Prohibits the sale of unsafe cribs and restricts the use of such cribs in certain settings.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of unsafe cribs and restricting the use of such cribs in certain settings
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to protect infants from potential hazards associated with the use of cribs that do not meet applicable safety standards.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would conform New York's crib safety law with recently enacted federal rules regarding the sale and use of cribs. Specifically, the bill would prohibit, on or after December 28, 2013, the use of an unsafe crib by any child care facility or place of public accommodation and require the Office of Children and Family Services to notify child care facilities of such prohibition. The bill would also make technical and conforming changes.
Chapter 245 of the Laws of 2010 prohibited the importation, manufacture or sale of any crib that does not meet safety standards established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International. In December 2010, the CPSC adopted new crib safety rules. In addition to enhancing crib design standards, these rules prohibit the use of non-compliant cribs in certain childcare facilities and places of public accommodation. This bill would conform New York's law to the federal rule.
JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 245 of the Laws of 2010 prohibited the importation, manufacture or sale of any crib that does not meet safety standards established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International. In December 2010, the CPSC adopted new crib safety rules. In addition to enhancing crib design standards, these rules prohibit the use of non-compliant cribs in certain childcare facilities and places of public accommodation. This bill would conform New York's law to the federal rule.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Consumer Protection Committee/Passed Assembly (S. 7568/ A. 9437)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 774--A Cal. No. 439 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. FUSCHILLO, KRUEGER, LAVALLE, O'BRIEN, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of unsafe cribs and restricting the use of such cribs in certain settings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 399-i of the general business law, as added by chapter 245 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 399-i. Prohibit
[any]THE sale of unsafe cribs AND RESTRICT USE OF SUCH CRIBS IN CERTAIN SETTINGS. 1. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (a) "Crib" [means]SHALL MEAN a bed or containment designated to accommodate an infant. (b) "Distribute" [means]SHALL MEAN to deliver to a person other than the purchaser, for the purpose of retail sale. (c) "CHILD CARE FACILITY" SHALL MEAN ANY PLACE SUBJECT TO SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW OR ARTICLE FORTY-SEVEN OF THE NEW YORK CITY HEALTH CODE AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT OF THE NEW YORK CITY CHARTER. (D) "PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION" SHALL MEAN ANY INN, HOTEL, MOTEL, MOTOR COURT OR OTHER ESTABLISHMENT THAT PROVIDES LODGING TO TRANSIENT GUESTS. SUCH TERM SHALL NOT INCLUDE AN ESTABLISHMENT TREATED AS AN APARTMENT BUILDING FOR PURPOSES OF ANY STATE OR LOCAL LAW OR REGULATION OR AN ESTABLISHMENT LOCATED WITHIN A BUILDING THAT CONTAINS NOT MOREEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01481-03-3 S. 774--A 2
THAN FIVE ROOMS FOR RENT OR HIRE AND THAT IS ACTUALLY OCCUPIED AS A RESIDENCE BY THE PROPRIETOR OF SUCH ESTABLISHMENT. (E) "Person" shall mean a natural person, firm, corporation, limited liability company, association, or an employee or agent of a natural person or an entity included in this definition.
[(d)](F) "Unsafe crib" shall mean any crib that does not conform to the standards endorsed or established by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission including, but not limited to, Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations and the standards endorsed or established by [Ameri- can Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)]ASTM INTER- NATIONAL (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERI- ALS), as follows: (i) Part 1219 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement such part; (ii) Part 1220 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement such part; (iii) Part 1303 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement such part; and (iv) The following standards and specifications of ASTM International for corner posts of baby cribs and structural integrity of baby cribs and any standards and specifications adopted to amend or supplement such standards: (A) ASTM F 966 (corner post standard), (B) ASTM F 1169 (structural integrity of full-size baby cribs), and (C) ASTM F 406 (non-full-size cribs). 2. (a) No person shall import, manufacture, or distribute an unsafe crib. (b) No retailer, as defined in subdivision eleven of section four hundred ninety-a of this chapter, or secondhand dealer, as defined in subdivision six of section four hundred ninety-a of this chapter, shall sell, lease or otherwise make available an unsafe crib. 3. (A) ON OR AFTER DECEMBER TWENTY-EIGHTH, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, NO CHILD CARE FACILITY OR PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION SHALL USE OR HAVE ON THE PREMISES AN UNSAFE CRIB. THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO AN ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE CRIB IF IT IS NOT USED BY, OR ACCESSIBLE TO, ANY CHILD IN THE CHILD CARE FACILITY OR PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION. (B) THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, SHALL NOTIFY CHILD CARE FACILITIES OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION IN PLAIN, NON-TECHNICAL LANGUAGE THAT WILL ENABLE EACH CHILD CARE FACILITY TO EFFECTIVELY INSPECT AND IDENTIFY UNSAFE CRIBS. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE GIVEN TO EVERY CHILD CARE FACILITY UPON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTI- CLE OR AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE THEREAFTER, AND SUCH NOTICE SHALL ALSO BE GIVEN TO EACH APPLICANT FOR LICENSE OR REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW. (C) THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. 4. Whenever there shall be a violation of SUBDIVISION TWO OF this section an application may be made by the attorney general in the name of the people of the state of New York to a court or justice having jurisdiction by a special proceeding to issue an injunction, and upon notice to the defendant of not less than five days, to enjoin and restrain the continuance of such violations; and if it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or justice that the defendant has, in fact, violated this section, an injunction may be issued by the court or justice, enjoining and restraining any further violations, withoutS. 774--A 3
requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby. In any such proceeding, the court may make allowances to the attorney general as provided in paragraph six of subdivision (a) of section eighty-three hundred three of the civil practice law and rules, and direct restitution. Whenever the court shall determine that a violation of SUBDIVISION TWO OF this section has occurred, the court may impose a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for each violation. Each sale of an unsafe crib in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation. In connection with any such proposed application, the attorney general is authorized to take proof and make a determination of the relevant facts and to issue subpoenas in accordance with the civil practice law and rules.
[4.]5. If any provision of this section or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held unconstitutional, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this section which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are severable. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the office of children and family services is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.