Bill to ban bounty on petition signatures introduced in state House
November 9, 2012 | MPRN The bill was introduced in the state House just a couple days after Michigan voters shot down all six proposals on the November ballot.
The measure aims to keep campaigns from paying circulators for every individual signature they collect. Supporters say that gives circulators an incentive to mislead voters.
Republican state Representative Ken Horn says it also gives any campaign with enough money the chance to change the state’s constitution.
“We want to make sure that we’re not going to open up our constitution every time California waves a hundred-dollar bill under our nose.”
Campaigns could still pay petition circulators by the hour under the bill. But circulators would have to disclose who’s paying them to anyone who asks.
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