of the occupants of such camps.
  2. All buses or other motor vehicles which are owned  by  a  traveling
summer  day  camp  or  which are operated or leased by such camp for the
purpose of transporting children attending  such  camp  shall  meet  the
requirements  for  safe  operation  of  such vehicles as provided for in
section one hundred forty of the transportation law.
  3. Any person, firm, corporation, or association that operates a chil-
dren's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-PUR-
POSE  DAY  camp,  and has obtained a permit pursuant to section thirteen
hundred ninety-three of this article, shall be authorized to  employ  or
contract  with  a  physician,  nurse  practitioner, physician assistant,
registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or emergency medical tech-
nician to act as a designated camp health director or to provide  health
services  in assistance to the camp health director pursuant to applica-
ble regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
  S 7. Section 1394-a of the public health law, as  amended  by  chapter
428 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1394-a.  Requirement  to check sex offender registry. Every person,
firm, limited liability company, association and corporation which oper-

S. 1015--B                          4

ates a CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,  summer  day,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camp  shall  be  required,  to ascertain whether an
employee or volunteer is listed  on  the  state  sex  offender  registry
pursuant  to  article  six-C of the correction law prior to the day such
employee or volunteer commences work at said camp and annually thereaft-
er prior to their arrival at said camp.
  S 8. Section 1395 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1395. Violations; temporary restraining order.  1.  A  violation  of
this  chapter  or  of the sanitary code in the operation of a children's
overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY
camp  shall  constitute  a  public  nuisance  which  may  be enjoined or
restrained.
  2. When an officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there  has  been  a
violation  of  this  chapter  or the sanitary code in the operation of a
children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY  camp  which  does not constitute a public health hazard as
defined by the sanitary code, and that such violation has continued  for
more  than  three  days  after  notice  of  the violation and demand for
discontinuance and abatement thereof has been served in writing  on  the
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp operator in the manner prescribed for  the  service  of
summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an officer may:
  (a)  Conduct  a  hearing upon at least three days notice served on the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b) Make a determination  after  such  hearing  with  respect  to  the
alleged  violation  or violations and have the power to assess a fine on
the children's overnight, summer day,  [or]  traveling  summer  day,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars
for  each  violation  for  each  day  succeeding the third day after the
notice of violation and demand for discontinuance and abatement  thereof
has been given, and
  (c)  With  respect  to  the  hearing  set  forth herein the officer in
accordance with the civil practice law and rules  may:  issue  subpoena,
compel  the  attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to witnesses,
and
  (d) Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state  of
New  York  for  a  temporary restraining order which the court may grant
when it determines that there is a violation  which  requires  immediate
relief.
  3.  When  an  officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there has been a
violation of this chapter or the sanitary code in  the  operation  of  A
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp which constitutes a public health hazard as defined  by
the  sanitary code, and after notice of the violation has been served in
writing on the children's overnight, summer day, [or]  traveling  summer
day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY camp operator in the manner prescribed for
the service of summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an
officer may:
  (a) Conduct a hearing upon at least fifteen days notice in  accordance
with  the  provisions  of section twelve-a of this chapter served on the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b) Make a determination  after  such  hearing  with  respect  to  the
alleged  violation  or violations and have the power to assess a fine on

S. 1015--B                          5

the children's overnight, summer day,  [or]  traveling  summer  day,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camp  operator in accordance with the provisions of
section twelve of this chapter for each violation, and
  (c)  With  respect  to  the  hearing  set  forth herein the officer in
accordance with the civil practice law and rules may: issue A  subpoena,
compel  the  attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to witnesses,
and
  (d) Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state  of
New  York  for  a  temporary restraining order which the court may grant
when it determines that there is a violation  which  requires  immediate
relief.
  4.  The  officer  may appoint one or more hearing officers as shall be
necessary to do or perform in his place or stead the acts authorized  by
paragraphs  (a)  and (c) of subdivision two of this section. The hearing
officer shall make findings of fact and submit  recommendations  to  the
officer.
  5.  An  officer may institute proceedings to enjoin the continuance of
such violation or the continued operation  of  such  camp.  No  bond  or
undertaking shall be required of such officer in such proceedings and no
application  to  vacate  or modify any judgment obtained shall be enter-
tained by any court without proof to such court that ten days notice  of
such application, and copies of the papers upon which the application is
to be made, have been served upon such officer.
  6.  Nothing  contained in this section shall be construed to limit the
duty or power of an officer to act with regard to an immediate threat to
the health of the occupants of a children's overnight, summer day,  [or]
traveling  summer  day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp or the community in
which it is located, or to alter or abridge any of the duties and powers
now or hereafter existing in the  commissioner,  state  district  health
officers,  county  boards  of  health, county commissioners of health or
local boards of health.
  7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed  to  limit  or
preclude  the  officer from enforcing or pursuing any remedies or penal-
ties available under this chapter  or  sanitary  code  with  respect  to
violations  which  constitute  a  public health hazard as defined by the
sanitary code, in the operation of the children's overnight, summer day,
[or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY  camp,  including,  but
not  limited  to,  those  remedies or penalties available under sections
twelve, sixteen, two hundred six, two hundred twenty-nine, three hundred
nine, and three hundred forty-eight of this chapter.
  S 9. This act shall take effect 1 year after it shall  have  become  a
law.

Co-Sponsors

S1015C - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1394-a & 1395, rpld §1392-a, add §1393-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015C - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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BILL NUMBER:S1015C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the permitting requirements for children's camps; and to repeal
certain provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE: To require all single-purpose day camps to obtain a permit in
order to operate a children's camp and to require that all camps
obtain liability insurance in order to provide additional protection
to children attending camps.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 2: Amends section 1392 of the public health law to include a
new subdivision 4 which provides a definition for single-purpose day
camps.

Section 3: Removes section 1392-a.

Section 4: Amends section 1393 of the public health law to include
single-purpose day camps. Subdivision 4 is amended to increase the
permit fee for all camps. Subdivision 5 is amended to address changes
to the enrollment application form requirements.

Section 5: Adds a new section, section 1393-a. Subdivision 1
establishes inspection requirements for each type of camp.
Subdivision 2 gives DOH the discretion to waive one annual inspection
for certain types of camps.

Section 7: Consolidates section 1392-a, with 1394-a and 1394-b and
requires all camps to check the sex offender registry.

Section 8: Requires all camps to obtain liability insurance. All
additional sections are amended to include single-purpose day camps.

