Senate rejects cellphone warning bill

Posted June 02, 2011, at 12:36 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate has rejected a bill calling for cellphone safety notifications, leaving its prospects for passage in doubt.

Senators voted 20-13 on Thursday to reject the bill, which comes up a year after Maine lawmakers rejected a different bill requiring warnings about cellphone use, and days after the International Agency for Research on Cancer said cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents.

The bill rejected by the Senate would require cellphones and their packaging have warning labels relating to potential health effects.

An amended version approved by the House directs cellular telephone manufacturers to place safety notifications already in the cellphone manual also on the box of the cellphone.