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There are three aspects to this test: performing research on the wikis, performing research on the internet, and adding information to an established page. Upon completion of each element, add them to the section of this page called "Results." This test is timed; plan to spend approximately one hour on it in total. Note your start and finish times in the section below.

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Times

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October 2, 2013

Start time: 12:07 pm CST

End time: 1:30 pm CST

Start time: 6:55pm CST

End time: 8:58 pm CST

Wiki research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format. Please use pages on the wiki to find your answers.

  1. How many statewide measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot?
  2. How many states have a Lieutenant Governor? Which states do not?
  3. Who are the members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee?
  4. How many measures relating to Medical Marijuana were on the ballot in 1998? Which (if any) were approved?
  5. Who is the current representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives?

Internet research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format.

  1. Who is on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI? When were they elected?
  2. What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?
  3. Who sponsored HB 477 in the Utah 2011 session? What did the bill do? What is its current status?

Bill summary & timeline

In a similar fashion to this United States budget debate, 2013 page, please summarize a bill of your choosing from the 113th Congress and provide a "Congressional timeline" similar to the one on the budget page.

Results

Write your answers to the research questions here in a bullet-pointed list.

Wiki Research

Internet research

  • The city councilmen for Sun Prairie, WI[1] are:
    • Russell Fassbender, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2007, and re-elected in 2009 and 2011.
    • Hariah Hutkowski, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2006, and re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
    • Johnathan Freund, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2006, and re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
    • Andrea Gage, elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2013.
    • Zachary Weber, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in 2005, re-elected in 2007, 2009, and 2011.
    • Al Hoffmann, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2010, re-elected in April 2012.
    • Mary Polenske, first elected to the Sun Prairie City Council in April of 2010, re-elected in 2012.
  • The limited nature of the California Public Records Act's definition of public body led the court to declare that the California State University, Fresno Association, Inc, a CSU non-profit affiliate, is not a public body and therefore not subject to public records requests[2].
  • State Senator Lyle Hillyard sponsored HB 477 , which was introduced to the Utah House of Representatives on March 1, 2011[3]. HB 477 was designed to modify provisions of the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, by restricting public access to some electronic communications of public officials, including text messages, voice mails and video chat, and eliminating language stating that government records are presumed to be public.[4]. The bill was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert on March 8, 2011[5], but the barely two-week-old law was repealed on March 25, 2011 after state legislators were the target of public and media scrutiny.[6].

Bill Summary & Timeline

Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Summary: The first version of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 was introduced by Rep. Steve Womack (R, AR-3) on February 14, 2013, in the House as H.R. 684[7] and in the Senate by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) as S. 336A[8]. A nearly identical bill was introduced to the 112th Congress, but expired without enactment. The bill was re-introduced by Sen. Enzi on April 16, 2013 in the Senate as S. 743[9] and was passed there on May 6, 2013. The bill awaits action by the House.

Purpose: To require online retailers to collect sales tax during transactions for states they do not have a physical presence in.

Congressional Timeline:

February 14, 2013:: A version of a previous bill (S. 1832[10]) is introduced to the House of Represenatives as H.R. 684[11] by Rep. Steve Womack ,and in the Senate as S. 336A[12] by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY).

April 16, 2013: Bill is reintroduced to Senate by Sen. Enzi as S.743[13]

May 6, 2013: S. 336A Passes in the Senate with a 69-27 vote[14], the bill is sent to the House for consideration.

Marketplace Fairness Act 2013, May 6, 2013[15]
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 46 5 51
Republican Party Republicans 21 22 43
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 69 27 96

June 6, 2013: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte tells a Norfolk, VA News Station that the Marketplace Fairness Act won't pass the House[16]. After the news story was released, Goodlatte issued a statement retracting what he had said. Correcting his on-air opinion, he explained: "I am open to considering legislation concerning this topic and the House is working on alternatives to the bill passed by the Senate."[17]

June 14, 2013: S. 336A is referred to the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law[18]

September 16, 2013: Goodlatte and other House Republicans are rumored to be taking a step forward on Internet sales tax legislation despite opposition from members of the GOP who see the bill as a tax hike.[19]

September 18, 2013: Goodlatte releases Principles on Internet Sales Tax to be used for debate on House Judiciary Committee website.[20]

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