senate Bill S3831A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes parameters of civil liability for persons involved in equine activities

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 23, 2018 print number 3831a
Feb 23, 2018 amend and recommit to judiciary
Jan 03, 2018 referred to judiciary
Jan 27, 2017 referred to judiciary

Co-Sponsors

S3831 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4366
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
General Obligations Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 18-C §§18-401 - 18-405, Gen Ob L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2412, A6032
2011-2012: S795, A10014
2013-2014: S4962, A1513
2015-2016: S1823, A1476

S3831 - 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.

S3831 - Sponsor Memo

S3831 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3831

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 27, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RITCHIE, O'MARA, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Judici-
  ary

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.

Co-Sponsors

S3831A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4366
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
General Obligations Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 18-C §§18-401 - 18-405, Gen Ob L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2412, A6032
2011-2012: S795, A10014
2013-2014: S4962, A1513
2015-2016: S1823, A1476

S3831A (ACTIVE) - 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.

S3831A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3831A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 3831--A

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 27, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RITCHIE, O'MARA, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Judici-
  ary  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Judiciary 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 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

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

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