Gov. Brown Nixes Late Senator’s Special Election Bill

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s Democratic governor has vetoed a proposal from a recently deceased Republican state senator that would have given the governor power to declare winners in one-candidate special elections.

SB49 was the only bill of Sen. Sharon Runner’s that passed the Legislature after she returned to the Capitol last year from a double-lung transplant. She died July 14 from respiratory complications.

The proposal would have allowed the governor to appoint a legislator if they’re the only candidate to qualify for a special election ballot. It was intended to save counties money by avoiding costly special elections.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in a veto message Monday that taking away voters’ ability to write in a candidate “doesn’t seem consistent with democratic principles that call for choice and robust debate.”

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