senate Bill S4542

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Implements the New York propane education and safety act

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Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.728
Feb 10, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
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Jun 11, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1281
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Apr 10, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

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May 13, 2014 - Finance committee Vote

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Feb 10, 2014 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Jun 11, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

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Apr 23, 2013 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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S4542 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9212
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Energy Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14 §§14-101 - 14-109, Energy L; add §391-aa, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S151, A377
2009-2010: S7883, A7797

S4542 - Bill Texts

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Implements the New York propane education and safety act; authorizes the creation of certain propane education programs; requires the creation of a New York propane education and safety council; enumerates the duties and purposes of the New York propane education and safety council.

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BILL NUMBER:S4542

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to
implementing the New York propane education and safety act; and to
amend the general business law, in relation to consumer protections
for liquefied petroleum gas systems

PURPOSE:

To establish the New York Propane Education and Safety Act to promote
education, training, safety, and consumer protections relating to
propane and propane systems; and to require certain training for
individuals involved in the installation, inspection or service of
propane systems.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill adds a new Article 14 to the Energy Law to
establish the New York Propane Education and Safety Act.

Section 2 of the bill adds a new section to the general business law
relating to training for individuals involved in the installation,
inspection or service of liquefied petroleum gas systems and other
consumer protections.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 1996, the federal government recognized the importance of the
propane gas industry when it acted to authorize and facilitate a
program to enhance safety, training, research, development, and safety
education in the propane gas industry for the benefit of propane
customers and the public. This measure at the federal level provides
funding for these important purposes. However, only a portion of these
funds are made available for New York.

Here in New York, additional funding of this type would provide
greater training, education, and consumer awareness opportunities. By
establishing the New York Propane Education and Safety Act, this
legislation will make additional money available for various projects
such as increased training of industry, fire personnel and local code
officials. This measure will improve safety and awareness across the
state.

Further, this bill will establish new consumer protections such as
training and disclosure requirements for individuals involved in the
installation, inspection or service of propane systems.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  4542

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 10, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the energy law, in relation to implementing the New York
  propane  education  and  safety act; and to amend the general business
  law, in relation to consumer protections for liquefied  petroleum  gas
  systems

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

  Section 1. The energy law is amended by adding a  new  article  14  to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 14
                NEW YORK PROPANE EDUCATION AND SAFETY ACT
SECTION 14-101. SHORT TITLE.
        14-102. DEFINITIONS.
        14-103. REFERENDUM; CREATION AND TERMINATION OF A PROGRAM.
        14-104. NEW YORK PROPANE EDUCATION AND SAFETY COUNCIL.
        14-105. ASSESSMENTS.
        14-106. COMPLIANCE.
        14-107. LOBBYING RESTRICTIONS.
        14-108. PRICING.
        14-109. RELATION TO OTHER PROGRAMS.
  S 14-101. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS
THE NEW YORK PROPANE EDUCATION AND SAFETY ACT.
  S  14-102.  DEFINITIONS.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  ARTICLE, UNLESS THE
CONTEXT OTHERWISE REQUIRES:
  1. "COUNCIL" MEANS A NEW YORK PROPANE  EDUCATION  AND  SAFETY  COUNCIL
CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-104 OF THIS ARTICLE;
  2. "PRESIDENT" MEANS THE CHAIRMAN OF NYSERDA OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02068-03-3

