|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Galef, Lupardo, Otis, Schimminger, Crouch, Skoufis, McDonald|
|MLTSPNSR||McDonough, Rivera, Skartados, Thiele|
|Add Art 14 §§14-101 - 14-109, Energy L; add §391-aa, Gen Bus L|
|Implements the New York propane education and safety act; authorizes the creation of certain propane education programs; requires the creation of a New York propane education and safety council; enumerates the duties and purposes of the New York propane education and safety council.|
|01/17/2017||referred to energy|
|01/03/2018||referred to energy|
|02/02/2018||enacting clause stricken|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1975 SPONSOR: Paulin (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to imple- menting the New York propane education and safety act; and to amend the general business law, in relation to consumer protections for liquefied petroleum gas systems   PURPOSE: To establish the New York Propane Education and Safety Act to promote education, training, safety, and consumer protections relating to propane and propane systems; and to require certain training for indi- viduals involved in the installation, inspection or service of propane systems.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new Article 14 to the Energy Law to estab- lish the New York Propane Education and Safety Act. Section 2 of the bill adds a new section to the General Business Law relating to training for individuals involved in the installation, inspection or service of liquefied petroleum gas systems. It also adds a disclosure requirement pertaining to safety training. Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The New York State Propane Education and Safety Council will provide safety training and education to propane industry workers and emergency responders, and will be funded through a fee charged to propane retail- ers. The Council will be similar to the federal Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), which was created in 1996 and has proven successful. While New York propane dealers contribute a significant portion of money to fund the federal PERC, they only receive about 20% of those funds back to use for training and other programming. Creating the New York State Propane Education and Safety Council will allow the New York propane dealers to supplement the federal efforts, and provide more safety education here in New York. The legislation will also estab- lish new safety measures such as training and disclosure requirements for workers involved in the installation, inspection or service of propane systems, which will improve safety and awareness across the state.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.54, 2015 and 2016 referred to energy. A.9212, 2014 referred to energy. Same as S.4542, 2013 passed Senate and 2014 committed to rules.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1975 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 17, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, GALEF, LUPARDO, OTIS, SCHIMMINGER, CROUCH, SKOUFIS, McDONALD -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. LUPINACCI, McDONOUGH, RIVERA, SKARTADOS, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Energy AN ACT to amend the energy law, in relation to implementing the New York propane education and safety act; and to amend the general business law, in relation to consumer protections for liquefied petroleum gas systems The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The energy law is amended by adding a new article 14 to 2 read as follows: 3 ARTICLE 14 4 NEW YORK PROPANE EDUCATION AND SAFETY ACT 5 Section 14-101. Short title. 6 14-102. Definitions. 7 14-103. Referendum; creation and termination of a program. 8 14-104. New York propane education and safety council. 9 14-105. Assessments. 10 14-106. Compliance. 11 14-107. Lobbying restrictions. 12 14-108. Pricing. 13 14-109. Relation to other programs. 14 § 14-101. Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as 15 the New York propane education and safety act. 16 § 14-102. Definitions. For purposes of this article, unless the 17 context otherwise requires: 18 1. "Council" means a New York propane education and safety council 19 created pursuant to section 14-104 of this article; 20 2. "President" means the chairman of NYSERDA or his or her designee; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06290-01-7A. 1975 2 1 3. "Education" means any action to provide information regarding 2 propane, propane equipment, mechanical and technical practices, and 3 propane uses to consumers, and members of the propane industry; 4 4. "Industry" means those persons involved in the production, trans- 5 portation, and sale of propane, and the manufacture and distribution of 6 propane utilization equipment; 7 5. "Industry trade association" means an organization exempt from tax, 8 under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 9 1986, representing the propane industry; 10 6. "NYSERDA" means the New York state energy and research development 11 authority; 12 7. "Odorized propane" means propane which has an odorant added to it; 13 8. "Producer" means the owner of propane at the time it is recovered 14 at a gas processing plant or refinery; irrespective of the state where 15 production occurs; 16 9. "Propane" means a hydrocarbon whose chemical composition