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CT Lawmakers Propose Quieter Movie Theaters

MOVIE THEATREHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Movie-goers whose ears hurt after watching a film could get some relief from a bill being considered by Connecticut state lawmakers.
   The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee was scheduled on Tuesday to hear testimony on a proposal that would establish a maximum decibel level at movie theaters across the state.
   Under the proposal, theater license holders could not show a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels.
   A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration allows workers to be exposed to 90 decibels over eight hours.
   Sen. Joan Hartley, the panel’s co-chairman, said she recently learned of a study conducted in Texas that determined those theaters with unhealthy sound levels “were way over the edge.”
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