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  3.  "EDUCATION"  MEANS  ANY  ACTION  TO  PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING
PROPANE, PROPANE EQUIPMENT,  MECHANICAL  AND  TECHNICAL  PRACTICES,  AND
PROPANE USES TO CONSUMERS, AND MEMBERS OF THE PROPANE INDUSTRY;
  4.  "INDUSTRY"  MEANS THOSE PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION, TRANS-
PORTATION, AND SALE OF PROPANE, AND THE MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION  OF
PROPANE UTILIZATION EQUIPMENT;
  5. "INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION" MEANS AN ORGANIZATION EXEMPT FROM TAX,
UNDER  SECTION  501(C)(3)  OR  501(C)(6) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF
1986, REPRESENTING THE PROPANE INDUSTRY;
  6. "NYSERDA" MEANS THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY AND RESEARCH  DEVELOPMENT
AUTHORITY;
  7. "ODORIZED PROPANE" MEANS PROPANE WHICH HAS AN ODORANT ADDED TO IT;
  8.  "PRODUCER"  MEANS THE OWNER OF PROPANE AT THE TIME IT IS RECOVERED
AT A GAS PROCESSING PLANT OR REFINERY; IRRESPECTIVE OF THE  STATE  WHERE
PRODUCTION OCCURS;
  9.  "PROPANE" MEANS A HYDROCARBON WHOSE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION IS PREDO-
MINATELY C3H8, WHETHER RECOVERED FROM NATURAL  GAS  OR  CRUDE  OIL,  AND
INCLUDES LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GASES AND MIXTURES THEREOF;
  10.  "PUBLIC MEMBER" MEANS A DESIGNEE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK
STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY;
  11. "QUALIFIED INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION" MEANS THE NEW YORK  PROPANE  GAS
ASSOCIATION,  THE  NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION, A SUCCESSOR ASSOCI-
ATION OF THESE ASSOCIATIONS, OR ANY OTHER PROPANE INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION;
  12. "RESEARCH" MEANS ANY TYPE OF STUDY, INVESTIGATION OR OTHER  ACTIV-
ITIES DESIGNED TO ADVANCE THE IMAGE, DESIRABILITY, USAGE, MARKETABILITY,
EFFICIENCY, AND SAFETY OF PROPANE AND TO FURTHER THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH
INFORMATION;
  13.  "RETAIL MARKETER" MEANS A PERSON ENGAGED PRIMARILY IN THE SALE OF
ODORIZED PROPANE TO THE ULTIMATE CONSUMER OR TO RETAIL  PROPANE  DISPEN-
SERS; AND
  14.  "RETAIL  PROPANE  DISPENSER"  MEANS  A  PERSON WHO SELLS ODORIZED
PROPANE TO THE ULTIMATE CONSUMER BUT IS NOT  ENGAGED  PRIMARILY  IN  THE
BUSINESS OF SUCH SALES.
  S 14-103. REFERENDUM; CREATION AND TERMINATION OF A PROGRAM. 1.  QUAL-
IFIED  INDUSTRY  ORGANIZATIONS  SHALL  CONDUCT  AT  THEIR OWN EXPENSE, A
REFERENDUM AMONG PRODUCERS AND RETAIL MARKETERS FOR THE  CREATION  OF  A
NEW  YORK  PROPANE  EDUCATION AND SAFETY COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL, IF ESTAB-
LISHED, SHALL REIMBURSE THE QUALIFIED  INDUSTRY  ORGANIZATIONS  FOR  THE
COST  OF  THE  REFERENDUM  ACCOUNTING  AND DOCUMENTATION. THE REFERENDUM
SHALL BE CONDUCTED BY AN INDEPENDENT AUDITING  FIRM  AGREED  TO  BY  THE
QUALIFIED  INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS. THE RESULTS, AS CERTIFIED BY AN INDE-
PENDENT AUDITING FIRM, SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE PRESIDENT WITHIN THIRTY
DAYS OF CERTIFICATION. VOTING RIGHTS IN THE REFERENDUM SHALL BE BASED ON
THE VOLUME OF PROPANE PRODUCED OR ODORIZED PROPANE SOLD IN THE  PREVIOUS
CALENDAR YEAR. UPON APPROVAL OF THOSE PERSONS REPRESENTING TWO-THIRDS OF
THE  TOTAL  VALUE  OF  PROPANE  VOTED  IN  THE RETAIL MARKETER CLASS AND
TWO-THIRDS OF ALL PROPANE VOTED IN THE PRODUCER CLASS, THE COUNCIL SHALL
BE ESTABLISHED, AND SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO LEVY AN ASSESSMENT  ON  ODOR-
IZED  PROPANE  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  SECTION 14-105 OF THIS ARTICLE. ALL
PERSONS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM SHALL CERTIFY TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDIT-
ING FIRM THE VOLUME OF PROPANE REPRESENTED BY THEIR VOTE.
  2. ON THE COUNCIL'S OWN INITIATIVE, OR ON PETITION TO THE  COUNCIL  BY
PRODUCERS  AND  RETAIL MARKETERS REPRESENTING THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE
VOLUME OF PROPANE IN EACH CLASS, THE COUNCIL SHALL, AT ITS OWN  EXPENSE,
HOLD  A  REFERENDUM  TO  BE  CONDUCTED  BY  AN INDEPENDENT AUDITING FIRM
SELECTED BY THE COUNCIL, TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE INDUSTRY FAVORS TERMI-