is predo- 17 minately C3H8, whether recovered from natural gas or crude oil, and 18 includes liquified petroleum gases and mixtures thereof; 19 10. "Public member" means a designee of the president of the New York 20 state energy research and development authority; 21 11. "Qualified industry organization" means the New York propane gas 22 association, the national propane gas association, a successor associ- 23 ation of these associations, or any other propane industry organization; 24 12. "Research" means any type of study, investigation or other activ- 25 ities designed to advance the image, desirability, usage, marketability, 26 efficiency, and safety of propane and to further the development of such 27 information; 28 13. "Retail marketer" means a person engaged primarily in the sale of 29 odorized propane to the ultimate consumer or to retail propane dispen- 30 sers; and 31 14. "Retail propane dispenser" means a person who sells odorized 32 propane to the ultimate consumer but is not engaged primarily in the 33 business of such sales. 34 § 14-103. Referendum; creation and termination of a program. 1. Qual- 35 ified industry organizations shall conduct at their own expense, a 36 referendum among producers and retail marketers for the creation of a 37 New York propane education and safety council. The council, if estab- 38 lished, shall reimburse the qualified industry organizations for the 39 cost of the referendum accounting and documentation. The referendum 40 shall be conducted by an independent auditing firm agreed to by the 41 qualified industry organizations. The results, as certified by an inde- 42 pendent auditing firm, shall be submitted to the president within thirty 43 days of certification. Voting rights in the referendum shall be based on 44 the volume of propane produced or odorized propane sold in the previous 45 calendar year. Upon approval of those persons representing two-thirds of 46 the total value of propane voted in the retail marketer class and two- 47 thirds of all propane voted in the producer class, the council shall be 48 established, and shall be authorized to levy an assessment on odorized 49 propane in accordance with section 14-105 of this article. All persons 50 voting in the referendum shall certify to the independent auditing firm 51 the volume of propane represented by their vote. 52 2. On the council's own initiative, or on petition to the council by 53 producers and retail marketers representing thirty-five percent of the 54 volume of propane in each class, the council shall, at its own expense, 55 hold a referendum to be conducted by an independent auditing firm 56 selected by the council, to determine whether the industry favors termi-A. 1975 3 1 nation or suspension of the council. Termination or suspension shall not 2 take effect unless it is approved by persons representing more than 3 one-half of the total volume of odorized propane in the retail marketer 4 class and more than one-half the total volume of propane in the producer 5 class. 6 § 14-104. New York propane education and safety council. 1. The quali- 7 fied industry organizations shall select all retail marketers members 8 and producer members of the council. The president shall designate one 9 public member. Vacancies in the unfinished terms of council members 10 shall be filled in the same manner as were the original appointments. 11 2. In selecting members of the council, the qualified industry organ- 12 izations shall give due regard to selecting a council that is represen- 13 tative of the industry, including representation of: 14 (a) gas processors and oil refiners among producers; 15 (b) interstate and intrastate operators among retail marketers; 16 (c) large and small companies among producers and retail marketers, 17 including agricultural cooperatives; and 18 (d) diverse geographic regions of the state. 19 3. The council shall consist of no less than five and up to seven 20 members, with no less than four and up to six members representing 21 retail marketers and producers, and one public member. Other than the 22 public member, council members shall be full-time employees or owners of 23 businesses in the industry or representatives of agricultural cooper- 24 atives. No employee of a qualified industry organization shall serve as 25 a member of the council, and no member of the council may serve concur- 26 rently as an officer of the board of directors of a qualified industry 27 organization or other trade association. Only one person at a time from 28 any company or its affiliate may serve on the council. The president may 29 serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the council. 30 4. Council members shall receive no compensation for their services, 31 nor shall council members be reimbursed for expenses relating to their 32 service, except that public members, upon request, may be reimbursed for 33 reasonable expenses directly related to their participation in council 34 meetings. 35 5. Council members shall serve terms of three years and may not serve 36 more than two full consecutive terms. Members filling unexpired terms 37 may serve not more than a total of seven consecutive years. Former 38 members of the council may be returned to the council if they have not 39 been members for a period of two years. Initial appointments to the 40 council shall be for terms of one, two, and three years staggered to 41 provide for the selection of four members each year. The council shall 42 notify the president of the name, address, and propane-related affil- 43 iation, if any, of a council member within thirty days after the 44 appointment of the member to the council. 