Referendum and Initiative Transparency Information

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 am

Referendum and Initiative Transparency Information

By Bruce Gach

The Independent

At the July 23 Livermore City Council meeting, a letter to the State Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee supporting SB 47 was unanimously approved. The measure requires individuals who are asked to sign state or local initiatives, referendums or recall petitions to be provided with information about the committees and/or funders paying for the measures. Their names should be attached to the document. Councilmembers also unanimously agreed to craft a separate letter supporting AB 1451, making it a misdemeanor to pay a signature collector based on the number of signatures collected.

Mayor John Marchand asked Christine Martin, Deputy City Manager, if it were possible to craft a local ordinance to do both what SB 47 and AB 1451 were proposing. Martin replied that staff would return with information concerning those possibilities.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:00 am.