AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine state lawmaker has proposed making carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in more buildings than currently required.

Under current law, carbon monoxide detectors are required in rental units and single-family homes that change hands, as well as homes, hotels, motels and dormitories built or extensively remodeled after Aug. 1, 2012.

State Sen. Bill Diamond wants to extend those rules to older hotels, motels, dormitories and day-care centers. His proposal is scheduled to be discussed Monday by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

The Windham Democrat, noting that potentially deadly carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1JeIai5) it’s a common sense measure.

The measure has the support of the Maine Innkeepers Association, which in the past has opposed mandatory detectors because of costs.


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