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Committee Approves Smoke, Carbon Detector Bill

The portion of the bill that would fine and/or imprison homeowners for not complying has been removed.

The proposal that would require all installed was approved 18-5 by the Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday, according to the Connecticut Post.

The committee, however, removed from the proposal language that would have fined homeowners up to $1,000 and six months in prison for not complying because it was deemed unenforceable. Rep. Stephen Dargan, D-West Haven, told the Post that removing the penalty would give the proposal "a cleaner chance" of being passed through the General Assembly.

The bill, which goes into effect on October 1 if passed, would also require homes undergoing renovations to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.

The bill was brought to the General Assembly last week in reaction to the .

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