California bill to ban paying per signature for ballot measures passes
August 24, 2018
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.