Haslam signs bill requiring RV monoxide monitors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a bill to require working carbon monoxide detectors in leased recreational vehicles.

The bill was sponsored by two Clarksville Democrats, Sen. Tim Barnes and Rep. Joe Pitts, in response to the deaths of five people from carbon monoxide poisoning at a biker charity event last year.

The measure requires all lease or rental agreements to contain a statement acknowledging that the vehicle is equipped with a working detector.

Police said the deaths were accidental after a generator was found near a vent for the trailer where the five people were sleeping. There was no working carbon monoxide detector in the trailer.

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