Proposal would let recall targets see who signed petitions

California politicians facing recalls would be allowed to see the names of people who sign the petitions to oust them under legislation that cleared its first committee Thursday.

If passed, it would take effect next year, meaning it would not apply to the expected recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. But leaders of that effort showed up at the Capitol in opposition to the proposal, saying it would discourage people from signing future petitions for fear of retaliation.

“This is a dangerous and reckless bill,” said Orrin Heatlie, the lead proponent of the Newsom recall. “It would stifle the process.”

State Sen. Josh Newman, the bill’s author, sees it differently. Newman, who represents parts of Orange and other counties, was recalled in 2018 before winning his seat back last November. He says the proposal would allow politicians to make sure voters weren’t duped into signing petitions and let them explain to voters how to withdraw their signatures if they wish.

DAWG SAYS: THIS IS LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY A LEGISLATOR WHO HAS BEEN RECALLED BEFORE, AND AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE FUTURE SIGNERS OF A RECALL. NOT A SURPRISE IN CALIFORNIA.


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