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Brown Signs Bills To Modernize State Election, Campaign Finance Laws

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills designed to modernize California's election and campaign finance laws, including allowing voters to register on Election Day.

Brown announced Monday that he signed the same-day voter registration bill, AB 1436 by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles.

He also signed SB1001 by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. It will double to $100 the annual registration fee paid by lobbyists and require a $50-a-year fee for political committees that support candidates or causes.

The money will go to improving CalAccess, the state's website that campaign contributions and lobbying activity.

Another bill, AB2080, by Democratic Assemblyman Rich Gordon of Menlo Park, will make it easier for vote-by-mail voters to allow others to drop off their ballot.

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