Section 9: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, only camps that have two or more activities,
at least one of which is a non-passive recreational activity with
significant risk of injury, are subject to Department of Health (DOH)
regulation. All camps under the DOB's purview are required to be
permitted before they may open. Each camp must be inspected twice and
meet stringent safety standards including staff screening through the
sex offender registry, specific age-appropriate camper to counselor
ratios; minimum age for counselors, fire drills and camp safety plans.

Single-purpose day camps, including those engaging in potentially
dangerous non-passive recreational activities (such as a gymnastics
camps), are currently exempt from all DOH regulation. Thus, they do
not have to meet any of the safety standards put in place to protect
children attending camps. These exemptions expose all children
attending single-purpose camps to significant and unnecessary risks.
This bill will close the loophole by requiring all camps to obtain a
permit before beginning operations. Additionally, all camps will be
required to obtain liability insurance to help protect all members of
the camping community.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Revenue generated from issuing permits will
increase significantly due to an increase in the number of camps
required to obtain a permit and an increase in permit fees.
Additionally, the number of annual inspections for camps will be
commensurate to the type of camp and level of risk based on the
services provided. The additional revenue combined with a reduction in
the number of required inspections for day camps should more than
offset the increase in inspection responsibilities for the Department
of Health.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall
have become law.

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

                                 1015--C

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LIBOUS, LATIMER, MARTINS -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Health
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public health law, in relation to the permitting
  requirements for children's camps; and to repeal certain provisions of
  such law relating thereto

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

  Section 1.  Section 1391 of the public health law, as added by chapter
515 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1391. Declaration of public policy. It is the declared policy of the
state  of New York to protect the health, safety and welfare of children
attending what are commonly called  children's  overnight,  summer  day,
[and] traveling summer day, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps.
  S 2.  Section 1392 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5.  "SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  CAMP"  SHALL MEAN A PROPERTY CONSISTING OF A
TRACT OF LAND AND ANY TENTS, VEHICLES,  BUILDINGS  OR  OTHER  STRUCTURES
THAT MAY BE PERTINENT TO ITS USE, ANY PART OF WHICH MAY BE OCCUPIED ON A
SCHEDULED  BASIS  AT ANY TIME BETWEEN JUNE FIRST AND SEPTEMBER FIFTEENTH
IN ANY YEAR BY CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE UNDER GENERAL  SUPER-
VISION,  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF A SINGLE INDOOR  OR OUTDOOR ORGANIZED GROUP
ACTIVITY, INVOLVING A NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH  SIGNIFICANT
RISK  OF  INJURY,  AS  SUCH  ACTIVITIES ARE DEFINED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN
RULES AND REGULATIONS, FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN  TWENTY-FOUR  HOURS  ON
ANY DAY THE PROPERTY IS SO OCCUPIED, AND ON WHICH NO PROVISIONS ARE MADE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04908-07-3

S. 1015--C                          2

FOR  OVERNIGHT  OCCUPANCY  BY SUCH CHILDREN. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE
THE POWER TO EXCEPT BY RULE FROM THIS ARTICLE AND THE  SANITARY  CODE  A
PLACE,  FACILITY OR ACTIVITY THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE INTENT OF THIS DEFI-
NITION.
  S 3. Section 1392-a of the public health law is REPEALED.
  S 4. Section 1393 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 439 of the laws of
2009, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1393. Permit requirements. 1. No person, firm, corporation, or asso-
ciation shall operate a children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling
summer  day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp without first obtaining a permit
from an officer.
  2. An officer shall issue a permit if,  after  inspection,  the  chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp is in compliance with this chapter and the sanitary  code.
All  permits  shall  expire  one  year from the date of issuance of such
permit or upon such earlier date as specified by such officer which date
shall in no event be earlier than the latest date that  such  camps  may
remain  open  pursuant  to  regulations  prescribed by the commissioner.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the responsibilities
and duties of compliance arising out of any other provision of law.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an officer in issuing a
permit may waive any requirement of the sanitary code setting a  minimum
standard of floor space per camper in a camp's sleeping quarters. Such a
waiver  may  be  granted upon written application therefor, and shall be
accompanied by a statement by the officer  of  the  specific  terms  and
conditions  under which the waiver shall have been granted. Such waivers
may be granted only to camps constructed prior to January  first,  nine-
teen  hundred seventy-five. An officer shall grant such waiver where the
application therefor is accompanied by a written  certification  by  the
local  health  officer of its need or desirability to avoid an immediate
undue hardship upon the operator which may result in the closing of  the
children's overnight camp to prospective campers, and a statement by the
local  health  officer that the granting of a waiver shall not present a
hazard to public health and safety. All such  waivers  shall  expire  on
December  thirty-first of the year in which they are granted, but may be
renewed for good and sufficient reason.
  4. The fee for a permit [shall be two hundred dollars, except that  no
fee  shall  be charged in the case of a children's overnight, summer day
or traveling summer day camp operated by a person, firm, corporation  or
association  for  charitable, philanthropic or religious purposes] FOR A
FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPAC-
ITY  OF  TWO  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE THREE
HUNDRED DOLLARS, CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF THREE HUNDRED CHILDREN
DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE FIVE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS,  CAMPS  WITH  A
MAXIMUM  CAPACITY OF FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL
BE SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, AND CAMPS WITH A  MAXIMUM  CAPACITY  EXCEEDING
FIVE  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A  SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS. THE FEE FOR A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER  DAY,
TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY,  OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE TWO HUNDRED
DOLLARS. THE FEES SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL EXCLUSIVELY GOVERN
ALL CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY, AND  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY CAMP NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER LAW TO THE
CONTRARY, AND SHALL PREEMPT ANY LOCAL LAW OR  REGULATION  REQUIRING  THE
PAYMENT  OF ANY ADDITIONAL FEE TO INSPECT, PERMIT, OR OPERATE ALL OR ANY

