California Assembly Bill 426 (AB 426)
is a bill proposed in the California State Assembly
that would incrementally increase the current fee that proponents of an initiative measure are required to pay at the time of submitting the draft of the measure to the Attorney General from $200 to $2,000.
The primary sponsor of AB 426 is Lori Saldana, a member of the state assembly from San Diego. She has introduced several other bills that impose restrictions on the initiative process.
Criticisms of AB 426
Pundit Meredith Turney criticized the motivation behind AB 426. Referring to a legislative hearing about AB 426, Turney wrote:
- "The process was labeled “broken,” “abused,” and “fraudulent,” thus requiring more legislative (bureaucratic) oversight. These are all laughable, hypocritical accusations considering several Republican attempts to secure the voting process through photo identification have never made it out of their first committee hearing. With organizations like ACORN still in business, it’s voter registration that’s better described by all the pejoratives heaped on the initiative process."