Bill Text: NY A00362 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the department of state to study, evaluate and make recommendations concerning safety standards at baseball stadiums to determine whether the protective netting currently in use at baseball stadiums is sufficient to protect spectators during baseball games.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-18 - REFERRED TO RULES [A00362 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00362-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                           362
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                       (Prefiled)
                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PAULIN, D'URSO, GALEF, LAVINE, ORTIZ, D. ROSEN-
          THAL, SEAWRIGHT, SIMON, McDONOUGH -- read once  and  referred  to  the
          Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
        AN  ACT  to  direct the department of state to study, evaluate, and make
          recommendations concerning safety standards at baseball stadiums
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this act, "baseball stadi-
     2  um"  means  a  place of public assembly with an occupancy capacity of at
     3  least five thousand persons, in which  baseball  games  are  played  and
     4  seating or standing room is assigned by issuance of tickets purchased by
     5  spectators.
     6    §  2. Study. The department of state is hereby authorized and directed
     7  to conduct a study of the protective netting currently in use  at  base-
     8  ball  stadiums  in the state to determine whether such netting is suffi-
     9  cient to protect spectators during baseball games.    Such  study  shall
    10  examine, at a minimum, the following:
    11    (a)  the  reported incidence of injuries suffered in baseball stadiums
    12  in the state by spectators as a result of being struck by a baseball  or
    13  a  thrown bat, the nature and severity of such injuries, and the general
    14  location where such injuries were suffered by such spectators within the
    15  baseball stadiums;
    16    (b) the policies of the owners or operators of  baseball  stadiums  in
    17  the  state  regarding the reporting of injuries, and whether or not such
    18  policies adequately disclose the rate of injuries suffered by spectators
    19  in such stadiums;
    20    (c) whether baseball stadiums in the state  are  maintaining  adequate
    21  protective netting to ensure the safety of spectators; and
    22    (d)  any  other steps that may be taken to increase safety for specta-
    23  tors at baseball games in the state, including, but not limited  to  the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01750-01-9

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     1  posting  of notices on tickets, seats, or other locations within a base-
     2  ball stadium warning spectators of the possibility of injury as a result
     3  of being struck by a baseball or thrown bat.
     4    §  3.  Powers.  The  department of state may consult with any state or
     5  local office, agency, or department and  request  information  from  any
     6  such  entity  that  is  relevant  and material to the completion of this
     7  study and report.
     8    § 4. Report. No later than one year after the effective date  of  this
     9  act,  the  department of state shall deliver a report of the findings of
    10  the study conducted pursuant to section two of this act to the governor,
    11  the temporary president of the senate, and the speaker of the assembly.
    12    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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