Utah Senate OKs carbon monoxide monitor bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm •  Published: February 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate has advanced a proposal to require carbon monoxide monitors in K-12 schools.

Senators voted 21-3 on Wednesday to send the bill onward to the House.

Salt Lake City Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis says he's sponsoring the measure in the wake of a gas leak at a southern Utah elementary school last November that sickened more than 40 people.

To date, Utah is among the many states that don't require carbon monoxide detectors in schools.

The devices would need to be installed in mechanical rooms near furnaces or water heaters and kitchen areas in buildings with gas appliances.

Legislative workers estimate the devices will cost about $800 per school.

The bill must be approved by the House and signed by the governor in order to become law.