California Governor’s Web Page Makes it Easy for Anyone to Ask for a Veto of a Particular Bill (for example, SB 205)

Ballot Access News:

California Governor Jerry Brown’s web page has this area for commenting on a bill that he is about to either sign or veto. Near the top is a section “Please choose your subject” and there are many generic issues listed. Underneath the alphabetical list of generic subjects is a list of bills that are on his desk, to be either signed or vetoed. First are listed the Assembly bills in numerical order, and then the Senate bills, also in numerical order.

Readers of this blog may wish to use this feature to ask him to veto SB 205, which makes it illegal for a voter registration worker to be paid on a per-signature basis. Under California’s new “top-two” law, the only way parties may keep their qualified status is to boost their registration up to approximately 110,000 registered members by November 2014. For the last 40 years, the only way parties in California have boosted their registration for purposes of qualifying for the ballot has been to hire “salespersons” who go out on the street and try to persuade people to register as a member of that particular party. This “sales” job is difficult, much more difficult than persuading someone to sign a petition. Making it illegal for parties that need more registered members to pay people on a “per-sale” job will make it much more expensive to get the job done.

Governor Brown must act on SB 205 by October 1, 2011.

UPDATE: In IPR comments, Richard Winger points out that you do not have to live in California to use this comment system.

3 thoughts on “California Governor’s Web Page Makes it Easy for Anyone to Ask for a Veto of a Particular Bill (for example, SB 205)

  1. Bill Sorensen

    Please do not let AB 144 pass. We have so many good laws that are in place now, adding another one will just add to the confusion. Just enforce the laws that arte in place now. Thanks

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