Bill S806-2013

Establishes a task force to improve theatrical safety

Establishes a task force to improve theatrical show safety.

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  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

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BILL NUMBER:S806

TITLE OF BILL:

An act in relation to establishing a task force to improve theatrical show safety

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

§1 - Legislative intent.

§2 - Establishment of task force; mission statement.

§3 - Composition of task force

* Representative from Department of Labor * Representative from Consumer Protection Board * Representative from the Office of the Attorney General * Representative from the Council on the Arts o Each appointed by the head of the respective agency or office * Appointment by the Senate President Pro Tem * Appointment by Senate Minority Leader * Appointment by the Speaker of the Assembly * Appointment by the Assembly Minority Leader

§4 - Prerequisite for appointment by Senate and Assembly in theater and/or stage production. Reimbursement for expenses and appointment of vacancies.

§5 - Report of findings shall be issued within one year of effective date of the act.

§6 - Effective Date

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: None.

JUSTIFICATION: Due to the growing use of pyrotechnic, acrobatic, and other extreme visual performance techniques there has been a growing concern for the safety of theatrical shows. The concern for safety focuses on both the actors performing stunts as well as the audience watching them. Therefore, it is imperative that New York State create a task force to examine ways to improve the safety of theatrical shows, strengthen the protection for actors, and minimize the risk of injury for the audience. This task force will produce a report assessing current safety conditions, recommend best practices, and suggest new legislation or regulation if required.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.633A Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 806 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT in relation to establishing a task force to improve theatrical show safety THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. Due to the growing use of pyrotechnic, acrobatic, and other extreme visual performance techniques there has been a growing concern for safety at theatrical shows. The concern for safety focuses on both the actors performing stunts as well as the audi- ence watching them. Therefore, it is imperative that New York state create a task force to examine ways to improve safety at theatrical shows, strengthen the protection for actors, and minimize the risk of injury for the audience. S 2. There is hereby established a task force to improve theatrical show safety. Such task force shall study and assess current safety conditions, standards and practices used during theatrical show rehearsals and performances and develop practices, strategies and poli- cies to improve such safety. S 3. Such task force shall consist of the following members: a. one representative from the department of labor who shall be appointed by the commissioner of labor; b. one representative from the consumer protection board appointed by the executive director of such board; c. one representative from the attorney general's office appointed by the attorney general; d. on representative from the council on the arts appointed by the chairperson of such council;
e. one representative appointed by the temporary president of the senate; f. one representative appointed by the minority leader of the senate; g. one representative appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and h. one representative appointed by the minority leader of the assem- bly. S 4. The members of the task force appointed by the temporary presi- dent of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the assembly and the minority leader of the assembly shall have experi- ence in acting, theater and/or stage production. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Such members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reim- bursed for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties. Vacancies in office shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. S 5. The task force shall report its findings and make recommendations with supporting legislation to the governor and the legislature within one year of the effective date of this act. S 6. No part or provision of this act shall be construed to apply to the following: 1. television or cinematic productions filmed before an audience; or 2. theatrical productions performed by students of an educational facility, including but not limited to, kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and special schools set forth in title 6 of the educa- tion law. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

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