Requires colleges to provide written notification to students whether college-owned housing is equipped with sprinkler systems.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring colleges to notify students whether dormitories are equipped with sprinkler systems
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to require that every college or university in the state of New York notify their students, in writing, whether or, not their assigned college owned housing facility is equipped with a fire sprinkler or fire suppression system.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The education law is to be amended by adding a new section 6438.
JUSTIFICATION: Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, a student at Marist College, died in a fire in her off-campus housing unit in January 2012 along with two other students. The unit was not equipped with a fire sprinkler system. Her family and friends started the Kerry Rose Foundation in her memory to warn and educate all college students and their families about the importance of knowing whether or not their assigned college housing is equipped with a fire sprinkler or other fire suppression system. Host students and parents believe that all college owned on-campus or off-campus living spaces axe fitted with this lifesaving fire protection equipment. Studies have indicated that as much as 501 of college owned housing is not properly equipped with fire sprinkler systems. Another disturbing fact is that housing is assigned by the colleges, so students do not have an opportunity to choose or select housing that is equipped (or not} with sprinkler systems. Clearly then, college students and families should be informed of matters - like fire safety - that affect their personal safety.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall rake effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4180--B Cal. No. 419 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 13, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. ROBACH, ADDABBO, AVELLA, DILAN, FLANAGAN, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported favorably from said commit- tee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring colleges to notify students whether dormitories are equipped with sprinkler systems THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6438 to read as follows: S 6438. NOTIFICATION OF FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS AND MEASURES IN ALL COLLEGE-OWNED OR COLLEGE-OPERATED HOUSING. EACH COLLEGE SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION TO STUDENTS RESIDING IN COLLEGE-OWNED OR COLLEGE-OPERATED HOUSING WITH REGARD TO A DESCRIPTION OF SUCH HOUSING FACILITY'S FIRE SAFETY SYSTEM, INCLUDING WHETHER THE HOUSING IS OR IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A SPRINKLER SYSTEM. EACH COLLEGE SHALL ALSO INDICATE, WITHIN SUCH WRITTEN NOTIFICATION, HOW TO ACCESS THE CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY REPORT ON STUDENT HOUSING AS REQUIRED UNDER TITLE 20 OF THE U.S. CODE SECTION 1092(I). FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "SPRINKLER SYSTEM" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE-A OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08455-06-3