Bill Text: NY S03823 | 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: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S03823 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03823-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          3823
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 15, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer 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
    24  posting of notices on tickets, seats, or other locations within a  base-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01750-01-9

        S. 3823                             2
     1  ball stadium warning spectators of the possibility of injury as a result
     2  of being struck by a baseball or thrown bat.
     3    §  3.  Powers.  The  department of state may consult with any state or
     4  local office, agency, or department and  request  information  from  any
     5  such  entity  that  is  relevant  and material to the completion of this
     6  study and report.
     7    § 4. Report. No later than one year after the effective date  of  this
     8  act,  the  department of state shall deliver a report of the findings of
     9  the study conducted pursuant to section two of this act to the governor,
    10  the temporary president of the senate, and the speaker of the assembly.
    11    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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