California Ban on State Legislators Voting on Bills that Impact Their Campaign Donors (2010)

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A California Ban on State Legislators Voting on Bills that Impact Their Campaign Donors (09-0069) did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California as an initiated state statute.

On October 20, 2009, Michael Levin filed a request with the Office of the California Attorney General for an official ballot title on the act. On December 22, 2009, a ballot title was provided and a petition drive deadline of May 21, 2010 was set. This petition drive deadline was not met and the initiative did not qualify for the ballot.[1]

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Ballot title

The following title was provided by the Attorney General:[2]

Prohibits Legislators from Voting on Legislation that Financially Affects Contributors. Initiative Statute.[3]

Ballot Summary

The following summary was provided by the Attorney General:[2]

Prohibits any legislator from voting on, or introducing as a lead author, "nongeneral" legislation that financially impacts those who have given the legislator a contribution or gift within the past 12 months. Applies to legislation that is reasonably foreseeable to have a direct and significant impact on one or more identifiable person or piece of property, but not on a significant segment of the general public.[3]

Estimated fiscal impact

The following statement of estimated fiscal impact was provided by the Attorney General:[2]

Minor increased state government costs associated with monitoring and enforcement of gifts, contributions, and actions by state legislators.[3]

Additions to code

According to the language filed with election officials, the initiative, if approved, would add the following language to California's government code:

87102.7. A Member of the Legislature shall not take any of the following actions with respect to legislation that constitutes nongeneral legislation within the meaning of Section 87102.6 if it is reasonably foreseeable that the legislation will have a direct and significant financial impact on the source of a contribution or gift received by the Member within the previous 12 months: (a) Introduce the legislation as a lead author. (b) Cast a vote on the legislation in a legislative committee or subcommittee. (c) Cast a roll call vote on the legislation on the floor of the Senate or Assembly.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

To qualify for the ballot, supporters needed to collect 433,971 valid signatures by May 21, 2010. This deadline was not met.

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