S. 1015--C                          3

PART OF A CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER  DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.
  5.  Any  enrollment application forms and/or enrollment contract forms
mailed or delivered to a person for purposes of enrollment  of  a  child
for  any children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp shall contain or be  accompanied  by  a  written
statement which declares:
  (a)  that such camp is required to be licensed by the [New York state]
department [of health];
  (b) that [such camp is required to be inspected  twice  yearly]  CHIL-
DREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
CAMPS  ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED NINETY-THREE-A OF THIS ARTICLE; [and]
  (c) the address where inspection  reports  concerning  such  camp  are
filed[.]; AND
  (D) THAT SUCH CAMP IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE LIABILITY INSURANCE.
  S  5.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 1393-a
to read as follows:
  S 1393-A. INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS. 1. CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT  CAMPS  ARE
REQUIRED  TO  BE INSPECTED TWICE YEARLY. CHILDREN'S SUMMER DAY CAMPS AND
TRAVELING SUMMER DAY CAMPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED ONCE  PER  YEAR.
CHILDREN'S  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  CAMPS  ARE  REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED AT
LEAST ONCE EVERY OTHER YEAR.
  2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION  OF  LAW,  THE  DEPARTMENT  MAY
WAIVE ONE ANNUAL INSPECTION FOR ANY CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, OR
TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY CAMP. IN CONTEMPLATION OF SUCH WAIVER, THE DEPART-
MENT SHOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO CAMPS THAT ARE ACCREDITED BY  AN  ORGANIZA-
TION  THAT THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS ACCEPTABLE, CAMPS THAT HAVE NO RECORD OF
OUTBREAKS, INCIDENTS OR SAFETY PROBLEMS, CAMPS THAT HAVE BEEN RESPONSIVE
TO THE DEPARTMENT'S REQUESTS, CAMPS WITH EXPERIENCED  LEADERSHIP  STAFF,
SMALLER CAMPS, AND CAMPS THAT OFFER MORE LOW-RISK ACTIVITIES.
  S 6. Section 1394 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the  laws  of 2000, subdivision 3 as added by chapter 214 of the laws of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1394. Children's camps; standards and  regulations.  1.  The  public
health  council  shall prescribe standards and establish regulations for
children's overnight,  summer  day  [and],  traveling  summer  day,  AND
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camps,  as defined in this article, concerning such
matters as may be appropriate for the protection  and  security  of  the
life, health and safety of the occupants of such camps.
  2.  All  buses  or other motor vehicles which are owned by a traveling
summer day camp or which are operated or leased by  such  camp  for  the
purpose  of  transporting  children  attending  such camp shall meet the
requirements for safe operation of such  vehicles  as  provided  for  in
section one hundred forty of the transportation law.
  3. Any person, firm, corporation, or association that operates a chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp, and has obtained a permit pursuant  to  section  thirteen
hundred  ninety-three  of this article, shall be authorized to employ or
contract with a  physician,  nurse  practitioner,  physician  assistant,
registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or emergency medical tech-
nician  to act as a designated camp health director or to provide health
services in assistance to the camp health director pursuant to  applica-
ble regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
  S  7.  Section  1394-a of the public health law, as amended by chapter
428 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:

S. 1015--C                          4

  S 1394-a. Requirement to check sex offender  registry.  Every  person,
firm, limited liability company, association and corporation which oper-
ates  a  CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,  summer  day,  TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp shall  be  required,  to  ascertain  whether  an
employee  or  volunteer  is  listed  on  the state sex offender registry
pursuant to article six-C of the correction law prior to  the  day  such
employee or volunteer commences work at said camp and annually thereaft-
er prior to their arrival at said camp.
  S 8. Section 1395 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1395.  Violations;  temporary  restraining order. 1. A violation of
this chapter or of the sanitary code in the operation  of  a  children's
overnight,  summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
camp shall constitute  a  public  nuisance  which  may  be  enjoined  or
restrained.
  2.  When  an  officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there has been a
violation of this chapter or the sanitary code in  the  operation  of  a
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp which does not constitute a  public  health  hazard  as
defined  by the sanitary code, and that such violation has continued for
more than three days after  notice  of  the  violation  and  demand  for
discontinuance  and  abatement thereof has been served in writing on the
children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY  camp  operator in the manner prescribed for the service of
summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an officer may:
  (a) Conduct a hearing upon at least three days notice  served  on  the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b)  Make  a  determination  after  such  hearing  with respect to the
alleged violation or violations and have the power to assess a  fine  on
the  children's  overnight,  summer  day,  [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars
for each violation for each day  succeeding  the  third  day  after  the
notice  of violation and demand for discontinuance and abatement thereof
has been given, and
  (c) With respect to the  hearing  set  forth  herein  the  officer  in
accordance  with  the  civil practice law and rules may: issue subpoena,
compel the attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths  to  witnesses,
and
  (d)  Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state of
New York for a temporary restraining order which  the  court  may  grant
when  it  determines  that there is a violation which requires immediate
relief.
  3. When an officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there  has  been  a
violation  of  this  chapter  or the sanitary code in the operation of A
children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY camp which constitutes a public health hazard as defined by
the sanitary code, and after notice of the violation has been served  in
writing  on  the children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer
day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator in the  manner  prescribed  for
the service of summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an
officer may:
  (a)  Conduct a hearing upon at least fifteen days notice in accordance
with the provisions of section twelve-a of this chapter  served  on  the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and

S. 1015--C                          5

  (b)  Make  a  determination  after  such  hearing  with respect to the
alleged violation or violations and have the power to assess a  fine  on
the  children's  overnight,  summer  day,  [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator in accordance with  the  provisions  of
section twelve of this chapter for each violation, and
  (c)  With  respect  to  the  hearing  set  forth herein the officer in
accordance with the civil practice law and rules may: issue A  subpoena,
compel  the  attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to witnesses,
and
  (d) Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state  of
New  York  for  a  temporary restraining order which the court may grant
when it determines that there is a violation  which  requires  immediate
relief.
  4.  The  officer  may appoint one or more hearing officers as shall be
necessary to do or perform in his place or stead the acts authorized  by
paragraphs  (a)  and (c) of subdivision two of this section. The hearing
officer shall make findings of fact and submit  recommendations  to  the
officer.
  5.  An  officer may institute proceedings to enjoin the continuance of
such violation or the continued operation  of  such  camp.  No  bond  or
undertaking shall be required of such officer in such proceedings and no
application  to  vacate  or modify any judgment obtained shall be enter-
tained by any court without proof to such court that ten days notice  of
such application, and copies of the papers upon which the application is
to be made, have been served upon such officer.
  6.  Nothing  contained in this section shall be construed to limit the
duty or power of an officer to act with regard to an immediate threat to
the health of the occupants of a children's overnight, summer day,  [or]
traveling  summer  day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp or the community in
which it is located, or to alter or abridge any of the duties and powers
now or hereafter existing in the  commissioner,  state  district  health
officers,  county  boards  of  health, county commissioners of health or
local boards of health.
  7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed  to  limit  or
preclude  the  officer from enforcing or pursuing any remedies or penal-
ties available under this chapter  or  sanitary  code  with  respect  to
violations  which  constitute  a  public health hazard as defined by the
sanitary code, in the operation of the children's overnight, summer day,
[or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY  camp,  including,  but
not  limited  to,  those  remedies or penalties available under sections
twelve, sixteen, two hundred six, two hundred twenty-nine, three hundred
nine, and three hundred forty-eight of this chapter.
  S 9. This act shall take effect 1 year after it shall  have  become  a
law.

