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SB-168 Petitions: compensation for signatures.(2011-2012)



SECTION 1.

 Section 102.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

102.5.
 (a) It shall be unlawful for a person to pay or to receive money or any other thing of value based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition.
(b) Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor, as follows:
(1) A person or organization who pays a person based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition shall be punished by a fine not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
(2) A person who is paid based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
(c) Nothing in this section prohibits the payment for signature gathering not based, either directly or indirectly, on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.