Submitted on August 23rd, 2012 by Regan Gatlin
The meeting on 08-22-12 began with a call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, and opening role call. We moved into approval of the journal (minutes from the previous Senate meeting). The journal was approved. We heard speeches from Chancellor Woodson and Chief of Staff, Rachel Turner. The Chancellor addressed the Senate about updates from the university and also informed us on the tremendous new freshman class at NC State. Rachel gave a presentation on Brickyard Days and the changes with this program. We moved into Open Floor comments from the student body.
Next, we had reports from the Student Body Officers. Taylor Lansing, Student Chief Justice, addressed the Senate on updates from the Office of Student Conduct. Student Body Treasurer, Joseph Murray, gave a spiel about the Finance Bills he was presenting later in the meeting and planned on fast tracking for second reading regarding budget revisions and surplus from the previous session. Andy Walsh, Student Body President, talked with the students about the Coaches Corner Project, changes to Campout, questions and responses arising about various entities on campus, Wolfpack Welcome Week and Packapalooza overviews, as well as updates from the Executive Branch. Student Senate Pro Tempore, Emerson Barker, gave a presentation on the changes to the Appropriations process and the requirements for Student Senators as far as representing groups and being present during certain Appropriations meetings for groups they are representing.
We then moved into committee reports, but these reports were interrupted by a motion made by a Senator to move the Executive Branch appointments to the present so we may get these individuals appointed rather than waiting as they had already been there for an hour. This motion was approved and we moved into appointments of Executive Branch appointments. These appointments (SR 07, SR 08, SR 09, SR 11, SR 12, SR 13, SR 15, SR 17, SR 18, SR 19, SR 20, SR 21, SR 22, SR 23, SR 30, SR 31, SR 33, SR 34) were moved to be considered in block with the exception of O’Rear (SR 06), Conklin (SR 25), Reeves (SR 28), and Christianson (SR 29) as these four members were unable to attend the meeting. The members being appointed were given time to introduce themselves, no questions were asked of these individuals and the vote to approve was consented. We continued with the Oath of Office for Althoff, Propst, Boretti, Koonce, Megan Melbourne, Bond, Washbaugh, King, Dressen, Osisek, Salier, Vey, Doyle, Williams, Gopan, Hansley, Victoria Melbourne, and Moo-Young from the Executive Branch, and also Haylee McLean of the Student Senate. Then once they took the Oath of Office, we moved back into committee reports.
We confirmed the resignations of seven (7) senators: O’Donnell (Textiles), Gregory (CHASS Senior), Tomblin (CALS Junior), Black (Management), Furman (PAMS), Lee (Engineering), and Cloninger (Graduate). These Senators’ absences were approved and soon a full list of open seats will be posted on the Senate Website.
We then moved into First Reading of legislation when Student Body Treasurer Murray moved to fast track FB 26 and FB 27. This motion was approved and these Finance bills were moved to Second Reading. We considered GB 32, Appropriations Timeline and Funding Efficiency Act and this legislation was sent to the Committee on Government Operations. We then moved into Second Reading of FB 26, Budget Revision Bill. This bill was moved along after a few questions for Treasurer Murray, no debate, and the bill was voted on and approved 29-0 with 6 absent Senators. We considered then, FB 27, Surplus Bill. This bill was also moved along after a few questions for Treasurer Murray, no debate, and the bill was voted on and approved 29-0 with 6 absent Senators. These pieces of legislation were presented to the Student Senators at our Student Government Retreat so they had plenty of time to ask Murray questions and read over the legislation before the meeting.
We then moved into Miscellaneous Business, Comments and Announcements, Parlaimentarian’s Report given by our stand in Parlaimentarian, Davis, and we had closing roll call and adjournment.
We would like to thank those guests who attended the meeting last night, many of which who are first year students looking to run for the Student Senate in September as well as individuals looking to potentially be appointed in the future. Remember that our Senate meetings are open to all students and open to the public. Our next Student Senate Meeting is scheduled for September 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Student Senate Chambers in Harrelson 314.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Student Senate President, Regan Gatlin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Senate President, Session 92