senate Bill S4059

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all SUNY dormitories

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S4059 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §378, Exec L; add §215-d, Ed L

S4059 - Bill Texts

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Requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all SUNY dormitories.

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BILL NUMBER:S4059

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law and the education
law, in relation to requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all SUNY
dormitories

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: To require that every room used
for sleeping purposes in any building, owned or used by any school,
college or university of the State University of New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 5-b requires that in every room used for sleeping purposes in
any building, owned or used by any school, college or university of
the State University of New York.

Section 215-d requires carbon monoxide detectors in dorm rooms. The
board of regents shall require that carbon monoxide detectors be
installed in every room used for sleeping purposes in a building owned
or used by any school, college or university of the State University
of New York. In addition to the installation of carbon monoxide
detectors, the board of regents shall ensure that each detector is
inspected and tested at least semiannually. Any detector that is found
to be inoperable, inadequate or missing shall be replaced immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning leads to
approximately 500 deaths and 15,000 emergency room visits nationwide.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating.
Carbon monoxide has widely become known as the "silent killer"If
initial symptoms of CO poisoning are ignored, individuals may lose
consciousness, making danger inescapable, and possibly leading to
death.

Recently, hundreds of students were evacuated from a University at
Buffalo dormitory and several were hospitalized due to a build up of
potentially deadly carbon monoxide. This could have been prevented if
carbon monoxide detectors had been in place an functioning properly.

This act will provide additional safety measures to the hundreds of
thousands of State University of New York students living in
dormitories across the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Subdivision 5-a of section 378 of
executive law as amended by chapter 367 of the laws of 2009, is
amended to read as follows.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS; To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 90th day after it shall
have become law.

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

                                  4059

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the education law, in relation  to
  requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all SUNY dormitories

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 5-a of section 378 of  the  executive  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  367  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  5-a. Standards for installation of carbon monoxide detectors requiring
that every one or two-family dwelling,  or  any  dwelling  accommodation
located in a building owned as a condominium or cooperative in the state
or any multiple dwellings shall have installed an operable carbon monox-
ide  detector  of such manufacture, design and installation standards as
are established by the council. Carbon monoxide  detectors  required  by
this  section  are required: (A) only where the dwelling unit has appli-
ances, devices or systems that  may  emit  carbon  monoxide  or  has  an
attached  garage;  AND (B) IN EVERY ROOM USED FOR SLEEPING PURPOSES IN A
BUILDING OWNED OR USED BY ANY SCHOOL,  COLLEGE,  OR  UNIVERSITY  OF  THE
STATE  UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.  For purposes of this subdivision, multi-
ple dwelling means a dwelling which is either  rented,  leased,  let  or
hired  out, to be occupied, or is occupied as the temporary or permanent
residence or home of three or more families living independently of each
other, including but not limited to  the  following:  a  tenement,  flat
house,  maisonette  apartment, apartment house, apartment hotel, tourist
house, bachelor apartment, studio apartment, duplex apartment,  kitchen-
ette  apartment,  hotel,  lodging  house, rooming house, boarding house,
boarding and nursery school, furnished room house, club, sorority house,
fraternity house, college and school dormitory, convalescent, old age or
nursing homes or residences. It shall also include a  dwelling,  two  or
more stories in height, and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodg-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09188-01-3

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ers  residing  with  any  one  family. New construction shall mean a new
facility or a separate building added to an existing facility.
  S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 215-d to
read as follows:
  S 215-D. CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN DORM ROOMS. THE BOARD OF REGENTS
SHALL REQUIRE THAT CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS BE INSTALLED IN EVERY  ROOM
USED  FOR  SLEEPING  PURPOSES IN A BUILDING OWNED OR USED BY ANY SCHOOL,
COLLEGE, OR UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. IN  ADDITION
TO  THE  INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, THE BOARD OF REGENTS
SHALL ENSURE THAT EACH DETECTOR IS INSPECTED AND TESTED AT LEAST SEMIAN-
NUALLY. ANY DETECTOR THAT IS FOUND  TO  BE  INOPERABLE,  INADEQUATE,  OR
MISSING SHALL BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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