Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 1796, Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act   [open pdf - 18KB]

"H.R. 1796 would amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to establish as mandatory consumer product safety rules existing standards for certain carbon monoxide detection devices. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $2 million per year for fiscal years 2011 through 2015 to provide grants to states and local governments to carry out the carbon monoxide poisoning prevention activities specified in the bill. The activities would include purchasing and installing approved carbon monoxide alarms, training state or local fire code enforcement officials, developing training materials, and educating the public about the risks of carbon monoxide. Based on preliminary information from the agency, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates the cost of administering the grants would be less than $1 million per year for fiscal years 2011 through 2015. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts for the grants and the amounts necessary for administrative costs, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1796 would cost $12 million over the 2011-2015 period. Enacting H.R. 1796 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply."

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