Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
Officials to face
questions from students on teens, tougher driving laws on Thursday, April 6
Ten top high school students from across California will become
reporters for a day as they conduct a press conference with state officials
on teens and tougher driving laws on Thursday, April 6 at 11 a.m. in room 126
in the Capitol.
The press conference is part of the day-long Student Legislative Summit on teens
and driving sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education project between
the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State and the State Legislature.
The event is designed to familiarize students with the legislative process and
to offer a forum for young people to share their thoughts and concerns on public
policies that may impact them.
Students will question Assemblyman John Benoit (R-Palm Desert), a former California
Highway Patrol commander who sits on the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Transportation,
and Paula LaBrie, who is legislative counsel on government affairs for the California
State Auto Association. Sacramento State Professor Paula Gardner will serve
as moderator. More than 100 high school classes are expected to view the press
conference on the California Channel or on videotape.
The students were selected from LegiSchool’s recent statewide essay contest
on “Teens and Driving: Changing the Rules of the Road,” in which
high school students were asked about cell phone use by teens while driving,
a new law that limits late night driving by teens and whether teen drivers are
being adequately trained behind the wheel.
The essay contest winners include Sana Ahmed, Upland High; Jasdeep Brar, Fowler
High; Samuel Chiu, Upland High; Christina Hinojosa, Adelante High, Roseville;
Ellen Hou, Arcadia High; Vanessa Johnson, Madera High; Allison Jones, Upland
High; Grace McCullough, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; Jennifer
Pham, Middle College High, San Jose; and Rachel Warner, Los Angeles County High
School for the Arts.
For more information, call the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906
or the Sacramento State office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156
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