|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to judiciary|
|May 02, 2013||referred to judiciary|
senate Bill S4962
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S4962 - Details
S4962 - Summary
Enacts the "equine activity safety code act"; provides that an equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, or any other person, which shall include a corporation or partnership, shall not be liable for an injury to or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, except under certain circumstances.
S4962 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4962 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general obligations law, in relation to the liability of persons involved in equine activities PURPOSE: This bill establishes guidelines for the conduct of participants, sponsors and professionals involved in the sport of horseback riding; to educate the public as to the inherent risks in the sport of horseback riding so as to minimize the risk of injury to persons engaged in the sport of horseback riding; to promote safety in the horseback riding industry, and to preserve the financial sustainability of the equine sponsors and equine professionals engaged in the horseback riding industry SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The General Obligations Law is amended by adding a new Article 18-B which creates the Equine Activity Safety Code, This bill defines not only those risks inherent to the sport for which liability protection will be afforded, but also establishes affirmative acts for which stable owners, activity sponsors, and equine businesses are responsible. This legislation requires detailed posting and notifications of persons engaging in equine activities concerning the inherent risks of the sport, and mandates that participants recognize these risks and accept responsibility for themselves when they choose to participate. JUSTIFICATION: Horseback riding as a sport and industry has enjoyed
S4962 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4962 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 2, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the general obligations law, in relation to the liabil- ity of persons involved in equine activities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that horseback riding is both a major recreational sport and a major industry within the state of New York. The legislature further finds: (1) that horseback riding, like many other sports, contains inherent risks including, but not limited to, the risks of personal injury, death or property damage, which may be caused by the propensity of equines to behave in ways that are not always controllable by the participant; the unpredictability of an equine's reaction to such things as sounds, sudden movements, and unfamiliar objects, persons or other animals; surface or subsurface conditions; collisions with other equines or objects; and the potential of a participant to act in a negligent manner; (2) that it is appropriate, as well as in the public interest, to establish certain duties and obligations of equine sponsors and equine professionals relative to the safety of the horseback riding public; and (3) that it is also necessary and appropriate that the public become apprised of and understand the risks inherent in the sport of horseback riding so that they may make an informed decision of wheth- er or not to participate in horseback riding notwithstanding the risks. Therefore, the purpose and intent of this act is to establish guidelines for the conduct of the participants, sponsors and professionals involved in the sport of horseback riding; to educate the public as to the inher- ent risks in the sport of horseback riding so as to minimize the risk of injury to persons engaged in the sport of horseback riding; to promote safety in the horseback riding industry; and to preserve the financial EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04926-01-3
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