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Carbon monoxide detectors may be mandated in Wis

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Carbon monoxide detectors would be required in all homes and duplexes in Wisconsin under a bill approved Thursday by the Legislature.

The proposal passed the Senate on a voice vote, and the Assembly adopted it on a 69-27 vote.

The bill would require detectors on every level of the home, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. If signed by Gov. Jim Doyle, the law would take effect in 2011.

Rep. Gordon Hintz says the requirement will save lives even though there is no penalty for not complying. The Oshkosh Democrat noted that 2,000 Americans die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Republican Rep. Robin Vos of Racine complained the bill was an unnecessary mandate.

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