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NEMA-Championed CO Bill clears California legislature.

Press Release Summary:

Sep 15, 2008 - On August 21, 2008, California legislature gave final stamp of approval to NEMA-endorsed legislation (SB 1386) to require installation of carbon monoxide devices in all dwelling units intended for human occupancy, including homes, apartments, and hotels. By enacting SB 1386, California will become 3rd state this year to codify CO protection, joining Wisconsin and North Carolina. Currently, 17 states and numerous localities have some type of CO requirement.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA-Championed CO Bill Clears California Legislature

Press release date: Aug 24, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va., August 24, 2008- On August 21, 2008, the California legislature gave its final stamp of approval to NEMA-endorsed legislation (SB 1386) to require the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) devices in all dwelling units intended for human occupancy, including homes, apartments, and hotels. The bill will now be sent to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature into law.

"This is an important win for California residents and visitors," NEMA President & CEO Evan R. Gaddis said. "By requiring the installation of CO devices in places where people live and sleep, California is demonstrating its commitment to promoting life safety. A win in a state like California will spur other states to enact similar protections for their residents."

By enacting SB 1386, California will become the third state this year to codify CO protection, joining Wisconsin and North Carolina. Currently, 17 states and numerous localities have some type of CO requirement on the books.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

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