- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate is considering establishing a paint disposal program funded by a fee on paint sold in New Hampshire.

The Senate votes Thursday whether to back the program which could mean an increase in the price of paint.

Supporters say it would give consumers a way to empty garages and basements of old paint cans at free drop-off sites.

The bill came under fire in the House from Republicans who argued the fee amounted to a tax on paint.

Under the House-approved 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.

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