March 27, 2008

LegiSchool students to question state
leaders about health care policy

Ten California high school students will question state leaders about health care issues at a press conference at the state Capitol from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 3, as part of a day-long Student Legislative Summit sponsored by Sacramento State’s LegiSchool Project. The press conference is in the Capitol’s Room 1190.

The students will question Senate President pro tem Don Perata, and Ruth Liu, the associate secretary for health policy in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Health and Human Services Agency. The press conference, moderated by Channel 58’s Shannon Lujan, will be televised live at the Capitol, and will be recorded for viewing on the California channel and in classrooms around the state. It is intended to offer insight into the legislative process, and encourage the students to seek an active role in shaping public policy.

Students were selected to participate through LegiSchool’s statewide essay contest, “Health care in California: Is there a cure?” The students were asked to analyze recent health care reform legislation and to offer ideas to improve the state’s current system.

The student questioners and their high schools are Edward Chau, Upland; Slava Fedorchuk, Newport Harbor; Sandra Gonzalez, San Ysidro; Patrick Huie, Oakland; Mardo Iknadiossian and Ross Stuart, Mount Shasta; and Erika Klein, Ariel Nicole Murphy, Kathryn Payne and Derek Tat from the Los Angeles High School for the Arts.

For more information, contact LegiSchool at 916-278-6906 or visit For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.