"It could be way up, way down," he said. "And so, I do prefer that there be some executive discretion here."
Assembly Member Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, said he's "not a fan of gutting bills and starting over," but that "some good policy" could come out of current efforts to rework the bill.
Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen, said he is "not optimistic that cheesemakers will suddenly have an epiphany and come our direction."
But he said his organization will, "in good faith," do what the committee has asked and sit down with cheesemakers to "see if we can resolve differences that we've got in approach and come to some common ground."
He said he also anticipates producers will come out in force at the CDFA hearing later this month and "demand awdditional revenues from Class 4b."
Following a similar hearing last December, CDFA adjusted milk prices on all five classes of milk, raising producers' monthly pool price about 25 cents per cwt. for four months, ending May 31.