- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate has killed a bill that would have established a paint disposal program funded by a fee on paint sold in New Hampshire.

The program could have meant an increase in the price of paint to cover the program’s cost.

Supporters said it would give consumers a way to empty garages and basements of old paint cans at free drop-off sites. Opponents said the fee would hurt consumers.

Under the bill, manufacturers would charge participating retailers 75 cents per gallon of paint to cover the disposal cost. The fee would be 35 cents for smaller amounts and $1.60 for cans larger than a gallon. A nonprofit organization designated by the state would run the program.

The Senate voted 16-7 against the bill Thursday.

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