45 6. The council shall develop programs and projects and enter into 46 contracts or agreements for implementing this article, including 47 programs to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, which may 48 include the training required by section three hundred ninety-one-aa of 49 the general business law, to provide for research and development of 50 clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, to inform and educate 51 the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of 52 propane, and to provide for the payment of the costs thereof with funds 53 collected pursuant to this article. The council shall coordinate its 54 activities with industry trade associations, Hudson Valley community 55 college, other community colleges and others as appropriate to provideA. 1975 4 1 efficient delivery of services and to avoid unnecessary duplication of 2 activities. 3 7. Issues related to research and development, safety, education, and 4 training shall be given priority by the council in the development of 5 its programs and projects. 6 8. The council shall select from among its members a chairperson and 7 other officers as necessary, may establish committees and subcommittees 8 of the council, and shall adopt rules and bylaws for the conduct of 9 business and the implementation of this article. The council shall 10 establish procedures for the solicitation of industry comment and recom- 11 mendations on any significant plans, programs, and projects to be funded 12 by the council. The council may establish advisory committees of persons 13 other than council members. 14 9. At the beginning of each fiscal period, the council shall prepare a 15 budget plan for the next fiscal period, including the probable cost of 16 all programs, projects, and contracts and a recommended rate of assess- 17 ment sufficient to cover such costs. The council shall submit the 18 proposed budget to the president for review and comment. The president 19 may recommend programs and activities considered appropriate. 20 10. The council shall keep minutes, books, and records that clearly 21 reflect all of the acts and transactions of the council and make public 22 such information. The books of the council shall be audited by a certi- 23 fied public accountant at least once each fiscal year and at such other 24 times as the council may designate. The expense of the audit shall be 25 the responsibility of the council. Copies of such audit shall be 26 provided to all members of the council, all qualified industry organiza- 27 tions, and to other members of the industry upon request. 28 § 14-105. Assessments. 1. The council shall set the assessment at no 29 greater than one-tenth of one cent per gallon of odorized propane. 30 2. The owner of odorized propane at the time of odorization, or the 31 time of import of odorized propane shall make the assessment based on 32 the volume of odorized propane sold. The assessment, when made, shall be 33 listed as a separate line item on the bill labeled "New York Propane 34 Education and Safety Assessment". Assessments collected from purchasers 35 of propane are payable to the council on a monthly basis by the twenty- 36 fifth of the month following the month of collection. 37 If payment is not made to the council by the due date under this 38 subdivision, an interest penalty of one percent of any amount unpaid 39 shall be added for each month or fraction of a month after the due date, 40 until final payment is made. 41 3. The council may establish an alternative means of collecting the 42 assessment if another means is found to be more efficient and effective. 43 The council may establish a late payment charge and rate of interest to 44 be imposed on any person who fails to remit or pay to the council any 45 amount due under this article. 46 4. Pending disbursement pursuant to a program, plan, or project, the 47 council shall invest funds collected through assessments, and any other 48 funds received by the council, only in obligations of the United States 49 or any agency thereof, in general obligations of any state or political 50 subdivision thereof, in any interest-bearing account or certificate of 51 deposit of a bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, or in 52 obligations fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United 53 States. 54 § 14-106. Compliance. The supreme court is vested with the jurisdic- 55 tion specifically to enforce the provisions of this article, and prevent 56 or restrain any person from violating any such provision. A successfulA. 1975 5 1 action for compliance under this section may also require payment by the 2 defendant of the costs incurred by the council in bringing the action. 3 § 14-107. Lobbying restrictions. No funds collected by the council 4 shall be used in any manner for influencing legislation or elections, 5 except that the council may recommend to the president changes in this 6 article or other statutes that would further the purpose of this arti- 7 cle. 8 § 14-108. Pricing. In all cases, the price of propane shall be deter- 9 mined by market forces. Consistent with the antitrust laws, the council 10 may take no action, nor may any provision of this article be interpreted 11 as establishing an agreement to pass along to consumers the cost of the 12 assessment provided for in section 14-105 of this article. 