assembly Bill A4421B

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 30, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.545
substituted for s1627b
referred to consumer protection
delivered to senate
passed assembly
May 20, 2019 amended on third reading 4421b
May 06, 2019 amended on third reading 4421a
Mar 14, 2019 advanced to third reading cal.139
Mar 12, 2019 reported
Mar 05, 2019 reported referred to codes
Feb 04, 2019 referred to consumer affairs and protection

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Multi-Sponsors

A4421 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1627
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7516, S8766

A4421 - Summary

Enacts "Harper's Law" which will require that retailers who sell certain new furniture offer for sale compatible tip restraint devices and post a notice informing consumers of the risk of furniture tipping.

A4421 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4421

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced   by   M.  of  A.  ZEBROWSKI,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  SIMON,  DICKENS,
  DE LA ROSA, JAFFEE, CRESPO, GUNTHER, McDONOUGH --  Multi-Sponsored  by
  -- M. of A. BUCHWALD, GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Consumer Affairs and 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."    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.

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

Co-Sponsors

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Multi-Sponsors

A4421A - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1627
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7516, S8766

A4421A - Summary

Enacts "Harper's Law" which will require that retailers who sell certain new furniture offer for sale compatible tip restraint devices and post a notice informing consumers of the risk of furniture tipping.

A4421A - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 4421--A
                                                        Cal. No. 139

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced   by   M.  of  A.  ZEBROWSKI,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  SIMON,  DICKENS,
  DE LA ROSA, JAFFEE, CRESPO, GUNTHER, McDONOUGH --  Multi-Sponsored  by
  -- M. of A. BUCHWALD, GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on  Consumer  Affairs  and  Protection -- reported and referred to the
  Committee on Codes -- reported from committee,  advanced  to  a  third
  reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place on the
  order of third reading

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 THIRTY 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 FURNITURE CONFORMS TO  STANDARDS
ENDORSED  OR  ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMIS-
SION OR A STANDARD ESTABLISHED  BY  ASTM  INTERNATIONAL  WHICH  REQUIRES
FURNITURE  TO CONTAIN A TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE AND CARRY A PERMANENT WARN-
ING LABEL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ASTM F2057.
  3. A PERSON, FIRM, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY  COMPA-
NY, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY MAY SELL OR OFFER TO SELL NEW FURNITURE
THAT  DOES  NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

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Multi-Sponsors

A4421B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1627
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7516, S8766

A4421B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "Harper's Law" which will require that retailers who sell certain new furniture offer for sale compatible tip restraint devices and post a notice informing consumers of the risk of furniture tipping.

A4421B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 4421--B
                                                        Cal. No. 139

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced   by   M.  of  A.  ZEBROWSKI,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  SIMON,  DICKENS,
  DE LA ROSA, JAFFEE, CRESPO, GUNTHER, McDONOUGH, ORTIZ  --  Multi-Spon-
  sored by -- M. of A.  BUCHWALD, GALEF -- read once and referred to the
  Committee  on Consumer Affairs and Protection -- reported and referred
  to the Committee on Codes -- reported from committee,  advanced  to  a
  third  reading,  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place on
  the order of third reading -- again amended on third reading,  ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading

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 AT LEAST TWENTY-SEVEN 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 FURNITURE CONFORMS TO  STANDARDS
ENDORSED  OR  ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMIS-
SION OR, IF NO SUCH STANDARD EXISTS,  A  STANDARD  ESTABLISHED  BY  ASTM
INTERNATIONAL WHICH REQUIRES FURNITURE TO CONTAIN A TIP RESTRAINT DEVICE
AND  CARRY A PERMANENT WARNING LABEL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ASTM
F2057.

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

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