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A06951 Summary:

BILL NOA06951
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSOROaks
 
COSPNSRKolb, Hawley, Montesano, Walter, Finch, DiPietro, Palmesano, Raia, Garbarino
 
MLTSPNSRBarclay, Blankenbush, Butler, Crouch, Fitzpatrick, Giglio, McDonough, Miller B
 
Add 157-a, Exec L
 
Provides that the office of fire prevention and control shall establish and maintain a centralized reporting system and data base of the names and firefighting organizations of all firefighters in the state; requires office of fire prevention and control to issue an annual report on or before March 31 to the governor, temporary president of the senate, speaker of the assembly, minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly.
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A06951 Actions:

BILL NOA06951
 
03/27/2017referred to governmental operations
01/03/2018referred to governmental operations
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A06951 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6951
 
SPONSOR: Oaks (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a data base of all firefighters   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a centralized data base and reporting system within the Office of Fire Prevention and Control of every New York State firefight- er.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends the Executive Law by adding a new Section 157-a which would require the Office of Fire Prevention and Control to establish and main- tain a centralized reporting system and data base of the names and fire- fighting organizations of all firefighters in the State. The bill would require every fire department, company, district and any other entity employing professional or volunteer firefighters to submit a list of all officers, active and inactive firefighting members to the Office of Fire Prevention and Control on or before January 31st of each year. The format and information required shall be determined by the State Fire Administrator. On or before March 31st of each year, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control shall supply a copy of the information contained in the data base to the Governor, Temporary President of the Senate, Speaker of the Assembly and Minority Leaders of the Senate and Assembly. The bill also sets forth a definition of "active firefighting member" as: a member of a firefighting organization, who regularly participates in firefighting duties, has completed a basic firefighting course approved by the Firefighting and Code Enforcement Personnel Standards and Education Commission, and annually completes the fire safety train- ing course as required by the Department of Labor.   JUSTIFICATION: At present, there is no one place within the State where an official list of all New York State firefighters is maintained. Also, there does not exist a comprehensive definition of an active firefighter within State law. It is estimated that New York State has approximately 110,000 volunteer and 21,000 professional firefighters. These people provide invaluable protection to the citizens and property of our State. It is important for the State to be able to officially identify these public servants for purposes of providing recognition and benefits to them.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2002 held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A4318) 2003-04 held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A4753) 2005-06 referred to Governmental Operations (A4669) 2007-08 held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A3572) 2009-10 held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A6049) 2011-12 held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A5109) 2013-14 Held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A6626) 2015-16 Held for consideration in Governmental Operations (A6098)   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal   EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect on the first of December next succeeding the date on which the bill is signed into law. However, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control shall immediately promulgate all rules and regu- lations necessary to enable them to carry out provisions of this act on its effective date.
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A06951 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6951
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 27, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. OAKS, KOLB, HAWLEY, MONTESANO, WALTER, FINCH,
          DiPIETRO, PALMESANO, RAIA, GARBARINO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          BARCLAY, BLANKENBUSH, BUTLER, CROUCH, FITZPATRICK, GIGLIO,  LUPINACCI,
          McDONOUGH,  McLAUGHLIN,  B. MILLER  --  read  once and referred to the
          Committee on Governmental Operations

        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to  establishing  a  data
          base of all firefighters
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section  157-a
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 157-a. Firefighters' data base. 1. The office of fire prevention and
     4  control  shall establish and maintain a centralized reporting system and
     5  data base of the names and firefighting organizations of all  firefight-
     6  ers in the state.
     7    2.  Every  fire  department, fire company, fire district and any other
     8  entity employing professional or volunteer firefighters shall submit  to
     9  the  office  of  fire  prevention and control a list of all officers and
    10  inactive and active firefighting members, on or before  January  thirty-
    11  first  each  year. Such list shall include such information and shall be
    12  submitted in a form as determined by the state fire administrator.
    13    3. For the purposes of this section an  "active  firefighting  member"
    14  shall  be a firefighter who: (a) is a member of a firefighting organiza-
    15  tion,  (b)  regularly  participates  in  firefighting  duties,  (c)  has
    16  completed  a  basic firefighting course approved by the firefighting and
    17  code enforcement personnel standards and education commission,  and  (d)
    18  annually  completes  the  fire safety training course as required by the
    19  department of labor.
    20    4. On or before March thirty-first  each  year,  the  office  of  fire
    21  prevention  and control shall submit a copy of all information contained
    22  in the firefighters' data base to the governor, temporary  president  of
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08392-01-7

        A. 6951                             2
 
     1  the  senate,  speaker of the assembly, minority leader of the senate and
     2  the minority leader of the assembly.
     3    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
     4  ing  the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law, provided that the
     5  office of fire prevention and control shall immediately  promulgate  all
     6  rules  and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this act
     7  on its effective date.
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