Bill Text: NY S05360 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: 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.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)


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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     April 29, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction  and
          Community Development
        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 that every  one
     5  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    19  gases, unless such standards are superseded  by  rules  adopted  by  the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.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 5360                             2
     1    c.  For purposes of this subdivision, multiple dwelling means a dwell-
     2  ing which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or
     3  is occupied as the temporary or permanent residence or home of three  or
     4  more  families  living  independently  of  each other, including but not
     5  limited  to the following: a tenement, flat house, maisonette apartment,
     6  apartment house, apartment hotel,  tourist  house,  bachelor  apartment,
     7  studio  apartment, duplex apartment, kitchenette apartment, hotel, lodg-
     8  ing house, rooming house, boarding house, boarding and  nursery  school,
     9  furnished  room  house,  club, sorority house, fraternity house, college
    10  and school dormitory, convalescent, old age or nursing  homes  or  resi-
    11  dences. It shall also include a dwelling, two or more stories in height,
    12  and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodgers residing with any one
    13  family.  New construction shall mean a new facility or a separate build-
    14  ing added to an existing facility.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.