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NATION OR SUSPENSION OF THE COUNCIL. TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION SHALL NOT
TAKE EFFECT UNLESS IT IS APPROVED  BY  PERSONS  REPRESENTING  MORE  THAN
ONE-HALF  OF THE TOTAL VOLUME OF ODORIZED PROPANE IN THE RETAIL MARKETER
CLASS AND MORE THAN ONE-HALF THE TOTAL VOLUME OF PROPANE IN THE PRODUCER
CLASS.
  S 14-104. NEW YORK PROPANE EDUCATION AND SAFETY COUNCIL. 1. THE QUALI-
FIED  INDUSTRY  ORGANIZATIONS  SHALL SELECT ALL RETAIL MARKETERS MEMBERS
AND PRODUCER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. THE PRESIDENT SHALL  DESIGNATE  ONE
PUBLIC  MEMBER.  VACANCIES  IN  THE  UNFINISHED TERMS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
SHALL BE FILLED IN THE SAME MANNER AS WERE THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
  2. IN SELECTING MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, THE QUALIFIED INDUSTRY  ORGAN-
IZATIONS  SHALL GIVE DUE REGARD TO SELECTING A COUNCIL THAT IS REPRESEN-
TATIVE OF THE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING REPRESENTATION OF:
  (A) GAS PROCESSORS AND OIL REFINERS AMONG PRODUCERS;
  (B) INTERSTATE AND INTRASTATE OPERATORS AMONG RETAIL MARKETERS;
  (C) LARGE AND SMALL COMPANIES AMONG PRODUCERS  AND  RETAIL  MARKETERS,
INCLUDING AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES; AND
  (D) DIVERSE GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS OF THE STATE.
  3.  THE  COUNCIL  SHALL  CONSIST  OF NO LESS THAN FIVE AND UP TO SEVEN
MEMBERS, WITH NO LESS THAN FOUR  AND  UP  TO  SIX  MEMBERS  REPRESENTING
RETAIL  MARKETERS  AND  PRODUCERS, AND ONE PUBLIC MEMBER. OTHER THAN THE
PUBLIC MEMBER, COUNCIL MEMBERS SHALL BE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES OR OWNERS OF
BUSINESSES IN THE INDUSTRY OR REPRESENTATIVES  OF  AGRICULTURAL  COOPER-
ATIVES.  NO EMPLOYEE OF A QUALIFIED INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION SHALL SERVE AS
A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL, AND NO MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL MAY SERVE  CONCUR-
RENTLY  AS  AN OFFICER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF A QUALIFIED INDUSTRY
ORGANIZATION OR OTHER TRADE ASSOCIATION. ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME  FROM
