senate Bill S1627B

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status Via A4421 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 13, 2019 signed chap.163
delivered to governor
May 30, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.545
substituted for s1627b
May 30, 2019 substituted by a4421b
May 20, 2019 amended on third reading 1627b
May 07, 2019 amended on third reading 1627a
May 06, 2019 advanced to third reading
May 01, 2019 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2019 1st report cal.545
Jan 15, 2019 referred to consumer protection

Votes

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Apr 30, 2019 - Consumer Protection committee Vote

S1627
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committee
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Committee Vote: Apr 30, 2019

Co-Sponsors

S1627 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4421
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S8766, A7516

S1627 - 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.

S1627 - Sponsor Memo

S1627 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1627

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- 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."  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.

Co-Sponsors

S1627A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4421
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S8766, A7516

S1627A - 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.

S1627A - Sponsor Memo

S1627A - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 1627--A
    Cal. No. 545

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SKOUFIS, BOYLE, GAUGHRAN, GOUNARDES, SERRANO -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Consumer  Protection  --  reported  favorably  from  said
  committee,  ordered  to  first  and  second report, ordered to a third
  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  in  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
IF  THE RETAILER: (A) MAINTAINS IN STOCK AND PROMINENTLY DISPLAYS WITHIN

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

Co-Sponsors

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S1627B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4421
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S8766, A7516

S1627B (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.

S1627B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1627B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 1627--B
    Cal. No. 545

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SKOUFIS, BOYLE, GAUGHRAN, GOUNARDES, SERRANO -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Consumer  Protection  --  reported  favorably  from  said
  committee,  ordered  to  first  and  second report, ordered to a third
  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  in  the
  order of third reading -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retain-
  ing its place in 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.
  3. A PERSON, FIRM, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY  COMPA-
NY, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY MAY SELL OR OFFER TO SELL NEW FURNITURE

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

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