The meeting on 10-31-12 (yes, we had a meeting on Halloween!) 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 Student Senate meeting (the minutes from the 10-17-12 meeting). The journal was approved and we heard a presentation about the organization, International Student Volunteers.
We then heard reports from the Student Body Officers Present. Student Body Treasurer, Joe Murray, gave an update about the election day post-election party discussed at the Chancellor’s Liaison meeting. Student Senate Pro Tempore, Emerson Barker, informed the Senate on the new piece of legislation for first reading about Appropriations. Then, Student Senate President, Regan Gatlin, gave an update about early voting as well as the Paint the Tunnel Homecoming Event that Student Government put on and what volunteers were to expect.
We then moved into reports of the Student Senate Committee Chairs who reported on updates from their committees, which can be found on their individual webpages through the Student Government website under Senate Committees. Up next on the agenda was first reading of legislation. For this meeting, we only had two pieces up for first reading. GB 50, Appropriations Update Act, was sent to the Appropriations Committee for consideration and GB 51, Elections Statutes Revamp Act was sent to the Government Operations Committee. (For clarification purposes, First Reading is where legislation is filed, but not ready for consideration by the Student Senate, so it is sent to a committee to review and edit the bill as it sees fit.)
We then moved into Second Reading of legislation. Up first we had R 48, An Act to Set Decorum. This legislation was amended to include a clarification in statutes for the last meeting of the 92nd Session to allow Senators to fast track legislation with the approval of the Government Operations committee in case there is ever a time when the administration or faculty needs the Student Senate’s opinion on something. Before, no one could fast track any legislation for the last meeting of any session with the exception of the Sine Die bill. This legislation opened it so that anyone could fast track legislation if approved by the Government Operations committee (who would determine if it is appropriate and necessary to consider this legislation or if it could wait til the next session). This amendment passed, and the bill as a whole was approved 33-0-1 with 16 absent. Our second bill for second reading was R 49, Chancellor’s List Creation. This legislation had mostly positive feelings, but some concerns were brought up about whether or not we should have it a 3.8 or higher or use another minimum GPA. However, this legislation passed 31-3-0 with 16 absent.
We then moved into miscellaneous business where Senators were encouraged to be safe that night while participating in Halloween festivities, they were reminded about the Paint the Tunnel Homecoming Event along with other Homecoming events, and they were reminded to encourage students to get out and vote and to utilize the Talley Student Center Early Voting Cite!
Reminder, on each Senator profile, you can see how your Senator voted and in turn you can have their email addresses if you would like to get in touch with them about future legislation. I encourage you all to utilize this resource and send concerns, opinions, or questions to your Senators.
We would like to thank the guests who attended the meeting. Remember Student Senate Meetings are open to the public and open to ALL students! Individuals who are not current members or former members of Student Government may speak during Open Floor Comments from the Student Body for the period not to exceed three minutes, if you are with an organization and make a good case, I could also potentially put you on the agenda to speak to the Senate, and if you just wish to come observe, please know that option is available.
Our next Student Senate Meeting is scheduled for November 14, 2012 at 7:30pm 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