The media have done a good job confusing the public about the Legislature's responsibility to pay for recall expenses. Thats why guys like "Bob" use the Espresso Pundit Comments section to allege that I'm actually the one who fudged the language. Give me a break. Here's the language from the Constitution:
Section 6. The general election laws shall apply to recall elections in so far as applicable. Laws necessary to facilitate the operation of the provisions of this article shall be enacted, including provision for payment by the public treasury of the reasonable special election campaign expenses of such officer.
That's very clear. The Legislature SHALL enact statutes to implement this section and those statutes will include the payment of recall expenses.
So why is there confusion? Because there's no penalty if the Legislature doesn't do it. Legislators swear an oath to uphold the Constitution and the Constitution clearly requires the Legislature to pass a law that pays for the recall expenses. However if they don't do it, there's no penalty. That's what de facto Democratic Party Spokesman E.J. Montini and the other media enablers call "optional."