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SB-660 Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: compensation for signatures.(2021-2022)

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Bill Status
SB-660
Newman (S)
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Lorena Gonzalez (A) , Low (A)
Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: compensation for signatures.
03/24/21
An act to add Section 102.5 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.
Senate
09/10/21
06/23/21

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/05/21 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/05/21 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/13/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/08/21 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 11. Page 2518.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
09/02/21 In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Daily File Status
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Sen Governor's Vetoes 01-24-2022 17
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 660 without my signature.

This bill prohibits a person from paying money or providing any other thing of value based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition. The bill permits the Attorney General or a private person, acting as a qui tam plaintiff, to bring a civil action for a violation of this prohibition and imposes a monetary penalty.

As I stated in a veto message on similar legislation in 2019, I appreciate the intent of this bill to incentivize grassroots support for the initiative, referendum, and recall process. However, payment per signature remains one of the most economical methods to qualify for the ballot. This measure could therefore make the qualification of many initiatives cost-prohibitive for all but the wealthiest interests, thereby having the opposite effect. For this reason, I cannot sign this bill.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom