Requires child day care centers, public institutions for children and certain other facilities installing new or replacement window coverings on or after October 1, 2013, to install cordless window coverings; requires child day care centers, public institutions for children and certain other facilities that have window coverings in place before October 1, 2013, to meet minimum safety standards established in regulations jointly adopted by the department of children and family services and the department of education.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7627--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 11, 2011 ___________Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL, DINOWITZ, GUNTHER, MILLMAN, ROBINSON, WEPRIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO, COOK, ENGLEBRIGHT, MAGEE, McENENY, P. RIVERA, SCHIMEL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Children and Families -- recommitted to the Committee on Children and Families in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring cord- less window coverings in child day care centers, public institutions for children and certain other facilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 390-i to read as follows: S 390-I. CORDLESS WINDOW COVERINGS REQUIRED. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE MEANINGS SET FORTH BELOW: (A) "BEADED CHAIN" MEANS A SERIES OF SMALL SPHERES, EQUALLY SPACED ON A CORD OR CONNECTED BY METAL SHAFTS USED TO RAISE AND LOWER A WINDOW COVERING. (B) "CORD LOOP" MEANS A CURVING OR DOUBLING OF A BEADED CHAIN OR CORD TO FORM A CLOSED LOOP. (C) "CORDLESS WINDOW COVERING" MEANS: (I) A HORIZONTAL BLIND OR CELLULAR SHADE THAT HAS NO DRAW CORD AND THE INTERNAL LIFT CORD RUNS IN THE SLATS OF THE HORIZONTAL BLIND SO THAT THE CORD IS INCAPABLE OF FORMING A LOOP GREATER THAN 7.25 INCHES; (II) A ROMAN SHADE, ROLL-UP BLIND, OR WOVEN SHADE THAT HAS NO DRAW CORD AND THE LIFT CORD IS COMPLETELY ENCLOSED SO THAT IT IS NOT ACCESSI- BLE;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11069-06-2 A. 7627--B 2
(III) A VERTICAL BLIND THAT HAS A WAND AS ITS OPERATING MECHANISM AND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY BEADED CHAINS, CORDED PULLEYS, OR OTHER CORD LOOP OPERATING MECHANISMS; AND (IV) A ROLLER SHADE THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN A CORD OR BEADED CHAIN. (D) "DRAW CORD" MEANS ANY FORM OF ROPE, STRAP, OR STRING USED TO RAISE OR LOWER A WINDOW COVERING. (E) "INTERNAL LIFT CORD" MEANS A CORD THAT IS CONTAINED INSIDE THE BODY AND RAILS OF THE BLIND OR SHADE. (F) "WAND" MEANS A ROD USED TO: (I) ROTATE A VERTICAL BLIND; OR (II) TILT A HORIZONTAL BLIND. 2. ANY AGENCY BOARDING HOME, GROUP HOME, CHILD DAY CARE CENTER, PUBLIC INSTITUTION FOR CHILDREN, OR ANY AUTHORIZED AGENCY NOT INCLUDING A FOSTER HOME, FAMILY DAY CARE CENTER OR GROUP FAMILY DAY CARE CENTER INSTALLING NEW OR REPLACEMENT WINDOW COVERINGS ON OR AFTER OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, SHALL INSTALL CORDLESS WINDOW COVERINGS OR WINDOW COVERINGS WITH INACCESSIBLE OPERATIONAL AND INNER CORDS. 3. ANY AGENCY BOARDING HOME, GROUP HOME, CHILD DAY CARE CENTER, OR PUBLIC INSTITUTION FOR CHILDREN OR ANY AUTHORIZED AGENCY NOT INCLUDING A FOSTER HOME, FAMILY DAY CARE CENTER OR GROUP FAMILY DAY CARE CENTER THAT HAS WINDOW COVERINGS IN PLACE BEFORE OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIR- TEEN, SHALL MEET MINIMUM SAFETY STANDARDS ESTABLISHED IN REGULATIONS JOINTLY ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT INCLUDE STANDARDS FOR: (A) ROMAN SHADES, ROLL-UP SHADES, WOVEN SHADES, AND ALL WINDOW COVERINGS WITH EXPOSED AND UNSECURED CORDS; (B) HORIZONTAL BLINDS, CELLULAR SHADES, AND ALL WINDOW COVERINGS THAT HAVE DRAW CORDS FOR THEIR OPERATION; AND (C) VERTICAL BLINDS AND OTHER WINDOW COVERING PRODUCTS WITH LOOPS UTILIZED IN THEIR OPERATION. 4. IF A PERSON FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, THE AUTHORIZED AGENCY SHALL REQUIRE REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING WINDOW COVERINGS WITH CORDLESS WINDOW COVERINGS OR WINDOW COVERINGS WITH INACCESSIBLE OPERATIONAL AND INNER CORDS. S 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2013. Effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.