ANY COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATE MAY SERVE ON THE COUNCIL. THE PRESIDENT MAY
SERVE AS AN EX-OFFICIO NON-VOTING MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL.
  4.  COUNCIL  MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES,
NOR SHALL COUNCIL MEMBERS BE REIMBURSED FOR EXPENSES RELATING  TO  THEIR
SERVICE, EXCEPT THAT PUBLIC MEMBERS, UPON REQUEST, MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR
REASONABLE  EXPENSES  DIRECTLY RELATED TO THEIR PARTICIPATION IN COUNCIL
MEETINGS.
  5. COUNCIL MEMBERS SHALL SERVE TERMS OF THREE YEARS AND MAY NOT  SERVE
MORE  THAN  TWO  FULL CONSECUTIVE TERMS. MEMBERS FILLING UNEXPIRED TERMS
MAY SERVE NOT MORE THAN A  TOTAL  OF  SEVEN  CONSECUTIVE  YEARS.  FORMER
MEMBERS  OF  THE COUNCIL MAY BE RETURNED TO THE COUNCIL IF THEY HAVE NOT
BEEN MEMBERS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO  YEARS.  INITIAL  APPOINTMENTS  TO  THE
COUNCIL  SHALL  BE  FOR  TERMS OF ONE, TWO, AND THREE YEARS STAGGERED TO
PROVIDE FOR THE SELECTION OF FOUR MEMBERS EACH YEAR. THE  COUNCIL  SHALL
NOTIFY  THE  PRESIDENT  OF THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND PROPANE-RELATED AFFIL-
IATION, IF ANY, OF  A  COUNCIL  MEMBER  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  AFTER  THE
APPOINTMENT OF THE MEMBER TO THE COUNCIL.
  6.  THE  COUNCIL  SHALL  DEVELOP  PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS AND ENTER INTO
CONTRACTS  OR  AGREEMENTS  FOR  IMPLEMENTING  THIS  ARTICLE,   INCLUDING
PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE CONSUMER AND EMPLOYEE SAFETY AND TRAINING, WHICH MAY
INCLUDE  THE TRAINING REQUIRED BY SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE-AA OF
THE GENERAL BUSINESS LAW, TO PROVIDE FOR  RESEARCH  AND  DEVELOPMENT  OF
CLEAN AND EFFICIENT PROPANE UTILIZATION EQUIPMENT, TO INFORM AND EDUCATE
THE  PUBLIC  ABOUT  SAFETY  AND  OTHER ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF
PROPANE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE COSTS THEREOF WITH  FUNDS
COLLECTED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS  ARTICLE. THE COUNCIL SHALL COORDINATE ITS
ACTIVITIES WITH INDUSTRY TRADE  ASSOCIATIONS,  HUDSON  VALLEY  COMMUNITY
COLLEGE,  OTHER  COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND OTHERS AS APPROPRIATE TO PROVIDE

