In addition to architectural coatings, products affected by the measure include aerosol coatings, caulks, sealants and adhesives. The measure is one of many actions being pursued by the state to address a severe budget shortfall that is projected at $25 billion to $35 billion. Details of the fee program, including how fee amounts are to be determined, would be developed by CARB following Gov. Gray Davis’s signing of the bill.
Industry sources say CARB will be required to conduct public meetings on the details of the fee program before the fees become effective. Those sources said the earliest the program could be finalized and approved by the CARB board would be late this year or early in 2004.