Carbon monoxide detectors; Board of Housing & Community Development to establish requirements. (SB853)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Carbon monoxide detectors in certain buildings. Provides that any locality may, by ordinance, require carbon monoxide alarms be installed in (i) any building containing one or more dwelling units, (ii) any hotel or motel regularly used, offered for, or intended to be used to provide overnight sleeping accommodations, and (iii) any rooming house regularly used, offered for, or intended to be used to provide overnight sleeping accommodations when such structures or buildings contain dwelling units that have an attached garage or carport or are serviced by fuel-fired appliances. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
12/29/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091408228
12/29/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/03/2009Reported from Local Government with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Committee substitute printed 092080228-S1
02/05/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Read second time
02/06/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2009Committee substitute agreed to 092080228-S1
02/06/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB853S1
02/09/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB853S1)
02/19/2009Referred from General Laws
02/19/2009Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/20/2009Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources(Cox)
02/20/2009Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/28/2009Left in Appropriations


chris neikirk writes:

I have a friend whose whole family (2 adults, 2 children ages 10 & 8) died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning while renting a vacation home in Colorado. They went to sleep one night and never woke up. The accident could have easily been prevented had the house had a carbon monoxide detector. (For a summary of this tragic story, please click here:

Most detectors cost under $75 - a cost that seems unbelievably nominal considering the consequences of not having one.