McCrory signs CO detectors mandate
by Kellen Short
Gov. Pat McCrory signed Friday the Regulatory Reform Act, a bill changed at the end of the legislative session in July to include a provision requiring hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors.
The bill requires that by October all lodging establishments install carbon monoxide detectors in every enclosed space that contains a fuel-burning appliance and any rooms that share a wall, floor or ceiling with those spaces.
That segment of the bill was added this spring after the deaths of three people from carbon monoxide exposure at Boone's Best Western hotel.
McCrory threatened a veto July 26, saying he was still reviewing the entire bill and was concerned about parts related to billboards and landfills.
But he praised the reforms in a statement released Friday announcing that it had earned his signature.
"This common sense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations and puts job creation first here in North Carolina," McCrory said. "Signing the Regulatory Reform Act into law today is another step toward making North Carolina more friendly to job creators."