Mon. Sep 21st, 2020

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Senate Proposes SGA Constitutional Revision

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Yesterday, the Student Senate met and passed three proposed changes to the Student Government Association constitution.

The changes, which were passed by both the Student Senate and the Executive Cabinet, must be presented as a referendum to the student body in order to take effect.

The Senate will send out an e-mail ballot in which students will be able to vote for or against each of the changes.

Among the proposed changes are greater emphasis on campus-wide elections and specifications on when elections will be held.

Changes proposed to the constitution, include:
-SGA elections must begin two weeks before spring break. Also, the inauguration ceremony must be held no later than the first Sunday in April, according to the proposed changes.
-A student senator would have to have been in Student Senate for two semesters prior to running for the position of vice president.
-If approved by the student body, the amendment will allow the SGA vice president to remove senators only in the absence of Ethics and Conduct Committee Chairs and the Senate vice president.

In addition to the proposed changes, a motion was passed that would require the vice president of SGA to have at least two consecutive years of experience in the Student Senate.  This motion has not yet been voted on by the Senate, and first must be sent to the Executive Cabinet for approval.

The Student Senate holds annual constitutional review sessions, with the goal of clarifying and amending portions of the SGA constitution.

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