Bill S4059-2013

Requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all SUNY dormitories

Requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all SUNY dormitories.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 6, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S4059

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law and the education law, in relation to requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all SUNY dormitories

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: To require that every room used for sleeping purposes in any building, owned or used by any school, college or university of the State University of New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 5-b requires that in every room used for sleeping purposes in any building, owned or used by any school, college or university of the State University of New York.

Section 215-d requires carbon monoxide detectors in dorm rooms. The board of regents shall require that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in every room used for sleeping purposes in a building owned or used by any school, college or university of the State University of New York. In addition to the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, the board of regents shall ensure that each detector is inspected and tested at least semiannually. Any detector that is found to be inoperable, inadequate or missing shall be replaced immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning leads to approximately 500 deaths and 15,000 emergency room visits nationwide. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating. Carbon monoxide has widely become known as the "silent killer"If initial symptoms of CO poisoning are ignored, individuals may lose consciousness, making danger inescapable, and possibly leading to death.

Recently, hundreds of students were evacuated from a University at Buffalo dormitory and several were hospitalized due to a build up of potentially deadly carbon monoxide. This could have been prevented if carbon monoxide detectors had been in place an functioning properly.

This act will provide additional safety measures to the hundreds of thousands of State University of New York students living in dormitories across the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Subdivision 5-a of section 378 of executive law as amended by chapter 367 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS; To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 90th day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4059 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 6, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law and the education law, in relation to requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all SUNY dormitories THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5-a of section 378 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 367 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 5-a. Standards for installation of carbon monoxide detectors requiring that every one or two-family dwelling, or any dwelling accommodation located in a building owned as a condominium or cooperative in the state or any multiple dwellings shall have installed an operable carbon monox- ide detector of such manufacture, design and installation standards as are established by the council. Carbon monoxide detectors required by this section are required: (A) only where the dwelling unit has appli- ances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or has an attached garage; AND (B) IN EVERY ROOM USED FOR SLEEPING PURPOSES IN A BUILDING OWNED OR USED BY ANY SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. For purposes of this subdivision, multi- ple dwelling means a dwelling which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or is occupied as the temporary or permanent residence or home of three or more families living independently of each other, including but not limited to the following: a tenement, flat house, maisonette apartment, apartment house, apartment hotel, tourist house, bachelor apartment, studio apartment, duplex apartment, kitchen- ette apartment, hotel, lodging house, rooming house, boarding house, boarding and nursery school, furnished room house, club, sorority house, fraternity house, college and school dormitory, convalescent, old age or nursing homes or residences. It shall also include a dwelling, two or more stories in height, and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodg-
ers residing with any one family. New construction shall mean a new facility or a separate building added to an existing facility. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 215-d to read as follows: S 215-D. CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN DORM ROOMS. THE BOARD OF REGENTS SHALL REQUIRE THAT CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS BE INSTALLED IN EVERY ROOM USED FOR SLEEPING PURPOSES IN A BUILDING OWNED OR USED BY ANY SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. IN ADDITION TO THE INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, THE BOARD OF REGENTS SHALL ENSURE THAT EACH DETECTOR IS INSPECTED AND TESTED AT LEAST SEMIAN- NUALLY. ANY DETECTOR THAT IS FOUND TO BE INOPERABLE, INADEQUATE, OR MISSING SHALL BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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