ASUAF Recap – March 25, 2012

Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter
March 27, 2012

Senators present

Holt, Netardus, Golub, O’Connor, Chambers, Zakurdaew, Burns-Shafer, Cervin, Brown, Schurz and Burley

Senators absent

Hopkins, Chamberlain, Young and Kinnard III

Officers in attendance

Freitag and Ball

Directors in attendance

Banks

Appointments

Fred Brown and McKinley Zakurdaew were nominated to be a part of the KSUA Media Board. The appointments were sent to the university relations committee. The senate confirmed Robert Kinnard III’s appointment as Student Commencement Speaker.

Ads for ASUAF

“SB 178-011 Ads” would allocate $350 from the Sun Star ad-buy budget line to be spent by the chair of the elections committee. The bill would allocate at least $100 for ad space for the Spring 2012 senate election. Brown motioned to expedite the bill. The legislation was passed by a vote of 8-1-1. Johnathon Schurz abstained and Blake Burley voted against the legislation. Jennifer Chambers sponsored the bill. 

Student Travel

“SB 178-012 Student Travel Funding” would amend the restrictions on the Student Travel Funds to include Alternative Spring Break, so that the Alternative Break would be able to apply for funds through the student travel budget.  Chambers sponsored the bill, which was sent to the internal affairs committee.

Budget is important

“SB 178-013 ASUAF Budget” focuses on the budget for the fiscal year of 2012-2013. The proposed budget was sent to the executive committee.

Better Elections

“SB 178-006 Increase Contested Elections” would reduce the number of available Senate seats. This would help create more competitive elections. The legislation would limit the number of senators in each general election to seven senators. This would create a senate with 14 senators total. Holt, Nathanael O’Connor, Brown, Kinnard and Chambers sponsored the legislation. The bill was sent to the student affairs committee.

Even senators are held accountable

Senator attendance has become an issue in ASUAF’s weekly meetings. “SB 178-009 Senator Accountability” would give each senator a $1 stipend that would help them take their responsibility seriously. Kinnard sponsored the bill. Senators could not pass or fail the legislation because it would be a conflict of interest. Jesse Cervin made a motion to table the bill until the first Sunday of December, 2024. The motion was seconded by Burley. The legislation died at the end of the Senate meeting.

Improving minutes

“SR 176-001 Improving Senate Minutes” would provide a clearer picture of the discussion during ASUAF  meetings. The improved minutes would include roll call, votes, major motions, committee reports, and guests’ and students’ remarks. The clerk would write the minutes, which the senate would approve. Schurz sponsored the legislation. The bill did not pass by a 1-8-0 vote. Johnathon Schurz voted in favor of the bill, and eight senators voted against the bill.

 

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