On August 6, California Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) again introduced his old bill to make it criminal for a group to pay registration drive workers on a per-registration card basis, “either directly or indirectly.” This is the same wording that was formerly in AB 2058. Now it is AB 145.
AB 145 was introduced in 2011 and changed certain aspects of the High Speed Rail Authority. It had passed the Assembly on June 3, 2011, but had not passed the State Senate. The former contents of AB 145 are now deleted, and the bill now deals with voter registration. The legislature meets for four more weeks.
The bill is now co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton). Ironically, given that both authors are Democrats, last week a U.S. District Court enjoined a Texas law that made it illegal to pay registration drive workers if payment was associated with productivity of that worker. That Texas case was won by an attorney who often represents the Texas Democratic Party.