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California bill to ban paying per signature for ballot measures passes

Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have again sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to ban paying people based on the number of signatures they collect to place initiatives on the ballot.The state Senate voted 25-14 Thursday to send the measure to Brown, who vetoed a similar measure in 2011.

State law requires initiative proponents collect a certain number of signatures to place a measure on the ballot. It can cost millions to collect enough to qualify a measure.

Supporters of the bill argue paying per-signature creates an incentive for signature gatherers to deceive voters about what they are signing.

Brown argued in his 2011 veto message that banning per-signature payment would make it more expensive to place measures on the ballot.

It would also apply to referendum and recall petitions.