California: Bills Take Aim at Paid Signature-Gatherers

Mon, May 9 2011 — Source: Associated Press

Democrats in the state Senate approved two bills Monday designed to shorten the reins on professional signature-gatherers who have come to dominate California’s initiative process.
Under one bill, individuals would have to wear large-print badges specifying whether they are volunteers or are being paid to collect voter signatures.
“It gives a little transparency,” Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said of his bill.
SB448 also would require the badge to note whether the gatherer is registered to vote and, if so, where.

Read more at Sign On San Diego.