Co-Sponsors

S1015D - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1394-a & 1395, rpld §1392-a, add §1393-a, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015D - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1015D

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the permitting requirements for children's camps; and to repeal
certain provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE: To require all single-purpose day camps to obtain a permit
in order to operate a children's camp and to require that all camps
obtain liability insurance in order to provide additional protection
to children attending camps.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 1391 of the public health law to include
single-purpose camps in the declaration of public policy.

Section 2 amends section 1392 to include a new subdivision 5 which
provides a definition for single-purpose day camps.

Section 3 removes section 1392-a.

Section 4 amends section 1393 to include single-purpose day.camps.
Subdivision 4 is amended to increase the permit fee for for-profit
camps. Subdivision 5 is amended to address changes to the enrollment
application form requirements. All camps are required to purchase
liability insurance.

Section 5 adds a new sections 1393-a. Subdivision 1 establishes
inspection requirements for each type of camp. Subdivision 2 gives DOH
the discretion to waive one annual inspection for certain types of
camps.

Section 6 amends section 1394 to include single-purpose day camps.

Section 7 amends section 1394-a, by requiring all camps to check the
sex offender registry.

Section 8 amends section 1395 to extend the rules regarding violations
and temporary restraining order to single-purpose day camps.

Section 9 provides that this act shall take effect 1 year after it
shall have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, only camps that have two or more
activities, at least one of which is a non-passive recreational
activity with significant risk of injury, are subject to Department of
Health (DOH) regulation. All camps under the DOH's purview are
required to be permitted before they may open. Each camp must be
inspected twice and meet stringent safety standards including staff
screening through the sex offender registry, specific age-appropriate
Camper to counselor ratios, minimum age for counselors, fire drills
and camp safety plans.

Single-purpose day camps, including those engaging in potentially
dangerous non-passive recreational activities (such as a gymnastics
camps), are currently exempt from all DOH regulation. Thus, they do
not have to meet any of the safety standards put in place to protect


children attending camps. These exemptions expose all children
attending single-purpose camps to significant and unnecessary risks.
This bill will close the loophole by requiring all camps to obtain a
permit before beginning operations. Additionally, all camps will be
required to obtain liability insurance to help protect all members of
the camping community.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Revenue generated from issuing permits will
increase significantly due to an increase in the number of camps
required to obtain a permit and an increase in permit fees.
Additionally, the number of annual inspections for camps will be
commensurate to the type of camp and level of risk based on the
services provided. The additional revenue combined with a reduction in
the number of required inspections for day camps should more than
offset the increase in inspection responsibilities for the Department
of Health.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall
have become law.

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

                                 1015--D

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. LIBOUS, CARLUCCI, LATIMER, MARTINS -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Health -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in  relation  to  the  permitting
  requirements for children's camps; and to repeal certain provisions of
  such law relating thereto

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

  Section 1.  Section 1391 of the public health law, as added by chapter
515 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1391. Declaration of public policy. It is the declared policy of the
state of New York to protect the health, safety and welfare of  children
attending  what  are  commonly  called children's overnight, summer day,
[and] traveling summer day, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps.
  S 2.  Section 1392 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5. "SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP" SHALL MEAN A  PROPERTY  CONSISTING  OF  A
TRACT  OF  LAND  AND  ANY TENTS, VEHICLES, BUILDINGS OR OTHER STRUCTURES
THAT MAY BE PERTINENT TO ITS USE, ANY PART OF WHICH MAY BE OCCUPIED ON A
SCHEDULED BASIS AT ANY TIME BETWEEN JUNE FIRST AND  SEPTEMBER  FIFTEENTH
IN  ANY YEAR BY CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE UNDER GENERAL SUPER-
VISION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A SINGLE INDOOR  OR OUTDOOR  ORGANIZED  GROUP
ACTIVITY,  INVOLVING A NONPASSIVE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT
RISK OF INJURY, AS SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE  DEFINED  BY  THE  DEPARTMENT  IN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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RULES  AND  REGULATIONS,  FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ON
ANY DAY THE PROPERTY IS SO OCCUPIED, AND ON WHICH NO PROVISIONS ARE MADE
FOR OVERNIGHT OCCUPANCY BY SUCH CHILDREN. THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  HAVE
THE  POWER  TO  EXCEPT BY RULE FROM THIS ARTICLE AND THE SANITARY CODE A
PLACE, FACILITY OR ACTIVITY THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE INTENT OF THIS  DEFI-
NITION.
  S 3. Section 1392-a of the public health law is REPEALED.
  S 4. Section 1393 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 439 of the laws of
2009, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1393. Permit requirements. 1. No person, firm, corporation, or asso-
ciation shall operate a children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling
summer  day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp without first obtaining a permit
from an officer.
  2. An officer shall issue a permit if,  after  inspection,  the  chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp is in compliance with this chapter and the sanitary  code.
All  permits  shall  expire  one  year from the date of issuance of such
permit or upon such earlier date as specified by such officer which date
shall in no event be earlier than the latest date that  such  camps  may
remain  open  pursuant  to  regulations  prescribed by the commissioner.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the responsibilities
and duties of compliance arising out of any other provision of law.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an officer in issuing a
permit may waive any requirement of the sanitary code setting a  minimum
standard of floor space per camper in a camp's sleeping quarters. Such a
waiver  may  be  granted upon written application therefor, and shall be
accompanied by a statement by the officer  of  the  specific  terms  and
conditions  under which the waiver shall have been granted. Such waivers
may be granted only to camps constructed prior to January  first,  nine-
teen  hundred seventy-five. An officer shall grant such waiver where the
application therefor is accompanied by a written  certification  by  the
local  health  officer of its need or desirability to avoid an immediate
undue hardship upon the operator which may result in the closing of  the
children's overnight camp to prospective campers, and a statement by the
local  health  officer that the granting of a waiver shall not present a
hazard to public health and safety. All such  waivers  shall  expire  on
December  thirty-first of the year in which they are granted, but may be
renewed for good and sufficient reason.
  4. The fee for a permit [shall be two hundred dollars, except that  no
fee  shall  be charged in the case of a children's overnight, summer day
or traveling summer day camp operated by a person, firm, corporation  or
association  for  charitable, philanthropic or religious purposes] FOR A
FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPAC-
ITY  OF  TWO  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE THREE
HUNDRED DOLLARS, CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF THREE HUNDRED CHILDREN
DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE FIVE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS,  CAMPS  WITH  A
MAXIMUM  CAPACITY OF FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL
BE SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, AND CAMPS WITH A  MAXIMUM  CAPACITY  EXCEEDING
FIVE  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A  SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS. NO FEE SHALL BE CHARGED TO A  NOT-FOR-PROFIT  CHILDREN'S  OVER-
NIGHT,  SUMMER  DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP.
THE FEES SET FORTH IN THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL  EXCLUSIVELY  GOVERN  ALL
CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY, AND SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY CAMP NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY  OTHER  LAW  TO  THE