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EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF SERVICES AND TO AVOID UNNECESSARY  DUPLICATION  OF
ACTIVITIES.
  7.  ISSUES RELATED TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, SAFETY, EDUCATION, AND
TRAINING SHALL BE GIVEN PRIORITY BY THE COUNCIL IN  THE  DEVELOPMENT  OF
ITS PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS.
  8.  THE  COUNCIL SHALL SELECT FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A CHAIRPERSON AND
OTHER OFFICERS AS NECESSARY, MAY ESTABLISH COMMITTEES AND  SUBCOMMITTEES
OF  THE  COUNCIL,  AND  SHALL  ADOPT RULES AND BYLAWS FOR THE CONDUCT OF
BUSINESS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION  OF  THIS  ARTICLE.  THE  COUNCIL  SHALL
ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR THE SOLICITATION OF INDUSTRY COMMENT AND RECOM-
MENDATIONS ON ANY SIGNIFICANT PLANS, PROGRAMS, AND PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED
BY THE COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL MAY ESTABLISH ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF PERSONS
OTHER THAN COUNCIL MEMBERS.
  9. AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH FISCAL PERIOD, THE COUNCIL SHALL PREPARE A
BUDGET  PLAN  FOR THE NEXT FISCAL PERIOD, INCLUDING THE PROBABLE COST OF
ALL PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND CONTRACTS AND A RECOMMENDED RATE OF  ASSESS-
MENT  SUFFICIENT  TO  COVER  SUCH  COSTS.  THE  COUNCIL SHALL SUBMIT THE
PROPOSED BUDGET TO THE PRESIDENT FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT.  THE  PRESIDENT
MAY RECOMMEND PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE.
  10.  THE  COUNCIL  SHALL KEEP MINUTES, BOOKS, AND RECORDS THAT CLEARLY
REFLECT ALL OF THE ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL AND MAKE  PUBLIC
SUCH  INFORMATION. THE BOOKS OF THE COUNCIL SHALL BE AUDITED BY A CERTI-
FIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT AT LEAST ONCE EACH FISCAL YEAR AND AT SUCH  OTHER
TIMES  AS  THE  COUNCIL MAY DESIGNATE. THE EXPENSE OF THE AUDIT SHALL BE
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF  THE  COUNCIL.  COPIES  OF  SUCH  AUDIT  SHALL  BE
PROVIDED TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, ALL QUALIFIED INDUSTRY ORGANIZA-
TIONS, AND TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY UPON REQUEST.
  S  14-105.  ASSESSMENTS. 1. THE COUNCIL SHALL SET THE ASSESSMENT AT NO
GREATER THAN ONE-TENTH OF ONE CENT PER GALLON OF ODORIZED PROPANE.
  2. THE OWNER OF ODORIZED PROPANE AT THE TIME OF  ODORIZATION,  OR  THE
TIME  OF  IMPORT  OF ODORIZED PROPANE SHALL MAKE THE ASSESSMENT BASED ON
THE VOLUME OF ODORIZED PROPANE SOLD. THE ASSESSMENT, WHEN MADE, SHALL BE
LISTED AS A SEPARATE LINE ITEM ON THE BILL  LABELED  "NEW  YORK  PROPANE
EDUCATION  AND SAFETY ASSESSMENT". ASSESSMENTS COLLECTED FROM PURCHASERS
OF PROPANE ARE PAYABLE TO THE COUNCIL ON A MONTHLY BASIS BY THE  TWENTY-
FIFTH OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE MONTH OF COLLECTION.
  IF  PAYMENT  IS  NOT  MADE  TO  THE COUNCIL BY THE DUE DATE UNDER THIS
SUBDIVISION, AN INTEREST PENALTY OF ONE PERCENT  OF  ANY  AMOUNT  UNPAID
SHALL BE ADDED FOR EACH MONTH OR FRACTION OF A MONTH AFTER THE DUE DATE,
UNTIL FINAL PAYMENT IS MADE.
  3.  THE  COUNCIL  MAY ESTABLISH AN ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF COLLECTING THE
ASSESSMENT IF ANOTHER MEANS IS FOUND TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE.
THE COUNCIL MAY ESTABLISH A LATE PAYMENT CHARGE AND RATE OF INTEREST  TO
BE  IMPOSED  ON  ANY PERSON WHO FAILS TO REMIT OR PAY TO THE COUNCIL ANY
AMOUNT DUE UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
  4. PENDING DISBURSEMENT PURSUANT TO A PROGRAM, PLAN, OR  PROJECT,  THE
COUNCIL  SHALL INVEST FUNDS COLLECTED THROUGH ASSESSMENTS, AND ANY OTHER
FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL, ONLY IN OBLIGATIONS OF THE UNITED  STATES
OR  ANY AGENCY THEREOF, IN GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF ANY STATE OR POLITICAL
SUBDIVISION THEREOF, IN ANY INTEREST-BEARING ACCOUNT OR  CERTIFICATE  OF
DEPOSIT  OF A BANK THAT IS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM, OR IN
OBLIGATIONS FULLY GUARANTEED AS TO PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST BY THE  UNITED
STATES.
  S  14-106.  COMPLIANCE. THE SUPREME COURT IS VESTED WITH THE JURISDIC-
TION SPECIFICALLY TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE, AND PREVENT
OR RESTRAIN ANY PERSON FROM VIOLATING ANY SUCH PROVISION.  A  SUCCESSFUL

