In an emotion filled hearing, families who have lost loved ones to carbon monoxide poisoning in Colorado pleaded with state lawmakers Tuesday to pass a bill requiring detectors in homes and apartment buildings. The measure is being considered following the deaths of six people from carbon monoxide poisoning in recent weeks. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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