New York Considers Legislation on Bowling Shoes

New York Considers Legislation on Bowling Shoes

The New York State Assembly, following the lead of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s interference in all things mundane, is considering legislation that involves bowling shoes. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-59th District) New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-140th District) are behind legislation that would require bowling alley owners to post signs warning bowlers not to wear their shoes outside, where they might get wet and cause the bowlers to return, slip on the lanes, and sue.

There have apparently been lawsuits filed in the last ten years by bowlers who have slipped from wet shoes, possibly caused by bowlers being required by law to smoke outside, where it was raining or snowing. Gallivan stated that bowling alley owners asked him to intercede because of rising insurance costs. He said, “Some things that might seem small to others might be of significance to another group. Constituents come in all shapes and sizes, and every one of them have their own particular issues. I think it’s their representative’s role to speak up for them and, if it’s appropriate, to provide a legislative solution. That’s what we’re here for.” 

Schimminger added:

It was legislation which led to laws requiring restaurants to post signs instructing how to save someone from choking. We have legislation that puts warnings on cigarette packages . . . so there are many laws that that provide for warnings to people to do what is common sense. There may be people who will look up and see the warning sign, and they just might be reminded that it is unsafe with these particular type of shoes that are designed to slide to begin with.

One part of the proposed legislation would prevent people from suing the alleys if they ignored the suggested signs.