Submitted on October 11th, 2012 by Regan Gatlin
The meeting on 09-26-12 was called to order at 7:35pm. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, opening role call, and a motion to approve the journal from the previous Senate meeting (the minutes from the 09-05-12 meeting). The journal was approved and we introduced our new Senators and confirmed our appointments. We approved the Student Government Webmaster, Brandon Reaves, the Student Senate Liaison, Dwayne O’Rear, and Taylor Barnhill, Engineering Senator. We also approved the resignation of Michelle Clayton, CHASS Senior Senator. These individuals took the Oath of Office and we moved into introductions of the Special Guests who attended the meeting. The guests we had documented in attendance were: Holly Durham, Director of Finance, Business & Planning, Student Development, Health and Wellness; Sandy Jones, Director of Budget & Finance, Academic & Student Affairs; Dr. Lisa Zapata, Vice Provost for Student Development, Health and Wellness; Justine Hollingshead, Director, Center for GLBT Programs and Services; Eric Hawkes, Director of University Recreation; Jason Spivey, University Recreation Associate Director, Programs; Joanne Woodard, Vice Provost, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity; Patrick Neal, Director of Student Media Advising; Rick Gardner, Associate Director of Student Leadership & Engagement, Union Activities Board; Chris Kingston, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director; Tom Kendig, Director of Transportation; Leah Arnett, Director for Student Health Services; Tracy Dixon, Sustainability Director; Caroline Hansley, Sustainability; Dr. Alex Miller, Vice Provost, ARTS NC STATE; Tim Hogan, Director of Operations, University Student Centers; Dan Adams, Associate Vice
Chancellor, Campus Enterprises; Michael Jones, General Manger, WKNC; Matt Herring, Editor, Technician; and David Meyer, Treasurer for the Union Activities Board.
Senator Barker moved to consider the legislation before we heard reports of Student Body Officers and Committee Chairs in order to conduct business so we do not keep the guests at the meeting since it would be a long one. This motion was confirmed and we moved into consideration of legislation.
A motion was made to fast track R 37, R 38, R, 39, R 40, R 41, R 42, R 43, R 44, and R 45, but not R 46. This motion was made so that we could vote on the bills regarding fee increases so the Student Senate President had something to base her votes off of at the Fee Review Committee Meeting. This motion was approved and we moved into first reading of legislation. AB 35, Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Appropriations Act was sent to the Committee on Appropriations, R 36, Senate Position on GEP Co-Requisites was sent to the Committee on Academics, and R 46, Campout Funding Act, was sent to the Finance Committee.
We then moved into second reading for R 37-45. We began with R 37, Student Health Services Fee Proposal Act, which supported a $9.38 increase was approved very quickly as the need for the fee was seen as relevant, especially the need for more Counselors for Student Health. This bill passed. R 38, Sustainability Fee Proposal Act, which supported a $0 fee was debated on and amended multiple times, debate time extended, the bill was amended to $2 for sustainability and the bill did not pass. R 39, Student Centers Operations Fee Increase Proposal Act, which supported a $20.04 increase, $6.45 for DASA, $ 2.59 for OIED, and $11 for Campus Enterprises, was considered, consent to end debate was called and passed. This bill passed. R 40, Student Publications Fee Increase Proposal Act, which supported a $3.66 increase was considered, consent to end debate was called and this bill passed. R 41, Ed and Tech Fee Increase Position Act, which supported a $15 increase that would go toward the cost of technology for both libraries was considered, debated heavily, amended twice, and passed. R 42, Transportation Fee Increase Proposal Act, which supported the full $7 increase that would go toward fulfilling their 10 year mobility plan was considered, consent to end debate was called and the bill passed. R 43, Recreational Sports Fee Increase Proposal Act, which supported a $10 increase was considered, amended to the full $14.93 and passed through the Senate. R 44, UAB Fee Increase Proposal Act, which supported $0.21 of their requested increase was considered, an amendment was presented but did not pass because of the lack of necessity for a digital projector, once the amendment did not pass, more consideration on the bill occurred, and overall passed for the $0.21. R 45, Athletics Fee Position Act, which supported $10 was considered. Two amendments were considered, the first for a $0 increase was passed, then a second amendment for the full $17.50 was considered but did not pass. Overall, the bill recommending $0 for Athletics passed. The Senate moved to bring up R 38, Sustainability Fee Proposal Act, again for consideration so that the Student Senate President had a number to vote on at the Fee Review Committee meeting. This bill was considered first at the $2 amount, then amended to $0, and passed very slimly. The debate on these bills ended around 12:45 am.
We then moved into Reports of the Student Body officers. The Senate Pro Tempore was the only one to give a report that appropriations had been completed, and amendments to the appropriations bill were due in advance. Academics Committee Chair discussed his bill to change the requirements in the
GEP program, Finance Committee Chair discussed the Campout funding bill, Government Operations Committee chair informed the Senate that there would be an email sent out to those Senators who missed their appropriations meetings, and the Tuition & Fees Committee chair thanked her committee for their hard work during this process.
The Senate meeting scheduled for October 3rd was moved to October 2nd after a motion was approved to move it due to Fall Break. Elections of Senate Officers were moved to the next meeting, and at 1:15am roll call was called and we adjourned.
Our next Student Senate Meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm in Harrelson 314.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Student Senate President, Regan Gatlin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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