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CONTRARY,  AND  SHALL  PREEMPT ANY LOCAL LAW OR REGULATION REQUIRING THE
PAYMENT OF ANY ADDITIONAL FEE TO INSPECT, PERMIT, OR OPERATE ALL OR  ANY
PART  OF  A  CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,  SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.
  5.  Any  enrollment application forms and/or enrollment contract forms
mailed or delivered to a person for purposes of enrollment  of  a  child
for  any children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp shall contain or be  accompanied  by  a  written
statement which declares:
  (a)  that such camp is required to be licensed by the [New York state]
department [of health];
  (b) that [such camp is required to be inspected  twice  yearly]  CHIL-
DREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
CAMPS  ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED NINETY-THREE-A OF THIS ARTICLE; [and]
  (c) the address where inspection  reports  concerning  such  camp  are
filed[.]; AND
  (D) THAT SUCH CAMP IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE LIABILITY INSURANCE.
  S  5.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 1393-a
to read as follows:
  S 1393-A. INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS. 1. CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT  CAMPS  ARE
REQUIRED  TO  BE INSPECTED TWICE YEARLY. CHILDREN'S SUMMER DAY CAMPS AND
TRAVELING SUMMER DAY CAMPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED ONCE  PER  YEAR.
CHILDREN'S  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  CAMPS  ARE  REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED AT
LEAST ONCE EVERY OTHER YEAR.
  2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION  OF  LAW,  THE  DEPARTMENT  MAY
WAIVE ONE ANNUAL INSPECTION FOR ANY CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, OR
TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY CAMP. IN CONTEMPLATION OF SUCH WAIVER, THE DEPART-
MENT SHOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO CAMPS THAT ARE ACCREDITED BY  AN  ORGANIZA-
TION  THAT THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS ACCEPTABLE, CAMPS THAT HAVE NO RECORD OF
OUTBREAKS, INCIDENTS OR SAFETY PROBLEMS, CAMPS THAT HAVE BEEN RESPONSIVE
TO THE DEPARTMENT'S REQUESTS, CAMPS WITH EXPERIENCED  LEADERSHIP  STAFF,
SMALLER CAMPS, AND CAMPS THAT OFFER MORE LOW-RISK ACTIVITIES.
  S 6. Section 1394 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the  laws  of 2000, subdivision 3 as added by chapter 214 of the laws of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1394. Children's camps; standards and  regulations.  1.  The  public
health  council  shall prescribe standards and establish regulations for
children's overnight,  summer  day  [and],  traveling  summer  day,  AND
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camps,  as defined in this article, concerning such
matters as may be appropriate for the protection  and  security  of  the
life, health and safety of the occupants of such camps.
  2.  All  buses  or other motor vehicles which are owned by a traveling
summer day camp or which are operated or leased by  such  camp  for  the
purpose  of  transporting  children  attending  such camp shall meet the
requirements for safe operation of such  vehicles  as  provided  for  in
section one hundred forty of the transportation law.
  3. Any person, firm, corporation, or association that operates a chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp, and has obtained a permit pursuant  to  section  thirteen
hundred  ninety-three  of this article, shall be authorized to employ or
contract with a  physician,  nurse  practitioner,  physician  assistant,
registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or emergency medical tech-
nician  to act as a designated camp health director or to provide health
services in assistance to the camp health director pursuant to  applica-
ble regulations promulgated by the commissioner.

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  S  7.  Section  1394-a of the public health law, as amended by chapter
428 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1394-a.  Requirement  to check sex offender registry. Every person,
firm, limited liability company, association and corporation which oper-
ates a CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,  summer  day,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camp  shall  be  required,  to ascertain whether an
employee or volunteer is listed  on  the  state  sex  offender  registry
pursuant  to  article  six-C of the correction law prior to the day such
employee or volunteer commences work at said camp and annually thereaft-
er prior to their arrival at said camp.
  S 8. Section 1395 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1395. Violations; temporary restraining order.  1.  A  violation  of
this  chapter  or  of the sanitary code in the operation of a children's
overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY
camp  shall  constitute  a  public  nuisance  which  may  be enjoined or
restrained.
  2. When an officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there  has  been  a
violation  of  this  chapter  or the sanitary code in the operation of a
children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY  camp  which  does not constitute a public health hazard as
defined by the sanitary code, and that such violation has continued  for
more  than  three  days  after  notice  of  the violation and demand for
discontinuance and abatement thereof has been served in writing  on  the
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp operator in the manner prescribed for  the  service  of
summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an officer may:
  (a)  Conduct  a  hearing upon at least three days notice served on the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b) Make a determination  after  such  hearing  with  respect  to  the
alleged  violation  or violations and have the power to assess a fine on
the children's overnight, summer day,  [or]  traveling  summer  day,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars
for  each  violation  for  each  day  succeeding the third day after the
notice of violation and demand for discontinuance and abatement  thereof
has been given, and
  (c)  With  respect  to  the  hearing  set  forth herein the officer in
accordance with the civil practice law and rules  may:  issue  subpoena,
compel  the  attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to witnesses,
and
  (d) Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state  of
New  York  for  a  temporary restraining order which the court may grant
when it determines that there is a violation  which  requires  immediate
relief.
  3.  When  an  officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there has been a
violation of this chapter or the sanitary code in  the  operation  of  A
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp which constitutes a public health hazard as defined  by
the  sanitary code, and after notice of the violation has been served in
writing on the children's overnight, summer day, [or]  traveling  summer
day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY camp operator in the manner prescribed for
the service of summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an
officer may:
  (a) Conduct a hearing upon at least fifteen days notice in  accordance
with  the  provisions  of section twelve-a of this chapter served on the

