AUGUSTA — A watered-down version of a bill that sought to require warnings on cell phones that they may cause brain cancer has been rejected by the Maine House after a lengthy debate. A Senate vote was pending.

Rep. Andrea Boland’s original bill sought to require warnings on mobile phones and their packaging that electromagnetic radiation from the devices can cause cancer, especially in children. With the industry and Gov. John Baldacci opposed, the bill was scaled back in committee.

Representatives voted 83-62 today against a version that directed Maine health officials to add links to their Web site to federal cell phone advisories. It also encouraged the federal government to increase research on the issue.

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