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Calendar >  Anderson’s Urging, Governor Brown Vetoes Bill that Limits Access to Democracy

Anderson’s Urging, Governor Brown Vetoes Bill that Limits Access to Democracy

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Senator Anderson requested Brown to veto AB 1947 which would have made it criminal to pay petition circulators on a per-signature basis.

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1947 on Tuesday which would have made it a criminal offense to pay petition circulators per signature. Thus, the costs to place a measure on the ballot would increase significantly because signature-gatherers would have to be paid hourly.

Senator Anderson spoke strongly against the measure on the Senate floor arguing that the bill would create a barrier to entry for the state’s poorer citizens to their initiative process. As a result, “only rich people could afford to put things on the ballot” if the bill passed, he argued.

Anderson also sent a veto request letter to Brown on Friday, Sept. 14 and argued that, “At the end of the day, getting something on the ballot and getting something passed are two entirely different things and this bill will limit California voters’ access to that right of initiative and to make those decisions.”

Anderson was joined by a number of taxpayer groups including the California Taxpayers Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in opposing the bill. It was also opposed by the League of Women Voters among other groups.

Senator Joel Anderson represents the 38th Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and to the State Senate in 2010.

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