General Building Laws for New York.
Following is the text of the bill now before the New York Senate providing for a commission on general building laws:
SECTION 1. The Governor is hereby authorized, within thirty days after the passage of this act, to appoint a commission of three experts skilled in the construction of buildings to draft suitable laws for the construction, regulation and inspection of buildings, and the better protection of life and property therein, applicable to the various cities in this State.
SEC. 2. The said laws shall be in three classes, viz.:
- A building law applicable to all cities in the State exceeding 75,000 inhabitants, excepting the cities of New York and Brooklyn.
- A building law applicable to all cities in the State exceeding 35,000, but not exceeding 75,000 inhabitants.
- A building law applicable to all cities in the State not exceeding 35,000 inhabitants.
The said laws to be limited in their application in the said several cities to such districts as are now or may hereafter be established as fire limits by the common councils in said cities respectively.
SEC. 3. The said commission shall report its work to the legislature on or before the fifteenth day of January, 1891.
SEC. 4. The first named of the three commissioners appointed as herein provided shall be chairman of the commission. Each of the commissioners shall be paid twenty-five hundred dollars, except the chairman, who shall be paid three thousand dollars. The said commission shall have power to employ legal counsel and the services of such persons as may be necessary, which, together with printing and other necessary expenses in the prosecution of their duties, shall not exceed in the aggregate the sum of two thousand dollars. The sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated for the salaries and expenses authorized by this act, payable by the treasurer, on the warrant of the comptroller, as may be called for in monthly installments by the chairman of said commission. Any vacancy occurring in said commission shall be filled by the Governor.
SEC. 5. This act shall take effect on its passage.