Bill To Ban Paying Per Signature For Ballot Measures Passes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers have again sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to ban paying people based on the number of signatures they collect to place initiatives on the ballot. The state Senate voted 25-14 Thursday to send the measure to Brown, who vetoed a similar measure in 2011. State law requires initiative proponents collect a certain number of signatures to place a measure on the ballot. It can cost millions to collect enough to qualify a measure. Supporters of the bill argue paying per-signature creates an incentive for signature gatherers to deceive voters about what they are signing. Brown argued in his 2011 veto message that banning per-signature payment would make it more expensive to place measures on the ballot. It would also apply to referendum and recall petitions.

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