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From left: Tracy Frazier, Sean Creadick, Patrick Lewis, Amanda Kelly, Drew Wagner-Weir, Fay Saechao, Brandon Bjerke, Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, Robert Nash, Selena Farnesi and Easton Broome.

Voters Learn about 2014 Ballot at California Initiative Forum

October 15, 2014

Tags: Capital Center, Student Life, 2014, News

McGeorge students presented this fall's edition of the California Initiative Review on Oct. 14, 2014, at the California Initiative Forum on the McGeorge campus.  The November 2014 issue of the California Initiative Review is available online. A video of the forum is also online.

McGeorge students produce and publish a high-quality non-partisan edition of the California Initiative Review for every general statewide election, as a resource for all California voters. The authors are all students who have been enrolled in Professor Mary-Beth Moylan's California Initiative Seminar.  

Students made presentations based on their reports at the beginning of the California Initiative Forum, followed by questions from the audience.  Third District Court of Appeal justices Andrea Lynn Hoch and Elena J. Duarte, both up for a yes-or-no vote on retention on the Nov. 4 ballot, were among the audience members.  

  • Sean Creadick and Patrick Lewis presented "Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014." 
  • Robert Binning presented "State Budget - Budget Stabilization Account," which was co-authored by Eric Riviera-Jurado.
  • Tracey Frazier and Rob Nash presented "Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act."
  • Easton Broome and Fay Saechao presented "Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors Medical Negligence Lawsuits Initiative Statute." 
  • Selena Farnesi and Emily Reynolds presented "The Safe Neighborhoods and School Act Initiative Statute." 
  • Nicholas Kump and Charles Deyoe presented "Referendum on Indian Gaming Compacts." 
  • Meryl Balalis and Brandon Bjerke presented "Legislatively Referred Advisory Questions on the Ballot: The Struggle for Proposition 49."
  • Christine Dugger and Amanda Kelly presented "Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014." 
  • Vallerye Mosquera and Drew Wagner-Weir presented "Strict, Stricter, and Strictest: An Analysis of Prison Sentencing in California Before and After "Three Strikes"."
  • Patrick Ford and Tiangay Kemokai presented "Direct Democracy: A Global Comparative Study on Electoral Initiative and Referendum Mechanisms."  

Leading up to the forum were related events.  On Oct. 13, Professor Mary-Beth Moylan discussed the ballot propositions on CapRadio's Insight program with Beth Ruyak.  On Oct. 1, McGeorge hosted "Drugs and Damages: A Debate about California's Proposition 46."  In addition, several of the students participated in a preview of the California Initiative Forum on Oct. 11, to a large community gathering at the Sylvan Oaks Public Library in a forum sponsored by the AAUW Citrus Heights-American River Branch.   

Easton Broome and Fay Saechao also gave a presentation about Proposition 46 at the Women Democrats of Sacramento's monthly meeting on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sacramento City Teachers Association (5300 Elvas Ave., Sacramento, CA 95819). 

Slideshow of California Initiative Review events