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AB-1451 Petition circulators.(2019-2020)

Senate:
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Cmt
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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-1451
Low (A)
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Bonta (A) , Gonzalez (A)
Petition circulators.
03/25/19
An act to amend Sections 101, 9030, and 9031 of, and to add Sections 102.5, 9009.5, 9022.5, 9036, and 9037 to, the Elections Code, relating to elections.
Assembly
09/17/19
09/06/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/07/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/24/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/11/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 58. Noes 18. Page 3442.).
09/11/19 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 3370.)
09/10/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 12 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1451 without my signature.

This bill makes it a misdemeanor to pay signature gatherers based on the number of signatures they collect on a state or local initiative, referendum or recall petition, and requires that at least 10% of signatures on a state initiative petition be collected by unpaid circulators.

While I appreciate the intent of this legislation to incentivize grassroots support for the initiative process, I believe this measure could make the qualification of many initiatives cost-prohibitive, thereby having the opposite effect. I am a strong supporter of California's system of direct democracy and am reluctant to sign any bill that erects barriers to citizen participation in the electoral process.

For this reason, I cannot sign this bill.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom