Governor claims reform too “dramatic”
by Brian Leubitz
Last week, Justine Sarver wrote about SB 168, a fairly simple reform that would ban paying initiative signature gatherers per signature. As Justine noted, the reform would reduce the risk of signature fraud and offer more secure employment with a living wage. However, yesterday Governor Brown vetoed the bill:
Brown wasn’t swayed: “This is a dramatic change to a long established democratic process in California,” he wrote. “I am not persuaded that the unintended consequences won’t be worse than the abuse the bill aims to prevent.”
Corbett, in a statement, said she was disappointed in the veto. “Direct democracy can only work if voters know what they are signing and voting upon,” she said. “This law has proved to be an effective remedy in other states to help prevent fraud without making it more difficult to put initiatives on the ballot.” (SacBee)
Hopefully the bill will come back in some form or fashion. As it stands now, the process needs some “dramatic” change.