The road to passage of the bill has been long. Originally developed by State Senator Byron Sher (D-California), it was actually vetoed by Governor Davis last year. The "e-waste" bill was opposed strongly by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the retail community at large. At the time, HP argued that these extra fees would not be placed on companies outside the California border, therefore giving outside retailers and companies a competitive advantage.
The North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) felt the same way, and embarked on a
letter-writing campaign to urge a veto on the bill. Elly Valas, NARDA's president and CEO, said that independent dealers used to like taking old appliances. "It used to be a money maker, now it is an expense," she said. Valas explained that old appliances are harder to resell and are costly to dispose of. NARDA is keeping watch on the laws being introduced on the local level throughout the United States, and is looking beyond. "The model we're watching is Europe," she said.