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More Costly To File State Ballot Initiatives?

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Sacramento, CA — A bill that passed through the California Senate this week would make it more costly for citizens to file state ballot measures.

The current fee is $200, and the proposed change would increase it to $2,000. The fee is used to help cover the costs of the Attorney General’s Office to complete a legal title and summary. The $200 fee was approved 72 years ago, and the state estimates that the Attorney General’s costs are now closer to $8,000. The proponent of the legislation, Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, also indicated that the change was spurred by a recent ballot proposal that called for authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians. The change to $2,000 would be designed to dissuade frivolous ballot measures.

The measure now moves to the Assembly.

  • California Statehouse