California state Sen. Josh Newman (D) dropped his bill that would reveal the names on recall petitions:
State Sen. Josh Newman, a Democrat, said Tuesday he’s pulling the bill due to pressure from supporters of a likely recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat. Newman’s bill would not have applied to the anti-Newsom effort, but that movement’s supporters vehemently opposed it, saying it would violate citizen privacy and intimidate voters.
“The environment is so charged around the recall that it made it hard to have a thoughtful discussion around this bill,” Newman said.
Newman, who represents parts of Orange County, was recalled from office in 2018 but won election again in 2020.
California voters can recall governors, state lawmakers, judges and local elected officials.
The state legislature would not have passed the bill in time for Newsom to view those who signed the recall petition.