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ACTION FOR COMPLIANCE UNDER THIS SECTION MAY ALSO REQUIRE PAYMENT BY THE
DEFENDANT OF THE COSTS INCURRED BY THE COUNCIL IN BRINGING THE ACTION.
  S  14-107.  LOBBYING  RESTRICTIONS.  NO FUNDS COLLECTED BY THE COUNCIL
SHALL BE USED IN ANY MANNER FOR INFLUENCING  LEGISLATION  OR  ELECTIONS,
EXCEPT  THAT  THE COUNCIL MAY RECOMMEND TO THE PRESIDENT CHANGES IN THIS
ARTICLE OR OTHER STATUTES THAT WOULD FURTHER THE PURPOSE OF  THIS  ARTI-
CLE.
  S  14-108. PRICING. IN ALL CASES, THE PRICE OF PROPANE SHALL BE DETER-
MINED BY MARKET FORCES. CONSISTENT WITH THE ANTITRUST LAWS, THE  COUNCIL
MAY TAKE NO ACTION, NOR MAY ANY PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE BE INTERPRETED
AS  ESTABLISHING AN AGREEMENT TO PASS ALONG TO CONSUMERS THE COST OF THE
ASSESSMENT PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 14-105 OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S 14-109. RELATION TO OTHER PROGRAMS. NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE  MAY  BE
CONSTRUED  TO PREEMPT OR SUPERSEDE ANY OTHER PROGRAM RELATING TO PROPANE
EDUCATION AND SAFETY ORGANIZED AND OPERATED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE  STATE
OF NEW YORK.
  S  2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 391-
aa to read as follows:
  S 391-AA. LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEMS; CONSUMER PROTECTIONS.    1.
ON  OR  AFTER  JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, NO LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM
GAS MARKETER OR ANY OTHER  PERSON  SHALL  INSTALL,  INSPECT  OR  SERVICE
LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM  GAS  SYSTEMS  IN  NEW  YORK STATE OR HOLD HIMSELF,
HERSELF OR ITSELF OUT TO BE QUALIFIED OR ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO  INSTALL,
INSPECT  OR  SERVICE  LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK STATE
WITHOUT FIRST  SUCCESSFULLY  COMPLETING  THE  FOLLOWING  PORTIONS  OF  A
PROPANE  SAFETY  AND TRAINING PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE PROPANE EDUCATION AND
RESEARCH COUNCIL'S CERTIFIED EMPLOYEE TRAINING PROGRAM, AS AMENDED  FROM
TIME TO TIME:
  A. BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF PROPANE (ALSO KNOWN AS BOOK 1.0);
  B. DESIGNING AND INSTALLING EXTERIOR VAPOR DISTRIBUTIONS SYSTEMS (ALSO
KNOWN AS BOOK 4.1);
  C.  PLACING  VAPOR  DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES INTO OPERATION
(ALSO KNOWN AS BOOK 4.2);
  D. INSTALLING APPLIANCES AND INTERIOR VAPOR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (ALSO
KNOWN AS BOOK 4.3); AND
  E. DESIGNING AND INSTALLING DISPENSER TRANSFER SYSTEMS (ALSO KNOWN  AS
BOOK 5.1);
SUCH  TRAINING  SHALL BE PROVIDED BY A QUALIFIED PROPANE INDUSTRY ORGAN-
IZATION.
  2.  WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS  SECTION,  EVERY
LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM  GAS MARKETER OR ANY OTHER PERSON HIRED TO INSTALL,
INSPECT, OR SERVICE A LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEM SHALL POST ON  HIS,
HER,  OR  ITS WEBSITE, IF SUCH A WEBSITE IS MAINTAINED, AN INDICATION OF
WHETHER THE TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY  THE
INDIVIDUALS  THAT WILL BE PERFORMING SUCH WORK.  PRIOR TO COMMENCING THE
INSTALLATION, INSPECTION OR SERVICE OF A LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEM,
A LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MARKETER OR ANY OTHER PERSON HIRED TO  PERFORM
SUCH  WORK  SHALL  PROVIDE  THE  CUSTOMER  OR PROSPECTIVE CUSTOMER, UPON
REQUEST, A WRITTEN NOTICE THAT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT  WILL  PERFORM  SUCH
WORK HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  3.  IN  THE EVENT THAT A LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MARKETER OR ANY OTHER
PERSON HIRED TO INSTALL, INSPECT OR SERVICE A  LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM  GAS
SYSTEM  PERFORMS  SUCH  WORK WITHOUT HAVING FIRST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED
THE TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION,  SUCH  LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM  GAS
MARKETER  OR  SUCH OTHER PERSON SHALL BE CIVILLY LIABLE FOR ANY PROPERTY

