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AB-1947 Petitions: compensation for signatures.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Low (A)
Petitions: compensation for signatures.
An act to add Section 102.5 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/18/18 Vetoed by Governor.
08/28/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/23/18 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
08/23/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 25. Noes 14. Page 5650.).
08/17/18 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1947 without my signature.

This bill prohibits paying circulators to collect signatures on an initiative, referendum, or recall petition on a per-signature basis.

As I stated in my veto message to an almost identical bill --SB 168 of 2011-- "per-signature payment is often the most cost-effective method for collecting the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed to qualify a ballot measure. Eliminating this option will drive up the cost of circulating ballot measures, thereby further favoring the wealthiest interests." 
While I understand the potential abuses of the current per-signature payment system, my perspective has not changed since 2011.
I cannot sign this bill.  

Edmund G. Brown Jr.