senate Bill S8766A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Enacts "Harper's Law" requiring tip restraint devices on certain furniture

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2018 committed to rules
Jun 05, 2018 advanced to third reading
Jun 04, 2018 2nd report cal.
May 31, 2018 1st report cal.1433
May 24, 2018 print number 8766a
May 24, 2018 amend and recommit to consumer protection
May 15, 2018 referred to consumer protection

Votes

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May 31, 2018 - Consumer Protection committee Vote

S8766A
11
0
committee
11
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Consumer Protection Committee Vote: May 31, 2018

S8766 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7516
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S1627, A4421

S8766 - Summary

Enacts "Harper's Law" requiring tip restraint devices on certain furniture.

S8766 - Sponsor Memo

S8766 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8766

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the  general  business  law,  in  relation  to  enacting
  "Harper's Law" requiring tip restraint devices on certain furniture

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Harper's Law".
  § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section  399-
ii to read as follows:
  § 399-II. FURNITURE TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A)  "FURNITURE" SHALL MEAN A CLOTHING STORAGE UNIT THAT IS FREESTAND-
ING AND OVER TWENTY-FIVE INCHES IN HEIGHT INCLUDING BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO
CHESTS, DRESSERS, ARMOIRES, AND BUREAUS; AND
  (B)  "TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE" SHALL MEAN A MECHANISM THAT IS DESIGNED TO
REDUCE THE RISK OF FURNITURE TIPPING OVER. SUCH  MECHANISM  MAY  INCLUDE
STRAPS, WALL BRACKETS, STEEL CABLES, OR PLUG AND SCREW SETS.
  2. NO PERSON, FIRM, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPA-
NY,  CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY SHALL SELL OR OFFER TO SELL NEW FURNI-
TURE TO A CONSUMER AT RETAIL UNLESS THE RETAILER (A) MAINTAINS IN  STOCK
AND  PROMINENTLY  DISPLAYS WITHIN THE STORE TIP RESTRAINT DEVICES AVAIL-
ABLE FOR SALE THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH SUCH FURNITURE; AND (B)  POSTS  A
NOTICE, IN A CONSPICUOUS LOCATION WHICH MAY BE EASILY SEEN OR REACHED BY
CUSTOMERS,  THAT,  IN  LEGIBLE  FORMAT,  STATES:  "CERTAIN FURNITURE MAY
BECOME UNSTABLE AND TIP OVER, LEADING TO POSSIBLE INJURY OR  DEATH.  TIP
RESTRAINT  DEVICES  MAY  PREVENT  TIPPING  OF  FURNITURE  WHEN  PROPERLY
INSTALLED."
  3. THE PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  NOT  APPLY  TO  FURNITURE
PURCHASED THROUGH AN ONLINE RETAILER.
  4.  ANY  PERSON,  FIRM,  PARTNERSHIP,  ASSOCIATION,  LIMITED LIABILITY
COMPANY, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY THAT SELLS OR OFFERS TO  SELL  NEW
FURNITURE TO A CONSUMER AT RETAIL IN VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SECTION  SHALL  BE LIABLE FOR A CIVIL PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED
DOLLARS FOR EACH VIOLATION.
  § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

Co-Sponsors

S8766A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7516
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S1627, A4421

S8766A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "Harper's Law" requiring tip restraint devices on certain furniture.

S8766A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8766A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 8766--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Consumer  Protection  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the  general  business  law,  in  relation  to  enacting
  "Harper's Law" requiring tip restraint devices on certain furniture

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Harper's Law".
  § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section  399-
ii to read as follows:
  § 399-II. FURNITURE TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A)  "FURNITURE" SHALL MEAN A CLOTHING STORAGE UNIT THAT IS FREESTAND-
ING AND OVER TWENTY-FIVE INCHES IN HEIGHT INCLUDING BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO
CHESTS, DRESSERS, ARMOIRES, AND BUREAUS; AND
  (B)  "TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE" SHALL MEAN A MECHANISM THAT IS DESIGNED TO
REDUCE THE RISK OF FURNITURE TIPPING OVER. SUCH  MECHANISM  MAY  INCLUDE
STRAPS, WALL BRACKETS, STEEL CABLES, OR PLUG AND SCREW SETS.
  2. NO PERSON, FIRM, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPA-
NY,  CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY SHALL SELL OR OFFER TO SELL NEW FURNI-
TURE TO A CONSUMER AT RETAIL UNLESS THE RETAILER (A) MAINTAINS IN  STOCK
AND  PROMINENTLY  DISPLAYS WITHIN THE STORE TIP RESTRAINT DEVICES AVAIL-
ABLE FOR SALE THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH SUCH FURNITURE; AND (B)  POSTS  A
NOTICE, IN A CONSPICUOUS LOCATION WHICH MAY BE EASILY SEEN OR REACHED BY
CUSTOMERS,  THAT,  IN  LEGIBLE  FORMAT,  STATES:  "CERTAIN FURNITURE MAY
BECOME UNSTABLE AND TIP OVER, LEADING TO POSSIBLE INJURY OR  DEATH.  TIP
RESTRAINT  DEVICES  MAY  PREVENT  TIPPING  OF  FURNITURE  WHEN  PROPERLY
INSTALLED."  A RETAILER SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN IN  STOCK  AND
PROMINENTLY  DISPLAY  TIP RESTRAINT DEVICES PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION FOR
FURNITURE THAT IS OFFERED FOR  SALE  WITH  A  COMPATIBLE  TIP  RESTRAINT
DEVICE AS PART OF THE PURCHASE.
  3.  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  NOT  APPLY TO FURNITURE
PURCHASED THROUGH AN ONLINE RETAILER.

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

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