California Assembly Bill 6 (2009)

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California Assembly Bill 6 (2009)
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Legislature:California state legislature
Text:AB 6
Sponsor(s):Assembly Member Lori Saldana (D-76)
Legislative History
State house:May 28, 2009
State senate:August 31, 2009
Governor:Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
Vetoed:October 11, 2009
Legal Environment
State law:Laws governing the initiative
process in California
Code:Section 9024 to the Elections Code
California Assembly Bill 6 (AB 6) was approved in the California legislature but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on October 11, 2009. The primary sponsor of AB 6 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.

Provisions

AB 6 would have required petition drive management companies that hire signature gatherers to qualify state or local initiatives for the ballot to pay an annual fee and register with the California Secretary of State. AB 6 would also have required these firms to provide a training program for signature gatherers on state laws regarding the initiative process and submit proof of such training to the secretary of state.[1]

Criticisms of AB 6

Pundit Meredith Turney criticized the motivation behind AB 6. Referring to a legislative hearing about AB 6, 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."[2]

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