V.O.I.C.E. hearing canceled, settlement being negotiated

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VOICE Judicial Hearing in 20 Barrows on April 18, 2012, Judicial Council, L to R, Ryan Mattison, Scott Lara, Suneeta Israni, Erica Furer (Chair), Hinh Tran, Stephanie Chamberlain interviewed V.O.I.C.E. campaign manager Lynn Yu (far right.)

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The legality of the V.O.I.C.E. Initiative will not be brought to trial Monday after both opposing parties began the process of negotiating a settlement.

The settlement would allow V.O.I.C.E. to move forward toward implementation, according to an email sent by campaign manager of the referendum Lynn Yu.  A hearing in front of the ASUC Judicial Council was planned after ASUC Attorney General Deepti Rajendran and ASUC President Vishalli Loomba filed a charge against the legality of the initiative.

The charge brought by Rajendran and Loomba alleges that the $2 student fee to support the Daily Cal violates the policies of the ASUC.  Loomba’s executive order to invalidate the initiative — which was upheld by the ASUC Senate — was overturned in an unanimous vote by the judicial council after an April 18 hearing.

Elections Council Chair Pamudh Kariyawasam then announced that the initiative passed in the ASUC general election April 24.

The judicial council may decide to approve or reject the settlement as proposed.

Yu declined to comment on the specifics of the settlement until it is finalized and turned in to the judicial council.

Chloe Hunt is the lead student government reporter.