13 § 14-109. Relation to other programs. Nothing in this article may be 14 construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to propane 15 education and safety organized and operated under the laws of the state 16 of New York. 17 § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 391- 18 aa to read as follows: 19 § 391-aa. Liquefied petroleum gas systems; consumer protections. 1. 20 On or after July first, two thousand eighteen, no liquefied petroleum 21 gas marketer or any other person shall install, inspect or service 22 liquefied petroleum gas systems in New York state or hold himself, 23 herself or itself out to be qualified or adequately trained to install, 24 inspect or service liquefied petroleum gas systems in New York state 25 without first successfully completing the following portions of a 26 propane safety and training program known as the Propane Education and 27 Research Council's Certified Employee Training Program, as amended from 28 time to time: 29 a. Basic Principles and Practices of Propane (also known as Book 1.0); 30 b. Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distributions Systems (also 31 known as Book 4.1); 32 c. Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operation 33 (also known as Book 4.2); 34 d. Installing Appliances and Interior Vapor Distribution Systems (also 35 known as Book 4.3); and 36 e. Designing and Installing Dispenser Transfer Systems (also known as 37 Book 5.1); 38 Such training shall be provided by a qualified propane industry organ- 39 ization. 40 2. Within thirty days of the effective date of this section, every 41 liquefied petroleum gas marketer or any other person hired to install, 42 inspect, or service a liquefied petroleum gas system shall post on his, 43 her, or its website, if such a website is maintained, an indication of 44 whether the training required by this section has been completed by the 45 individuals that will be performing such work. Prior to commencing the 46 installation, inspection or service of a liquefied petroleum gas system, 47 a liquefied petroleum gas marketer or any other person hired to perform 48 such work shall provide the customer or prospective customer, upon 49 request, a written notice that the individuals that will perform such 50 work have successfully completed the training required by this section. 51 3. In the event that a liquefied petroleum gas marketer or any other 52 person hired to install, inspect or service a liquefied petroleum gas 53 system performs such work without having first successfully completed 54 the training required by this section, such liquefied petroleum gas 55 marketer or such other person shall be civilly liable for any propertyA. 1975 6 1 damage, injury or death caused by such installation, inspection or 2 service. 3 4. It is hereby declared to be a deceptive trade act and practice and 4 unlawful for any liquefied petroleum gas marketer or any other person to 5 hold himself, herself or itself out to be qualified or adequately 6 trained to install, inspect or service liquefied petroleum gas systems 7 in New York state without first successfully completing the training 8 required by this section. 9 5. Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter or supersede 10 any requirements pertaining to liquefied petroleum gases set forth in 11 the Fire Code of New York State or the Fuel Gas Code of New York State. 12 6. For the purposes of this section the following terms shall have the 13 following meanings: 14 a. "Person" shall mean any natural person, sole proprietorship, part- 15 nership, corporation, limited liability company, trust, incorporated or 16 unincorporated association, or any other legal entity. 17 b. "Liquefied petroleum gas" shall mean liquefied petroleum gas as 18 such term is defined in section one hundred ninety-two-e of the agricul- 19 ture and markets law. 20 c. "Liquefied petroleum gas system" shall mean any system, equipment, 21 or component, individually or collectively, that utilizes liquefied 22 petroleum gas including but not limited to a storage container, storage 23 cylinder, end point or points of combustion, appliances and all attach- 24 ments utilizing or transporting liquefied petroleum gas. 25 d. "Liquefied petroleum gas marketer" shall mean any natural person, 26 sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability compa- 27 ny, trust, incorporated or unincorporated association, or any other 28 legal entity engaged directly in the retail sale or retail transport of 29 liquefied petroleum gas. 30 e. "Qualified propane industry organization" shall mean the New York 31 propane gas association, the national propane gas association, a succes- 32 sor organization of these associations, or any other propane industry 33 organization authorized to do business in New York state that is 34 designed primarily to provide information regarding propane, propane 35 equipment, mechanical and technical practices, and propane uses to 36 consumers and members of the propane industry. 37 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.