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camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b)  Make  a  determination  after  such  hearing  with respect to the
alleged violation or violations and have the power to assess a  fine  on
the  children's  overnight,  summer  day,  [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator in accordance with  the  provisions  of
section twelve of this chapter for each violation, and
  (c)  With  respect  to  the  hearing  set  forth herein the officer in
accordance with the civil practice law and rules may: issue A  subpoena,
compel  the  attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths to witnesses,
and
  (d) Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state  of
New  York  for  a  temporary restraining order which the court may grant
when it determines that there is a violation  which  requires  immediate
relief.
  4.  The  officer  may appoint one or more hearing officers as shall be
necessary to do or perform in his place or stead the acts authorized  by
paragraphs  (a)  and (c) of subdivision two of this section. The hearing
officer shall make findings of fact and submit  recommendations  to  the
officer.
  5.  An  officer may institute proceedings to enjoin the continuance of
such violation or the continued operation  of  such  camp.  No  bond  or
undertaking shall be required of such officer in such proceedings and no
application  to  vacate  or modify any judgment obtained shall be enter-
tained by any court without proof to such court that ten days notice  of
such application, and copies of the papers upon which the application is
to be made, have been served upon such officer.
  6.  Nothing  contained in this section shall be construed to limit the
duty or power of an officer to act with regard to an immediate threat to
the health of the occupants of a children's overnight, summer day,  [or]
traveling  summer  day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp or the community in
which it is located, or to alter or abridge any of the duties and powers
now or hereafter existing in the  commissioner,  state  district  health
officers,  county  boards  of  health, county commissioners of health or
local boards of health.
  7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed  to  limit  or
preclude  the  officer from enforcing or pursuing any remedies or penal-
ties available under this chapter  or  sanitary  code  with  respect  to
violations  which  constitute  a  public health hazard as defined by the
sanitary code, in the operation of the children's overnight, summer day,
[or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY  camp,  including,  but
not  limited  to,  those  remedies or penalties available under sections
twelve, sixteen, two hundred six, two hundred twenty-nine, three hundred
nine, and three hundred forty-eight of this chapter.
  S 9. This act shall take effect 1 year after it shall  have  become  a
law.

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S1015E (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

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Law Section:
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Laws Affected:
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Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A2193
2011-2012: A7204A, S4615A

S1015E (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitting requirements for children's camps including permit requirements, inspection requirements and violations.

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BILL NUMBER:S1015E

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the permitting requirements for children's camps; and to repeal
certain provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE:

To require all single-purpose day camps to obtain a permit in order to
operate a children's camp and to require that all camps obtain
liability insurance in order to provide additional protection to
children attending camps.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 1391 of the public health law to include
single-purpose camps in the declaration of public policy.

Section 2 amends subdivision 2 of section 1392 to designate it
paragraph a and to add a new paragraph b which provides a definition
for single-purpose day camps.

Section 3 repeals section 1392-a. The requirement contained in this
section is incorporated into the new section 1394-a.

Section 4 amends section 1393 to require single-purpose day camps to
obtain a permit. Subdivision 4 is amended to increase the permit fee
for for-profit camps. Subdivision 5 is amended to address changes to
the enrollment application form requirements. All camps are required
to purchase liability insurance.

Section 5 adds a new section 1393-a. Subdivision 1 establishes
inspection requirements for each type of camp. Subdivision 2 gives the
department the discretion to waive one annual inspection for certain
types of camps.

Section 6 amends section 1394 to include single-purpose day camps.

Section 7 amends section 1394-a to require all camps to check the sex
offender registry.

Section 8 repeals section 1394-b. The requirement contained in this
section is incorporated into the new section 1394-a.

Section 9 amends section 1395 to extend the rules regarding violations
and temporary restraining order to single-purpose day camps.

Section 10 provides that this act shall take effect 1 year after it
shall have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, only camps that have two or more activities, at least one
of which is a non-passive recreational activity with significant risk
of injury, are subject to Department of Health (DOH) regulation. All
camps under the DOH's purview are required to be permitted before they
may open. Each camp must be inspected twice and meet stringent safety


standards including staff screening through the sex offender registry,
specific age-appropriate camper to counselor ratios, minimum age for
counselors, fire drills and camp safety plans.

Single-purpose day camps, including those engaging in potentially
dangerous non-passive recreational activities (such as a gymnastics
camps), are currently exempt from all DOH regulation. Thus, they do
not have to meet any of the safety standards put in place to protect
children attending camps. Because of this distinction, several camps
have circumvented regulation by offering a single activity for a
certain number of days (or weeks), then rotating to another single
activity, and so on, all at the same facility.

This bill will close this loophole by requiring single-purpose camps
operating for a total of twenty or more days to obtain a permit before
beginning operations. Additionally, all camps will be required to
obtain liability insurance to help protect all members of the camping
community.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Revenue generated from issuing permits will increase significantly due
to an increase in the number of camps required to obtain a permit and
an increase in permit fees. Additionally, the number of annual
inspections for camps will be commensurate to the type of camp and
level of risk based on the services provided. The additional revenue
combined with a reduction in the number of required inspections for
day camps should more than offset the increase in inspection
responsibilities for the Department of Health.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 1015--E

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. LIBOUS, CARLUCCI, LATIMER, MARTINS -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Health -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public health law, in relation to the permitting
  requirements for children's camps; and to repeal certain provisions of
  such law relating thereto

