|SAME AS||No Same As|
|MLTSPNSR||Butler, Finch, Kolb, Oaks, Tedisco, Thiele|
|Add Art 3 Title 7 SS3-701 & 3-702, Gen Ob L|
|Provides that any person who voluntarily and without compensation renders certain volunteer service in sports programs of non-profit-making organizations shall be immune from liability for civil damages for acts or omissions in rendering such service unless the act or omission constituted gross negligence or wilfull misconduct on the part of any such person.|
|01/16/2015||referred to judiciary|
|01/06/2016||referred to judiciary|
|05/17/2016||held for consideration in judiciary|
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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: A2348 SPONSOR: Crouch (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general obligations law, in relation to immunity from civil liability of persons assisting in sports programs of non-profit-making organizations   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides civil immunity from damages for volunteers assisting in sports programs of non-profit-making organizations.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends Article 3 of the general obligations law by adding a new title 7.   JUSTIFICATION: In most instances, non-profit making organizations must rely upon volun- teers to conduct and administer sports programs sponsored by such organ- izations. The burgeoning threat of civil liability has reduced or has the ability to reduce the number of volunteers available and in turn permit such programs to flourish.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2348 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 16, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. CROUCH -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BUTLER, FINCH, KOLB, OAKS, TEDISCO, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the general obligations law, in relation to immunity from civil liability of persons assisting in sports programs of non- profit-making organizations The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Article 3 of the general obligations law is amended by 2 adding a new title 7 to read as follows: 3 TITLE 7 4 CIVIL IMMUNITY OF PERSONS ASSISTING IN 5 SPORTS PROGRAMS OF NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANIZATIONS 6 Section 3-701. Definitions. 7 3-702. Civil immunity of persons assisting in sports programs 8 of non-profit-making organizations. 9 § 3-701. Definitions. As used or referred to in this title, unless a 10 different meaning clearly appears from the context, the following terms 11 shall have the following meanings: 12 1. "Compensation" means the earnings of a person for labor or 13 services, but shall not include reimbursement for reasonable expenses 14 actually incurred or to be incurred. 15 2. "Non-profit-making organization" means a corporation, or unincorpo- 16 rated association, organized and operated exclusively for religious, 17 charitable or educational purposes, no part of the net earnings of which 18 inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. 19 3. "Sports program" means baseball, softball, football, basketball, 20 soccer and any other competitive sport formally recognized as a sport of 21 the Amateur Athletic Union or the National Collegiate Athletic Associ- 22 ation. The term shall be limited to a program which is operated primari- EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05271-01-5A. 2348 2 1 ly for the recreational and athletic benefit of persons under eighteen 2 years of age. 3 § 3-702. Civil immunity of persons assisting in sports programs of 4 non-profit-making organizations. Notwithstanding any inconsistent 5 provision of any general, special, or local law, any person who volun- 6 tarily and without compensation renders services as a manager, coach, 7 umpire or referee or as an assistant to a manager or coach in a sports 8 program of a non-profit-making organization, or any officer or employee 9 of such organization, conducting a sports program, shall not be liable 10 to any person for civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions in 11 rendering such services or in conducting such sports program unless it 12 is established that such act or omission constituted gross negligence or 13 willful misconduct on the part of any such person. 14 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 15 have become a law.