Provides that the requirement for restaurants to provide public toilet facilities shall be extended to all restaurants with a seating capacity of ten or more regardless of the date of commencement of operation as a restaurant with the exception that New York city restaurants shall be "grandfathered" under previous requirements.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring public toilet facilities in restaurants with a seating capacity of ten or more
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To reduce the present seating minimum of twenty to ten in which public toilet facilities must be provided and maintained in any public place where food is sold for consumption on the premise from twenty to ten.
JUSTIFICATION: The required seating capacity that the law mandates for public places to maintain a toilet facility is twenty. Ten is a more reasonable number of seats to require installation of a toilet facility.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/10 - S.1105 2007/08 - S.1510 2005/06 - S.1608A 2003/04 - S.6570/A.383 2001/02 - S.1642/A.2625 1999/00 - S.1846/A.3161 1997/98 - S.3707/A.9397 1995/96 - S.2475 1993/94 - S.1674
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: One year after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1336 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. DILAN, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring public toilet facilities in restaurants with a seating capacity of ten or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 1352-a of the public health law, as added by chapter 774 of the laws of 1977, are amended to read as follows: 1. A person or corporation operating an establishment with a seating capacity of
[twenty]TEN or more wherein food is sold for consumption on the premises shall provide appropriately identified and maintained public toilet facilities except that if there exists alternate available facilities in the same building wherein such establishment is located, suitable public notice of such alternate facility shall suffice for purposes of this [act]SECTION. 2. [The]IN CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, THE provisions of subdivision one of this section shall [not]apply to establishments [in operation on]NEWLY OPENED FOR BUSINESS ON AND AFTER the effective date of this [act]SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the three hundred sixty-fifth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02673-01-1