senate Bill S1276A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program to promote public health and safety

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 19, 2022 print number 1276a
Jan 19, 2022 amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 05, 2022 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 08, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

Co-Sponsors

S1276 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1873-a, amd §1005, Pub Auth L; amd §65, Pub Serv L; amd §740, Lab L; amd §75-b, Civ Serv L; amd §63, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1593
2013-2014: S3267
2015-2016: S2777
2017-2018: S5604
2019-2020: S3286

S1276 - Summary

Directs the NYS energy research and development authority and public and private operators of each nuclear-powered electric generating facility to establish a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program; makes related provisions as to elements of the program and provides that employees of such plants shall not be subject to retaliation; requires authority to investigate reported safety concerns; provides that whistleblowers shall have standing to litigate and may do so without exhaustion of administration remedies (view more) authorizes the attorney general to bring actions to enforce the labor law provisions.

S1276 - Sponsor Memo

S1276 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1276
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 8, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  KRUEGER,  LIU,  SERRANO -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
   and Telecommunications
 
 AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, the public service law, the
   labor law, the civil service law and the executive law, in relation to
   establishing a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The legislature finds that safe operation of the publicly
 and privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facilities with-
 in the state is a matter of paramount public  concern.  The  legislature
 further  finds  that  an essential component of any safety strategy is a
 program which assures that employees who have  first-hand  knowledge  of
 potential  safety problems can freely communicate their concerns without
 fear of retaliation.  Although laws and regulations exist  at  both  the
 state and federal level to protect whistleblowers, the legislature finds
 that the purpose served by such laws will be furthered if an affirmative
 program  exists  which encourages employees to come forward with safety-
 related concerns. The legislature finds that the state, as the owner  of
 the  power  plants  operated  by the power authority of the state of New
 York, has an interest and obligation to ensure that such facilities  are
 being managed in a way that provides the highest possible level of safe-
 ty.    The  legislature  also  finds  that  the state has an interest in
 protecting and an obligation to protect its citizens from  the  possible
 hazards  of  privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facili-
 ties.
   § 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
 1873-b to read as follows:
   §  1873-B.  NUCLEAR  WHISTLEBLOWER  ACCESS AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.  1.
 "EMPLOYEES AT A  NUCLEAR-POWERED  ELECTRIC  GENERATING  FACILITY"  MEANS
 THOSE  PERSONS  EMPLOYED AT PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY OWNED NUCLEAR-POWERED
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

S1276A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1873-a, amd §1005, Pub Auth L; amd §65, Pub Serv L; amd §740, Lab L; amd §75-b, Civ Serv L; amd §63, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1593
2013-2014: S3267
2015-2016: S2777
2017-2018: S5604
2019-2020: S3286

S1276A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the NYS energy research and development authority and public and private operators of each nuclear-powered electric generating facility to establish a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program; makes related provisions as to elements of the program and provides that employees of such plants shall not be subject to retaliation; requires authority to investigate reported safety concerns; provides that whistleblowers shall have standing to litigate and may do so without exhaustion of administration remedies (view more) authorizes the attorney general to bring actions to enforce the labor law provisions.

S1276A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1276A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  1276--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 8, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  KRUEGER,  LIU,  SERRANO -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
   and  Telecommunications  -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and
   Telecommunications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- commit-
   tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and  recom-
   mitted to said committee
 
 AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, the public service law, the
   labor law, the civil service law and the executive law, in relation to
   establishing a nuclear whistleblower access and assistance program
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The legislature finds that safe operation of the publicly
 and privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facilities with-
 in the state is a matter of paramount public  concern.  The  legislature
 further  finds  that  an essential component of any safety strategy is a
 program which assures that employees who have  first-hand  knowledge  of
 potential  safety problems can freely communicate their concerns without
 fear of retaliation.  Although laws and regulations exist  at  both  the
 state and federal level to protect whistleblowers, the legislature finds
 that the purpose served by such laws will be furthered if an affirmative
 program  exists  which encourages employees to come forward with safety-
 related concerns. The legislature finds that the state, as the owner  of
 the  power  plants  operated  by the power authority of the state of New
 York, has an interest and obligation to ensure that such facilities  are
 being managed in a way that provides the highest possible level of safe-
 ty.    The  legislature  also  finds  that  the state has an interest in
 protecting and an obligation to protect its citizens from  the  possible
 hazards  of  privately owned nuclear-powered electric generating facili-
 ties.
   § 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
 1873-a to read as follows:

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD04382-03-2

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