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Legislation about smoke detectors faces local opposition


Eau Claire Co. (WQOW) - A state bill introduced by local lawmakers is meeting local opposition.

Current state law requires all homes to have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. But two state bills would exempt Amish homes or any home without electricity.

The bills were introduced by local lawmaker Kathy Bernier after a number of Amish families were told to install the detectors or face being evicted. The Amish objected to installing the detectors because of their religious beliefs.

Tuesday night, the Eau Claire County Planning and Development Committee recommended the county board oppose the bill. That recommendation will go to the full county board at its next meeting.

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