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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.


Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: July 10, 15:07 CST

End time: July 10, 16:44 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 it's current status?

Complex edit

For the final portion of the test you must add a vote results box to a state ballot measure 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. Select one of the measures 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.


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

  • There were a total of eight ballot measures on the 2008 South Dakota ballot. One was voted upon on June 3 and seven were voted upon on November 4. An additional five measures failed to make the ballot.
  • There are 45 states with lieutenant governors. The five states that do not have a lieutenant governor are:
  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Wyoming
  • In 1998, there were five measures directly related to medical marijuana use and possession on state ballots.
Measures to legalize medical marijuana passed in: Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Measures to legalize medical marijuana failed in: Arizona.
  • The current representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives is Oscar Longoria, a Democrat.

Internet Research

  • Four districts, each with two alderpersons, comprise the Sun Prairie, Wi City Council. There are eight total council members. A list of alderpersons, the districts they represent, and their first election to the city council is located below.
Alderperson District First elected
Russell Fassbender[1]
District 1
Hariah Hutkowski[2]
District 1
Jonathan Freund[3]
District 2
Andrea Gage[4]
District 2
Zachary Weber[5]
District 3
Al Hoffmann[6] <center>District 3
Dave Carlson[7]
District 4
Mary Polenske[8]
District 4
  • In State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California, the California Fifth District Court of Appeal decided that nonprofit auxiliary organizations affiliated with state institutions do not have to fulfill records request, while state institutions do if there is public interest. The case originated when The McClatchy Company, operating as the ‘’’Fresno Bee’’’, requested documents from California State University, in accordance with the California Public Records Act, concerning the identities of private donors. The request was connected to the proposed sports arena on the university’s campus that would be “funded primary by private donations” and operated through a nonprofit auxiliary association.[9]
  • Utah’s 2011 H.B. 477 or Government Records Amendment (GRA) was sponsored by John Dougall in the Utah House of Representatives and by Lyle W. Hillyard in the Utah Senate.[10] The bill would modify provisions of Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA).[11] Attorney Curt Bently of Utah noted that H.B. 477 would change GRAMA in four ways. First, it would remove certain communications from the definition of “record.” Second, it would broaden the definition of “protected records.” Third, it would increase fees associated with a GRAMA request. Fourth, an individual challenging a denial of request would have to prove that public interest outweighs the benefits of non-disclosure.[12] Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill on March 8, 2011.[11] After citizens from across the political spectrum protested the bill, the legislation was repealed by wide margins in both the house and senate.[13][14]

Complex Edit

Georgia Referendum A (2000)


  9. "California State University v. Superior Court, Nos. F037383 F037418., July 16, 2011 - CA Court of Appeals". Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  10. "H.B. 477 Enrolled". Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "H.B. 477 Government Records Amendments -- Dougall, J.". Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  12. Bently, Curt (March 6, 2011). "Weighing in on H.B. 477". Retrieved on July 10, 2013.  /
  13. Gehrke, Robert (March 17, 2011). "Utah's tea party leader, Rocky join HB 477 protest". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  14. Gehrke, Robert (March 26, 2011). "Utah lawmakers repeal HB477". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved on July 10, 2013.