Califonia Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s AB 1117 will not pass this year. The bill would provide that statewide initiative petitions would be shown on the Secretary of State’s web page. Then, anyone who wants to circulate such a petition could print blank petition forms from that web page. The bill had passed the Assembly earlier, but it didn’t pass the Senate Appropriations Committee. Opponents of the idea say the practice would make fraud easier, because an unscrupulous person might print the cover page of two different initiatives, and collect signatures from people who thought they were signing for one initiative, but their signatures would be attached to some other initiative.
If California permitted statewide initiatives on 8.5 inch by eleven inch paper, that problem would be minimized. However, California statewide initiatives must be on legal size paper. Most home printers can’t print documents on legal size paper.