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

  Section 1.  Section 1391 of the public health law, as added by chapter
515 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1391. Declaration of public policy. It is the declared policy of the
state  of New York to protect the health, safety and welfare of children
attending what are commonly called  children's  overnight,  summer  day,
[and] traveling summer day, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps.
  S  2.  The  opening  paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 1392 of the
public health law is designated paragraph a and a  new  paragraph  b  is
added to read as follows:
  B.  "SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  CAMP"  SHALL MEAN A PROPERTY CONSISTING OF A
TRACT OF LAND AND ANY TENTS, VEHICLES,  BUILDINGS  OR  OTHER  STRUCTURES
THAT MAY BE PERTINENT TO ITS USE, ANY PART OF WHICH MAY BE OCCUPIED ON A
SCHEDULED  BASIS  AT ANY TIME BETWEEN JUNE FIRST AND SEPTEMBER FIFTEENTH
IN ANY YEAR BY CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE UNDER GENERAL  SUPER-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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VISION,  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF A SINGLE INDOOR  OR OUTDOOR ORGANIZED GROUP
ACTIVITY OR A SERIES OF SINGLE INDOOR OR OUTDOOR ORGANIZED GROUP  ACTIV-
ITIES,  INVOLVING  A  NONPASSIVE  RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WITH SIGNIFICANT
RISK  OF  INJURY,  AS  SUCH  ACTIVITIES ARE DEFINED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN
RULES AND REGULATIONS, FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN  TWENTY-FOUR  HOURS  ON
ANY  DAY, OPERATING FOR A TOTAL OF TWENTY OR MORE DAYS WHEN THE PROPERTY
IS SO OCCUPIED, AND ON WHICH NO PROVISIONS ARE MADE FOR OVERNIGHT  OCCU-
PANCY  BY SUCH CHILDREN. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO EXCEPT
BY RULE FROM THIS ARTICLE AND THE SANITARY CODE  A  PLACE,  FACILITY  OR
ACTIVITY THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE INTENT OF THIS DEFINITION.
  S 3. Section 1392-a of the public health law is REPEALED.
  S 4. Section 1393 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 439 of the laws of
2009, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1393. Permit requirements. 1. No person, firm, corporation, or asso-
ciation shall operate a children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling
summer  day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp without first obtaining a permit
from an officer.
  2. An officer shall issue a permit if,  after  inspection,  the  chil-
dren's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PUR-
POSE DAY camp is in compliance with this chapter and the sanitary  code.
All  permits  shall  expire  one  year from the date of issuance of such
permit or upon such earlier date as specified by such officer which date
shall in no event be earlier than the latest date that  such  camps  may
remain  open  pursuant  to  regulations  prescribed by the commissioner.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the responsibilities
and duties of compliance arising out of any other provision of law.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an officer in issuing a
permit may waive any requirement of the sanitary code setting a  minimum
standard of floor space per camper in a camp's sleeping quarters. Such a
waiver  may  be  granted upon written application therefor, and shall be
accompanied by a statement by the officer  of  the  specific  terms  and
conditions  under which the waiver shall have been granted. Such waivers
may be granted only to camps constructed prior to January  first,  nine-
teen  hundred seventy-five. An officer shall grant such waiver where the
application therefor is accompanied by a written  certification  by  the
local  health  officer of its need or desirability to avoid an immediate
undue hardship upon the operator which may result in the closing of  the
children's overnight camp to prospective campers, and a statement by the
local  health  officer that the granting of a waiver shall not present a
hazard to public health and safety. All such  waivers  shall  expire  on
December  thirty-first of the year in which they are granted, but may be
renewed for good and sufficient reason.
  4. The fee for a permit [shall be two hundred dollars, except that  no
fee  shall  be charged in the case of a children's overnight, summer day
or traveling summer day camp operated by a person, firm, corporation  or
association  for  charitable, philanthropic or religious purposes] FOR A
FOR-PROFIT CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPAC-
ITY  OF  TWO  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE THREE
HUNDRED DOLLARS, CAMPS WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF THREE HUNDRED CHILDREN
DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE FIVE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS,  CAMPS  WITH  A
MAXIMUM  CAPACITY OF FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN DURING A SINGLE SESSION SHALL
BE SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, AND CAMPS WITH A  MAXIMUM  CAPACITY  EXCEEDING
FIVE  HUNDRED  CHILDREN  DURING  A  SINGLE SESSION SHALL BE ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS. NO FEE SHALL BE CHARGED TO A CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER  DAY,

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TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP, OPERATED BY A MUNICI-
PALITY OR A PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION  OR  ASSOCIATION  FOR  CHARITABLE,
PHILANTHROPIC  OR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES.  THE FEES SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDI-
VISION  SHALL  EXCLUSIVELY  GOVERN ALL CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY,
TRAVELING SUMMER DAY, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY  CAMP  NOTWITHSTANDING  THE
PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER LAW TO THE CONTRARY, AND SHALL PREEMPT ANY LOCAL
LAW  OR  REGULATION  REQUIRING  THE  PAYMENT  OF  ANY  ADDITIONAL FEE TO
INSPECT, PERMIT, OR OPERATE ALL OR ANY PART OF A  CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,
SUMMER  DAY,  TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMP EXCEPT AS
EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.
  5. Any enrollment application forms and/or enrollment  contract  forms
mailed  or  delivered  to a person for purposes of enrollment of a child
for any children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camp  shall  contain or be accompanied by a written
statement which declares:
  (a) that such camp is required to be licensed by the [New York  state]
department [of health];
  (b)  that  [such  camp is required to be inspected twice yearly] CHIL-
DREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, TRAVELING SUMMER DAY OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
CAMPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN ACCORDANCE  WITH
SECTION THIRTEEN HUNDRED NINETY-THREE-A OF THIS ARTICLE; [and]
  (c)  the  address  where  inspection  reports concerning such camp are
filed[.]; AND
  (D) THAT SUCH CAMP IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE LIABILITY INSURANCE.
  S 5. The public health law is amended by adding a new  section  1393-a
to read as follows:
  S  1393-A.  INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS. 1. CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT CAMPS ARE
REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED TWICE YEARLY. CHILDREN'S SUMMER DAY  CAMPS  AND
TRAVELING  SUMMER  DAY CAMPS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED ONCE PER YEAR.
CHILDREN'S SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY CAMPS ARE  REQUIRED  TO  BE  INSPECTED  AT
LEAST ONCE PER YEAR.
  2.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISION  OF LAW, THE DEPARTMENT MAY
WAIVE ONE ANNUAL INSPECTION FOR ANY CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT, SUMMER DAY, OR
TRAVELING SUMMER DAY CAMP. IN CONTEMPLATION OF SUCH WAIVER, THE  DEPART-
MENT  SHOULD  GIVE PRIORITY TO CAMPS THAT ARE ACCREDITED BY AN ORGANIZA-
TION THAT THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS ACCEPTABLE, CAMPS THAT HAVE NO RECORD  OF
OUTBREAKS, INCIDENTS OR SAFETY PROBLEMS, CAMPS THAT HAVE BEEN RESPONSIVE
TO  THE  DEPARTMENT'S REQUESTS, CAMPS WITH EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP STAFF,
SMALLER CAMPS, AND CAMPS THAT OFFER MORE LOW-RISK ACTIVITIES.
  S 6. Subdivisions 1, 3 and 4 of section 1394 of the public health law,
subdivision 1 as added by chapter 515 of the laws of 2000, subdivision 3
as added by chapter 214 of the laws of 2012 and subdivision 4  as  added
by chapter 242 of the laws of 2013, are amended to read as follows:
  1.  The  public health council shall prescribe standards and establish
regulations for children's overnight, summer day [and], traveling summer
day, AND SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camps, as defined in this article,  concern-
ing  such  matters as may be appropriate for the protection and security
of the life, health and safety of the occupants of such camps.
  3. Any person, firm, corporation, or association that operates a chil-
dren's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-PUR-
POSE  DAY  camp,  and has obtained a permit pursuant to section thirteen
hundred ninety-three of this article, shall be authorized to  employ  or
contract  with  a  physician,  nurse  practitioner, physician assistant,
registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse or emergency medical tech-
nician to act as a designated camp health director or to provide  health