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DAMAGE, INJURY OR DEATH  CAUSED  BY  SUCH  INSTALLATION,  INSPECTION  OR
SERVICE.
  4.  IT IS HEREBY DECLARED TO BE A DECEPTIVE TRADE ACT AND PRACTICE AND
UNLAWFUL FOR ANY LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MARKETER OR ANY OTHER PERSON TO
HOLD HIMSELF, HERSELF OR  ITSELF  OUT  TO  BE  QUALIFIED  OR  ADEQUATELY
TRAINED  TO  INSTALL, INSPECT OR SERVICE LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEMS
IN NEW YORK STATE WITHOUT FIRST  SUCCESSFULLY  COMPLETING  THE  TRAINING
REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
  5.  NOTHING  IN  THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO ALTER OR SUPERSEDE
ANY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES  SET  FORTH  IN
THE FIRE CODE OF NEW YORK STATE OR THE FUEL GAS CODE OF NEW YORK STATE.
  6. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE
FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A.  "PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY NATURAL PERSON, SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP, PART-
NERSHIP, CORPORATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, TRUST, INCORPORATED  OR
UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATION, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL ENTITY.
  B.  "LIQUEFIED  PETROLEUM  GAS"  SHALL MEAN LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS AS
SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED NINETY-TWO-E OF THE AGRICUL-
TURE AND MARKETS LAW.
  C. "LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN ANY SYSTEM,  EQUIPMENT,
OR  COMPONENT,  INDIVIDUALLY  OR  COLLECTIVELY,  THAT UTILIZES LIQUEFIED
PETROLEUM GAS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A STORAGE CONTAINER,  STORAGE
CYLINDER,  END POINT OR POINTS OF COMBUSTION, APPLIANCES AND ALL ATTACH-
MENTS UTILIZING OR TRANSPORTING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.
  D. "LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MARKETER" SHALL MEAN ANY  NATURAL  PERSON,
SOLE  PROPRIETORSHIP, PARTNERSHIP, CORPORATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPA-
NY, TRUST, INCORPORATED OR  UNINCORPORATED  ASSOCIATION,  OR  ANY  OTHER
LEGAL  ENTITY ENGAGED DIRECTLY IN THE RETAIL SALE OR RETAIL TRANSPORT OF
LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.
  E. "QUALIFIED PROPANE INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION" SHALL MEAN THE  NEW  YORK
PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION, A SUCCES-
SOR  ORGANIZATION  OF  THESE ASSOCIATIONS, OR ANY OTHER PROPANE INDUSTRY
ORGANIZATION AUTHORIZED TO  DO  BUSINESS  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE  THAT  IS
DESIGNED  PRIMARILY  TO  PROVIDE  INFORMATION REGARDING PROPANE, PROPANE
EQUIPMENT, MECHANICAL AND  TECHNICAL  PRACTICES,  AND  PROPANE  USES  TO
CONSUMERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PROPANE INDUSTRY.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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