Use this link to watch the March 2 hearing of the California Assembly Elections Committee, on whether Proposition 14 would increase costs for election administration. Thanks to James Hodges for the link. The hearing lasts about 90 minutes. County elections officials from Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties testify on why Proposition 14, in their opinion, would increase costs. Afterwards there is public testimony, including from representatives of three minor parties, Green, Libertarian, and Peace & Freedom.
The sound doesn’t turn on until 9 minutes and 57 seconds, so just skip ahead. The legislature turns the sound on when the hearing is called into order.
This is the first legislative hearing ever held on California’s top-two open primary measure. No hearing was held when it was passed in February 2009. One may wonder why a hearing is held after the measure has already been passed, but it is traditional for the California legislature to hold hearings on statewide ballot measures. The voters will vote on the measure on June 8, 2010.