Carbon monoxide detector law would create undue burden

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

A sincere thanks to the six legislators Reps. John Coghill, R-North Pole; Jim Holm, R-Fairbanks; Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai; Bill Stolze, R-Chugiak; Beverly Masek, R-Willow; and Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla who were aware enough to vote against a bill that has taken away yet another personal freedom. The freedom to choose whether to place a carbon monoxide detector in my house or cabin.

Not only does it take away a freedom but also acts as a tax on the people of the state. The cost for these detectors ranges from $30 to $40 each.

If this law is passed, I am sure it will cost the state of Alaska scarce tax dollars to take it through the legislative process and then implement it with the associated regulations.

This is a government that has lost contact with the people who have elected it.

I urge our Senate not to pass this bill and the readers to note how your legislator voted.

David A. Applebee Sr., Chiniak

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