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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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Before beginning the test you must register with Ballotpedia. Please create a user account for yourself following this naming pattern: First name, month, day. For example: Sara0317, or use the name provided to you.

Times

Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: 7:47 pm, March 17; 12:20 pm, March 18

End time: 10:46 pm, March 17; 2:54 pm, March 18

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 it's current status?

Complex edit

For the final portion of the test you must add a vote results box to either a state ballot measures or state legislative page. Vote results boxes require important wiki skills including research, proper citations, and working with templates. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found here - state measure guidelines or state legislative guidelines. Select one of the measures/legislators below, and add an "election results" section and vote results box, then link to the section you added in the "Results" section indicated below. After completing the section cross the link you used out on this list.

Results

In this section, add a link to the sub-section of the complex page you edited. Also write your answers to the research questions here in a bullet-pointed list.


Wiki Research Answers

  • How many statewide measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot?

There were, altogether, eight statewide measures on the South Dakota ballot in 2008. One appeared on the June 3 ballot, while the other seven were on the November 4 ballot.

  • How many states have a Lieutenant Governor? Which states do not?

Forty-four states have a Lieutenant Governor, while six do not. The states which do not have the state executive office of Lieutenant Governor include Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, West Virginia, and Wyoming.[1]

However, there are two special cases. In Tennessee, the position of Lieutenant Governor is not an independent office; the elected President of the State Senate acts as the state's lieutenant governor and holds the joint title, "Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate." In West Virginia, no office of Lieutenant Governor existed at all, until recent legislation permitted the state's Senate President to use the title, "Lieutenant Governor."

  • Who are the members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee?

There are nine members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee. As of March 2013, the 2013-2014 members areSteven Bieda, Bert Johnson, Virgil Smith, Joe Hune, Rick Jones, Dave Hildenbrand, Jim Marleau, John Moolenaar, and John Proos.[2]

  • How many measures relating to Medical Marijuana were on the ballot in 1998? Which (if any) were approved?

In 1998, there were seven measures relating to Medical Marijuana on the ballot in five states, including Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. These were the Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8 (1998), the Arizona Medical Use of Schedule 1 Drugs, Proposition 300 (1998), the Arizona Probation Eligibility for Drug Offenses, Proposition 301 (1998), the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, Question 9 (1998), the Oregon Ballot Measure 57, Possession of Marijuana a Class C Misdemeanor (1998), the Oregon Ballot Measure 67, the Medical Marijuana Act (1998), and the Washington Medical Marijuana, Initiative 692 (1998).[3]

Five of these measures were approved by voters: the Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8 (1998),[4] the Arizona Probation Eligibility for Drug Offenses, Proposition 301 (1998),[5] the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, Question 9 (1998),[6] the Oregon Ballot Measure 67, the Medical Marijuana Act (1998),[7] and the Washington Medical Marijuana, Initiative 692 (1998).[8]

  • Who is the current representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives?

Oscar Longoria, a Republican, is the representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives as of March 18, 2013.[9]

Internet Research Answers

  • Who is on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI? When were they elected?

As of March 18, 2013, there are nine members on the City Council in Sun Prairie, WI. They are Mayor John Murray, Al Hoffmann, Hariah Hutkowski, Jonathan Freund, Mary Polenske, Mike Kostelnik, Russ Fassbender, Steve Villand, and Zachary Weber.[10]

Mayor John Murray, Mike Kostelnik, Russ Fassbender, Steve Villand, and Zachary Weber were elected in 2011; Al Hoffmann, Hariah Hutkowski, Jonanthan Freund, and Mary Polenske were elected in 2012.[11]

  • What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?

The final ruling in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court was that the non-profit support organization California State University, Fresno Association, Inc., affiliated with California State University, was not considered a public entity under California law, and therefore was not subject to a public records request put to it by the McClatchy Company, a news agency.[12]

  • Who sponsored HB 477 in the Utah 2011 session? What did the bill do? What is it's current status?

John Dougall was the Chief Sponsor for Utah bill HB 477 in the Utah 2011 General Session of the Legislature, and Lyle W. Hillyard was its Senate Sponsor.[13] The bill was passed with a 61-21 vote in the House on March 3, 2011, and with a 21-7 vote by the Utah Senate on March 4, 2011.[14] There was immediate criticism of the measure from the media, advocacy groups, and the public.[15] According to the Daily Herald, "HB 477 as it stands would block the public from accessing information contained in text messages, voice mails, video chats and instant messages of Utah's lawmakers and Utah agencies...Also, the bill changes the fee structure for public records requests to place a larger burden on the public when asking for government records."[16] Governor Gary Herbert delayed signing the bill into law, calling a special session of the Utah Legislature to meet on March 25, 2011 to consider its repeal. It was repealed by both Houses on March 25, 2011.[17]

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References

  1. Ballotpedia:LieutenantGovernor
  2. Ballotpedia:Redistricting_Committee,_Michigan_State_Senate#Membership
  3. Ballotpedia:Medical Marijuana#Ballot Measures#By Year#1998
  4. Ballotpedia:Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8 (1998)#Election Results
  5. Ballotpedia:Arizona Probation Eligibility for Drug Offenses, Proposition 301 (1998)#Election Results
  6. Ballotpedia:Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, Question 9 (1998)#Election Results
  7. Ballotpedia:Oregon Ballot Measure 67, the Medical Marijuana Act (1998)#Election Results
  8. Ballotpedia:Washington Medical Marijuana, Initiative 692 (1998)#Election Results
  9. Ballotpedia:Texas House of Representatives#Representatives#Leadership#List of Members
  10. http://www.cityofsunprairie.com/city-council/all
  11. http://www.cityofsunprairie.com/city-council/all
  12. Sunshine Review:California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court#Ruling of the court California http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/California_State_University,_Fresno_Assn.,_Inc._v._Superior_Court#Ruling_of_the_court
  13. http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillenr/hb0477.htm
  14. Deseret News, Paul Koepp:Senate passes bill blocking public access to many government records, March 5, 2011 [1]
  15. Salt Lake Tribune, Robert Gehrke, Lee Davidson:Utah lawmakers repeal HB477, March 26, 2011 [2]
  16. Daily Herald, Billy Hesterman:Governor sets repeal session for HB 477, March 22, 2011 [3]
  17. Daily Herald, Billy Hesterman:Governor sets repeal session for HB 477, March 22, 2011 [4]