senate Bill S3267A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program to promote public health and safety

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 24, 2014 print number 3267a
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 31, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

S3267 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1873-a, amd §1005, Pub Auth L; amd §65, Pub Serv L; amd §740, Lab L; amd §75-b, Civ Serv L; amd §63, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1593A
2009-2010: A5200A

S3267 - Summary

Directs the NYS energy research and development authority and public and private operators of each nuclear-powered electric generating facility to establish a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program; makes related provisions as to elements of the program and provides that employees of such plants shall not be subject to retaliation; requires authority to investigate reported safety concerns; provides that whistleblowers shall have standing to litigate and may do so without exhaustion of administration remedies (view more) authorizes the attorney general to bring actions to enforce the labor law provisions.

S3267 - Sponsor Memo

S3267 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3267

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, the public service law, the
  labor law, the civil service law and the executive law, in relation to
  establishing a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program

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

  Section  1.  The legislature finds that safe operation of the publicly
and privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facilities with-
in the state is a matter of paramount public  concern.  The  legislature
further  finds  that  an essential component of any safety strategy is a
program which assures that employees who have  first-hand  knowledge  of
potential  safety problems can freely communicate their concerns without
fear of retaliation.  Although laws and regulations exist  at  both  the
state and federal level to protect whistleblowers, the legislature finds
that the purpose served by such laws will be furthered if an affirmative
program  exists  which encourages employees to come forward with safety-
related concerns. The legislature finds that the state, as the owner  of
the  power  plants  operated  by the power authority of the state of New
York, has an interest and obligation to ensure that such facilities  are
being managed in a way that provides the highest possible level of safe-
ty.    The  legislature  also  finds  that  the state has an interest in
protecting and an obligation to protect its citizens from  the  possible
hazards  of  privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facili-
ties.
  S 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
1873-a to read as follows:
  S  1873-A.  NUCLEAR  WHISTLEBLOWER  ACCESS AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.  1.
"EMPLOYEES AT A  NUCLEAR-POWERED  ELECTRIC  GENERATING  FACILITY"  MEANS
THOSE  PERSONS  EMPLOYED AT PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY OWNED NUCLEAR-POWERED

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01554-01-3

S3267A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1873-a, amd §1005, Pub Auth L; amd §65, Pub Serv L; amd §740, Lab L; amd §75-b, Civ Serv L; amd §63, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1593A
2009-2010: A5200A

S3267A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the NYS energy research and development authority and public and private operators of each nuclear-powered electric generating facility to establish a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program; makes related provisions as to elements of the program and provides that employees of such plants shall not be subject to retaliation; requires authority to investigate reported safety concerns; provides that whistleblowers shall have standing to litigate and may do so without exhaustion of administration remedies (view more) authorizes the attorney general to bring actions to enforce the labor law provisions.

S3267A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3267A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 3267--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations  --  recommitted  to  the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
  cations 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 authorities law, the public service law, the
  labor law, the civil service law and the executive law, in relation to
  establishing a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program

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

  Section  1.  The legislature finds that safe operation of the publicly
and privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facilities with-
in the state is a matter of paramount public  concern.  The  legislature
further  finds  that  an essential component of any safety strategy is a
program which assures that employees who have  first-hand  knowledge  of
potential  safety problems can freely communicate their concerns without
fear of retaliation.  Although laws and regulations exist  at  both  the
state and federal level to protect whistleblowers, the legislature finds
that the purpose served by such laws will be furthered if an affirmative
program  exists  which encourages employees to come forward with safety-
related concerns. The legislature finds that the state, as the owner  of
the  power  plants  operated  by the power authority of the state of New
York, has an interest and obligation to ensure that such facilities  are
being managed in a way that provides the highest possible level of safe-
ty.    The  legislature  also  finds  that  the state has an interest in
protecting and an obligation to protect its citizens from  the  possible
hazards  of  privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facili-
ties.
  S 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
1873-a to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01554-02-4

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