ASUAF Recap – April 1, 2012

Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter
April 3, 2012

Senators present

Holt, Hopkins, Netardus, O’Connor, Chambers, Chamberlain, Young, Burns-Shafer, Cervin, Brown, Kinnard III, Schurz, Burley and O’Scannell

Senators absent

Golub and Zakurdaew

Officers present

Freitag and Ball

New Senator

Ayla O’Scannell was sworn into the ASUAF senate.

KSUA Media Board

The senate confirmed the appointments of Fred Brown and McKinley Zakurdaew to the KSUA Media Board.

Travel funding

“SB 178-012 Student Travel Funding,” sponsored by Jennifer Chambers, would amend the student travel fund to include the Alternative Spring Break program. The amendment allows ASB to apply for funds through the student travel budget line. The legislation was adopted by a vote of 9-0-0.

An effective democracy

“SB 178-006 Increase Contested Elections” would reduce the number of senate seats to increase contested elections. Senators Chelsea Holt, Nathanael O’Connor, Brown, Robert Kinnard III and Chambers sponsored the bill. The bill would amend the ASUAF Constitution to decrease the number of available senate seats to seven during the fall and spring elections.

The senate was divided on whether the decrease in senate seats would create contested elections and help with student outreach. As a compromise, Kinnard III motioned to increase the number of seats in the bill from seven to eight seats. Holt seconded the motion. The amendment was passed by a vote of 10-2-0. Chamberlain and Brown voted against the amendment.

The legislation failed with a vote of 7-5-1 because it did not have a two-thirds majority vote. Bryant Hopkins, John Netardus, Khrisstian Burns-Shafer, Jesse Cervin and Johnathon Schurz voted against the bill. O’Connor abstained.

Senators take a break

Kinnard III motioned to cancel the ASUAF senate meeting on April 8, 2012, because of Easter. The motion was passed by a vote of 6-1-0. Chamberlain voted against the proposal.

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