Carbon monoxide bill advances in California

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A bill that would require all newer public and private K-12 schools to install carbon monoxide detectors has advanced in the California Assembly, according to an article from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Assembly Education Committee unanimously approved the bill March 20, sending it to the Appropriations Committee, according to the report, which noted that a cost estimate has not yet been prepared.

Assembly Bill 56, which is being shepherded by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego, requires specifically that all schools built or modernized after Jan. 1, 2014, have the CO detectors installed, the report noted.

A CO leak last December at a school in Atlanta sent more than 50 students and staff to the hospital.

Two states—Connecticut and Maryland—already have CO requirements in place, while Georgia and New Jersey are pursuing such legislation. The California bill has garnered support from the California State Firefighters Association and the California School Employees Association, and has the backing of a several other state coalitions, according to the report.