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A04480 Summary:

BILL NOA04480
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03705
 
SPONSORRodriguez
 
COSPNSRCook
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §378, Exec L
 
Requires that all temporary and permanent dwellings in the state shall install an operable combustible gas detector that wirelessly connects to the gas company; requires gas companies to release an annual report of the frequency of gas leaks by county.
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A04480 Actions:

BILL NOA04480
 
02/04/2021referred to governmental operations
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A04480 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4480
 
SPONSOR: Rodriguez
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring combustible gas detectors in certain structures   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require the installation of combustible gas detectors in all residential dwellings.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision 17. This subdivision requires that all temporary and perma- nent dwellings in the state shall have installed an operable combustible gas detector that wirelessly connects to the gas company. Gas companies will release an annual report of the frequency of gas leaks by county. B-C. Definitions Section 2 - Implementation Date   JUSTIFICATION: Just as we require smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in our buildings, it is imperative that we include methane detectors in every home. This legislation will save lives, property, money, and the environment from needless destruction and waste due to gas leaks. A survey by the Ameri- can Chemical Society in 2015 found 1,050 methane leaks in Manhattan, equivalent to about four leaks per mile. In the Lower Hudson Valley, three of the four natural gas facilities have above average leaks. Syra- cuse had over two hundred leaks. These widespread emissions have drastic consequences. In March 2014, a natural gas explosion in East Harlem leveled two buildings that left eight dead: over fifty wounded and displaced more than one hundred fami- lies. As the use of natural gas becomes more pervasive, we must take concrete steps to protect our citizens from experiencing similar trage- dies. By installing methane detectors in every New Yorker's home, authorities will be able to fix these dangerous gas lines before severe damage is done. These detectors would be wirelessly connected to the gas company to ensure immediate reporting of leaks even in instances when residents are absent. This legislation requires that gas Companies release an annual report detailing the number of gas leaks by county so that we may monitor progress.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A469-2017/18-referred to Governmental Operations   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect July 1st, 2020
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A04480 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4480
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 4, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. RODRIGUEZ, COOK -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring  combustible
          gas detectors in certain structures
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 378 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 19 to read as follows:
     3    19. a. (i) Standards for installation  of  combustible  gas  detectors
     4  requiring,  no later than July first, two thousand twenty-two that every
     5  one or two-family dwelling, or any dwelling accommodation located  in  a
     6  building  owned  as  a  condominium  or  cooperative in the state or any
     7  multiple dwellings shall have  installed  an  operable  combustible  gas
     8  detector  of  such manufacture, design and installation standards as are
     9  established by the council.
    10    (ii) Standards for the reporting of gas leaks reported  via  automatic
    11  transmission  to  a gas company by a gas detector by such gas companies.
    12  Provided, however, that such standards shall require a  gas  company  to
    13  issue  an  annual  report  detailing  the  number of leaks received in a
    14  calendar year disaggregated by county.
    15    b. For purposes of this subdivision, combustible gas detector means an
    16  alarm device that complies with the applicable standards of the American
    17  National Standards Institute, or its successors, for residential devices
    18  for the detection of  combustible  quantities  of  methane  and  propane
    19  gases,  unless  such  standards  are  superseded by rules adopted by the
    20  council.  Provided, however, that such devices shall further be equipped
    21  with technology enabling such devices to automatically report the occur-
    22  rence of each gas leak detected by such devices to the company providing
    23  gas to the dwelling in which such device is located.
    24    c. For purposes of this subdivision, multiple dwelling means a  dwell-
    25  ing which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03051-01-1

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     1  is  occupied as the temporary or permanent residence or home of three or
     2  more families living independently of  each  other,  including  but  not
     3  limited  to the following: a tenement, flat house, maisonette apartment,
     4  apartment  house,  apartment  hotel,  tourist house, bachelor apartment,
     5  studio apartment, duplex apartment, kitchenette apartment, hotel,  lodg-
     6  ing  house,  rooming house, boarding house, boarding and nursery school,
     7  furnished room house, club, sorority house,  fraternity  house,  college
     8  and  school  dormitory,  convalescent, old age or nursing homes or resi-
     9  dences. It shall also include a dwelling, two or more stories in height,
    10  and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodgers residing with any one
    11  family. New construction shall mean a new facility or a separate  build-
    12  ing added to an existing facility.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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