Bill Text: NY S00233 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the accessibility of ring life buoys on piers in the canal system which comply with certain US Coast Guard standards.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-09 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S00233 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00233-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the canal law, in relation to requiring the  accessibil-
          ity of ring life buoys on piers in the canal system
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
     2  "Aaron's Law".
     3    §  2.  The canal law is amended by adding a new section 135 to read as
     4  follows:
     5    § 135. Life buoys required on all piers, wharfs, locks and docks.   1.
     6  On  each  pier,  wharf,  lock and dock, as defined in section two of the
     7  navigation law, in the canal system, the  corporation  must  locate  one
     8  ring life buoy on each side of the pier, wharf, lock and dock as well as
     9  one  near each external stairway leading to water.  One buoy per side of
    10  the pier may be used to satisfy both of these requirements.
    11    2. Each ring life buoy must be stowed inside a station to  protect  it
    12  from  constant  weather  exposure.  The  station must be a bright yellow
    13  color for high visibility and allow for quick access to  the  ring.  The
    14  ring  life  buoy  must  not  be  permanently  secured  in any way to the
    15  station, rack, or the pier.
    16    3. Ring life buoys must meet the following qualifications:
    17    (a) The ring life buoy shall be approved under approval series 160.050
    18  or 160.150 for SOLAS-approved equipment or successor standards issued by
    19  the United States Coast Guard.
    20    (b) To each ring life buoy, there shall be attached a buoyant line  of
    21  at  least  one  hundred  feet  in length, with a breaking strength of at
    22  least five kilonewtons force. The end of the line must not be secured to
    23  the pier.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 233                              2
     1    (c) Each ring life buoy shall be marked with Type II reflective  tape,
     2  approved under approval series 164.018.
     3    4.  The  corporation  may  promulgate  rules and regulations as to the
     4  applicability and placement of ring life buoys in locations on the canal
     5  system not covered in this section.
     6    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     7  it shall have become a law.