Requires operators of bowling centers to give certain notices to bowlers about bowling shoes and grants immunity from civil liability to operators of bowling centers from certain actions.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring the operators of bowling centers to give certain notices to bowlers and to grant immunity from civil liability to operators of bowling centers from certain lawsuits
PURPOSE: To protect bowling center operators, who maintain a safe premises and post notices to warn patrons of the dangers of wearing bowling shoes outside, from civil liability for injuries to a bowler from falls caused by a substance or material on their bowling shoes, the bowler acquired outside.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one contains the title, the "Bowling Center Act".
Section two contains definitions and provides protection from civil liability to bowling center operators, who maintain a reasonably safe premises and post conspicuous notices at every entrance and exit to warn persons of the dangers of wearing bowling shoes outside.
Section three contains the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: There have been numerous instances of slips and falls in bowling facilities as a result of individuals going outside and returning with substances or materials on their bowling shoes. This bill will help to protect bowling alley operators, who maintain a safe premises and take necessary precautions to warn patrons of the dangers of wearing bowling shoes outside, from civil liability for injuries to a bowler from falls caused by a substance or material on their bowling shoes, the bowler acquired outside, The states of Illinois and Michigan have enacted similar laws.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10365 of 2012.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4179 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 13, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 requiring the operators of bowling centers to give certain notices to bowlers and to grant immunity from civil liability to operators of bowling centers from certain lawsuits 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, the "bowling center act". S 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 390-d to read as follows: S 390-D. BOWLING CENTERS. 1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: (A) "BOWLER" MEANS A PERSON IN A BOWLING CENTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECREATIONAL OR COMPETITIVE BOWLING. (B) "BOWLING CENTER" MEANS A STRUCTURE THAT HAS AN AREA SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO BE USED BY THE PUBLIC FOR RECREATIONAL OR COMPETITIVE BOWL- ING. (C) "BOWLING SHOES" MEANS SHOES THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECREATIONAL OR COMPETITIVE BOWLING. (D) "OPERATOR" MEANS A PERSON THAT OWNS, MANAGES, CONTROLS, DIRECTS, OR HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OPERATING A BOWLING CENTER. 2. NOTICES. AN OPERATOR SHALL POST A CONSPICUOUS NOTICE IN A CONSPICU- OUS PLACE NEAR EACH ENTRANCE TO AND EXIT FROM A BOWLING CENTER THAT READS AS FOLLOWS: "DO NOT WEAR BOWLING SHOES OUTSIDE. BOWLING SHOES ARE SPECIALIZED FOOTWEAR FOR INDOOR USE ONLY. BOWLING SHOES WORN OUTSIDE MAY BE AFFECTED BY SUBSTANCES OR MATERIALS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SNOW, ICE, RAIN, MOISTURE, FOOD, OR DEBRIS THAT MAY CAUSE THE PERSON WEARING THE BOWLING SHOES TO SLIP, TRIP, STUMBLE, OR FALL ON THE FLOOR OR ALLEY SURFACESEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08636-01-3 S. 4179 2
INSIDE THE BOWLING CENTER. NEW YORK LAW MAKES A BOWLING CENTER POSTING THIS NOTICE IMMUNE FROM LIABILITY FOR SUCH AN INJURY." 3. LIABILITY. (A) IF AN OPERATOR POSTS A NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY SUBDI- VISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, THE OPERATOR IS NOT CIVILLY LIABLE FOR INJU- RIES TO A BOWLER RESULTING FROM A SLIP, TRIP, STUMBLE, OR FALL INSIDE THE BOWLING CENTER SUBSTANTIALLY CAUSED BY A SUBSTANCE OR MATERIAL ON THE BOWLER'S BOWLING SHOES THAT WAS ACQUIRED OUTSIDE THE BOWLING CENTER BEFORE THE BOWLER ENTERED OR REENTERED THE BOWLING CENTER. (B) THE PROTECTION FROM LIABILITY UNDER THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY IF THE INJURY RESULTS FROM ACTS OR OMISSIONS AMOUNTING TO WILLFUL OR WANTON MISCONDUCT OR IF THE OPERATOR FAILS TO MAINTAIN THE PREMISES IN A REASONABLY SAFE CONDITION AND THE CONDITION SUBSTANTIALLY CAUSES THE INJURY TO THE BOWLER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.