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services  in assistance to the camp health director pursuant to applica-
ble regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
  4. Each children's overnight camp, summer day camp, SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
CAMP  and travelling summer day camp shall allow children attending such
camp to carry and use topical sunscreen products approved by the federal
Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of
avoiding overexposure to the sun and not for  medical  treatment  of  an
injury or illness, with the written permission of the parent or guardian
of  the  child.  A  record of such permission shall be maintained by the
camp. A child who  is  unable  to  physically  apply  sunscreen  may  be
assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the child, if
permitted by a parent or guardian and authorized by the camp.
  S  7.  Section  1394-a of the public health law, as amended by chapter
428 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  S 1394-a. Requirement to check sex offender  registry.  Every  person,
firm, limited liability company, association and corporation which oper-
ates  a  CHILDREN'S  OVERNIGHT,  summer  day,  TRAVELING  SUMMER DAY, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp shall  be  required,  to  ascertain  whether  an
employee  or  volunteer  is  listed  on  the state sex offender registry
pursuant to article six-C of the correction law prior to  the  day  such
employee or volunteer commences work at said camp and annually thereaft-
er prior to their arrival at said camp.
  S 8. Section 1394-b of the public health law is REPEALED.
  S 9. Section 1395 of the public health law, as added by chapter 515 of
the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  S  1395.  Violations;  temporary  restraining order. 1. A violation of
this chapter or of the sanitary code in the operation  of  a  children's
overnight,  summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY
camp shall constitute  a  public  nuisance  which  may  be  enjoined  or
restrained.
  2.  When  an  officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there has been a
violation of this chapter or the sanitary code in  the  operation  of  a
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp which does not constitute a  public  health  hazard  as
defined  by the sanitary code, and that such violation has continued for
more than three days after  notice  of  the  violation  and  demand  for
discontinuance  and  abatement thereof has been served in writing on the
children's overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR  SINGLE-
PURPOSE  DAY  camp  operator in the manner prescribed for the service of
summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an officer may:
  (a) Conduct a hearing upon at least three days notice  served  on  the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b)  Make  a  determination  after  such  hearing  with respect to the
alleged violation or violations and have the power to assess a  fine  on
the  children's  overnight,  summer  day,  [or] traveling summer day, OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp operator not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars
for each violation for each day  succeeding  the  third  day  after  the
notice  of violation and demand for discontinuance and abatement thereof
has been given, and
  (c) With respect to the  hearing  set  forth  herein  the  officer  in
accordance  with  the  civil practice law and rules may: issue subpoena,
compel the attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths  to  witnesses,
and
  (d)  Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state of
New York for a temporary restraining order which  the  court  may  grant

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when  it  determines  that there is a violation which requires immediate
relief.
  3.  When  an  officer  has  cause  to  believe  that  there has been a
violation of this chapter or the sanitary code in  the  operation  of  A
children's  overnight, summer day, [or] traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-
PURPOSE DAY camp which constitutes a public health hazard as defined  by
the  sanitary code, and after notice of the violation has been served in
writing on the children's overnight, summer day, [or]  traveling  summer
day,  OR  SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY camp operator in the manner prescribed for
the service of summons set forth in the civil practice law and rules, an
officer may:
  (a) Conduct a hearing upon at least fifteen days notice in  accordance
with  the  provisions  of section twelve-a of this chapter served on the
camp operator in the manner prescribed for the service of summons as set
forth in the civil practice law and rules, and
  (b) Make a determination  after  such  hearing  with  respect  to  the
alleged  violation  or violations and have the power to assess a fine on
the children's overnight, summer day,  [or]  traveling  summer  day,  OR
SINGLE-PURPOSE  DAY  camp  operator in accordance with the provisions of
section twelve of this chapter for each violation, and
  (c) With respect to the  hearing  set  forth  herein  the  officer  in
accordance  with the civil practice law and rules may: issue A subpoena,
compel the attendance of witnesses, and administer oaths  to  witnesses,
and
  (d)  Make an ex parte application to the supreme court of the state of
New York for a temporary restraining order which  the  court  may  grant
when  it  determines  that there is a violation which requires immediate
relief.
  4. The officer may appoint one or more hearing officers  as  shall  be
necessary  to do or perform in his place or stead the acts authorized by
paragraphs (a) and (c) of subdivision two of this section.  The  hearing
officer  shall  make  findings of fact and submit recommendations to the
officer.
  5. An officer may institute proceedings to enjoin the  continuance  of
such  violation  or  the  continued  operation  of such camp. No bond or
undertaking shall be required of such officer in such proceedings and no
application to vacate or modify any judgment obtained  shall  be  enter-
tained  by any court without proof to such court that ten days notice of
such application, and copies of the papers upon which the application is
to be made, have been served upon such officer.
  6. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to  limit  the
duty or power of an officer to act with regard to an immediate threat to
the  health of the occupants of a children's overnight, summer day, [or]
traveling summer day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp  or  the  community  in
which it is located, or to alter or abridge any of the duties and powers
now  or  hereafter  existing  in the commissioner, state district health
officers, county boards of health, county  commissioners  of  health  or
local boards of health.
  7.  Nothing  contained  in this section shall be construed to limit or
preclude the officer from enforcing or pursuing any remedies  or  penal-
ties  available  under this chapter or THE sanitary code with respect to
violations which constitute a public health hazard  as  defined  by  the
sanitary code, in the operation of the children's overnight, summer day,
[or]  traveling  summer  day, OR SINGLE-PURPOSE DAY camp, including, but
not limited to, those remedies or  penalties  available  under  sections

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twelve, sixteen, two hundred six, two hundred twenty-nine, three hundred
nine, and three hundred forty-eight of this chapter.
  S  10.  This act shall take effect 1 year after it shall have become a
law.

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