California Senate Bill 24 (2009)

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California Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Democrat Ellen M. Corbett and co-sponsored by Mark DeSaulnier and Dean Florez, would have made it illegal to pay initiative circulators on a pay-per-signature basis.[1][2]

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill the weekend of October 10-11, 2009.[3]

Jill Stewart, a reporter at LA Weekly, referred to the bill as "a blatant effort by legislators, working on behalf of huge special interests including Big Pharma, Big Labor and Big Business, to stop environmental groups, anti-tax groups and others from gathering the 450,000 to 700,000 signatures required to place an initiative, referendum or recall on the statewide ballot."[3]