California Democrats want to raise cost of filing initiatives
SACRAMENTO, California: Lori Saldana is sponsoring a bill, AB 1832, that would raise the fee assessed for filing initiative language with California election officials over a six-year period from $200 to $2,000. Saldana, a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, represents the 76th Assembly District.
Since 1911, more than 1,600 initiatives have been filed and approved for circulation in California. 338, or about 21%, have qualified for the statewide ballot, and about a third of those were approved by voters.
Saldana has proposed other measures to restrict initiatives in the state. In 2009, she sponsored:
- Assembly Bill 6, which would require petition drive management companies to pay an annual fee and register with the California Secretary of State.
- Assembly Bill 1068, which would forbid contracts with signature gatherers premised upon whether or not the measure qualifies for the ballot.
- Laws governing the initiative process in California
- California 2010 ballot measures
- Changes in 2010 to laws governing ballot measures