Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 1, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a measure that would have made it illegal for petition circulators to be paid by the signature, his office announced today.

In a veto message, the Democratic governor said Senate Bill 168 by Sen. Ellen Corbett D-San Leandro, would drive up the cost of circulating petitions, “thereby further favoring the wealthiest interests.”

Moreover, Brown wrote, the ban would eliminate any incentive program. “It doesn’t seem very practical to me to create a system that makes productivity goals a crime.”

Corbett’s bill passed the Legislature on largely party-line votes, with Brown’s fellow Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Supporters said the paid signature process invites abuses, including gatherers forging signatures and misinforming voters about the proposed measures.

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