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AB-1832 Initiative measures: filing fee.(2009-2010)

Senate:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Assembly:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Bill Status
AB-1832
Saldana (A)
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Initiative measures: filing fee.
03/14/10
An act to amend Section 9001 of the Elections Code, relating to initiatives.
Assembly
09/01/10

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/23/10 Vetoed by Governor.
09/07/10 Enrolled and to the Governor at 12 p.m.
08/24/10 In Assembly. To enrollment.
08/24/10 Read third time, passed, and to Assembly. (Ayes 21. Noes 15. Page 4848.)
06/17/10 Read second time. To third reading.
Governor's Veto Message














To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1832 without my signature.

This bill gradually increases the current fee that proponents of an initiative are required to pay when submitting a draft of a measure to the Attorney General. The increase goes from the current $200 fee up to $2,000 in 2017.

One of the reasons stated for this legislation is that the current fee does not cover the costs to prepare a title and summary for an initiative. As I stated when vetoing similar legislation last year, the fee was initially established to deter frivolous filings and I cannot support changing the purpose of the fee from this original intent. While the argument may be made that the current fee is no longer a sufficient deterrent, I cannot support increasing the fee ten-fold. While well-funded special interest groups would have no problem paying the sharply increased fee, it will make it more difficult for citizen groups to qualify an initiative. Therefore, I am unable to sign this bill.

Sincerely,



Arnold Schwarzenegger