Schools in California would have to pay an extra $10 waste recycling fee for every computer they purchase, under a bill passed by state legislators Aug. 31. The fee would apply to all businesses and consumers in the state, too.

At press time, Gov. Gray Davis was still considering whether to sign the legislation. Supporters say it would make California a leader in addressing a national and international problem that has its roots in the state's high-tech industries.

But critics—including the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)—say the problem should be addressed

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