California governor vetoes bill to ban per-signature payment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has once again vetoed a bill that would have banned paying people based on the number of signatures they collect for ballot initiatives.

Brown announced his decision Tuesday. He says in his veto message that banning per-signature payments would drive up the cost to qualify an initiative for the ballot.

Brown vetoed a nearly identical bill in 2011.

Initiative proponents must collect a certain number of signatures to place a measure on the ballot in California. It can cost millions to collect enough to qualify a measure.

It was one of dozens of bills Brown acted on Tuesday. He also vetoed legislation that aimed to eliminate conflicts of interests by sheriffs who serve dually as county coroners.

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