Constitutional Bylaws Amendment Collection of Fall 2014

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LeTourneau University Student Senate

Cosponsored by Senator Vander Wiel and PPT Turner

A Collection of Amendments

Relating to the amending of the Constitutional Bylaws

Be it enacted by the LeTourneau University Student Senate

Short Title

Section A. This collection of amendments may be referred to as the “The Constitutional Amendment Collection of Fall 2014”

Amendment

Section B. The following shall list the portion of the Constitutional Bylaws to be amended, and the amendments to the corresponding portions:

Article I

Budget

Section B

Automatic Allocations

1) LSM shall automatically receive 25% of the total amount of funds allocated to Student Government.

2) YAC shall automatically receive 25% of the total amount of funds allocated to Student Government.

Article II

Senate

Section B

Attendance

4) Committee Chairs may take attendance in all official committee meetings and report attendance to the President Pro Tempore.

Section D

1) Each Senator shall be a member of a committee for the first full two semesters of his/her tenure. A full semester of service shall be counted if the senator is elected by the election dates specified in the election procedures defined in the Senate Bylaws.

Section E

Senate Officers

1) Secretary

e) The Secretary shall willingly render time and services to the Vice President, Senate Officers, and Committee Chairs, for the purpose of coordinating and administrating business related to senate.

f) The Secretary shall be responsible for the maintenance and administration of official senate web pages or resources, as instructed by the Public Records Committee Chair.

Article III

Clubs and Organizations

Section B

Recognition

2) [Stricken]

Section C

Funding

1) All official clubs and organizations shall be required to submit a budget, explicitly following any requirements set forth by the Financial Appropriations Committee.

2) Senate reserves the right to deny, upon recommendation of the Financial Appropriations Committee Chair and by a majority vote, any official club or organization funding if the requirements set forth by the standing Financial Appropriations Committee are not met.

Article IV

Oath of Office

Section B

Administering the Oath of Office

1) The members of the Executive Cabinet must take the oath of office in chapel during the last month of the semester preceding their term of office.

2) The oath of office shall be administered to the Student Body President-elect by a member of the President’s Cabinet. The newly elected Student Body President shall administer the oath of office to the other newly elected members of the Executive Cabinet.

3)

b) [Stricken]

4) All newly elected senators must have the oath administered to them in a Student Senate General Assembly meeting by the Vice President.

Article V

General Election

Section E

Signatures

4) If there are less than two candidates who have obtained 25% of the signatures required, candidates who have not met the signature requirement may submit a written appeal to Senate. The candidate's appeal will be brought to the Senate General Assembly by the senator that represents them. If the candidate does not have a representative, the appeal may be brought to Senate by a senator of the candidates choosing. Upon a two thirds vote of approval by Senate, the candidate shall be allowed to continue running for executive cabinet.

5) If a candidate, who has previously held the office and is seeking reelection, and they are running an uncontested election, they may submit a written appeal to Senate. The candidate's appeal will be brought to the Senate General Assembly by the senator that represents them. If the candidate does not have a representative, the appeal may be brought to Senate by a senator of the candidates choosing. Upon a two thirds vote of approval by Senate, subsections one, two, and three of this section shall not apply to the candidate, thereby exempting them from the signature collection requirement.

Explanations and Reasoning

Section C.

Edit #1:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article I, Section B, Subsection 1

This change is an increase from the previous 20%, and reflects what has been happening for the past few years.

Edit #2:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article I, Section B, Subsection 2

This change is an increase from the previous 20%, and reflects what has been happening for the past few years.

Edit #3:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article II, Section B, Subsection 4

The limited membership size and role of individual committees is not sufficient to mandate that attendance be taken. This gives chairs the option to take attendance if they feel that meetings are not being attended, so that the PPT can take disciplinary action.

Edit #4:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article II, Section D, Subsection 1

The increased requirement will encourage more participation from senators, increase the number of senators willing to work in a committee, and help protect against voting-only senators.

Edit #5:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article II, Section E, Subsection 1, Item e & f

The secretary currently does not do enough work for senate to justify the amount of money paid. In order to reconcile this difference, the secretary will have increased responsibility, rather than decreased pay. Coordinating and administrating official business will include communicating appointment and meeting details, making room reservations, preparing meeting agendas, and working with the sponsors of bills to ensure they are submitted in the ideal format and method.

With the introduction of a Senate wiki, it will also be the Secretary’s responsibility to help keep the wiki up to date and managed according to the direction of the Public Relations Committee Chair.

Edit #6:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article III, Section B, Subsection 2

As organizations already derive their legitimacy from the University, there is no need for a redundant approval process by Senate.

Edit #7:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article III, Section C, Subsection 1&2

This new section makes official the requirements upon clubs and organizations that wish to receive funding from senate. This also explicitly gives authority, and enforcement power to the FAC committee to set requirements for funding. The specific requirements will be recorded as instructions to the committee chair, and placed in the official FAC committee chair binder, so that future FAC chairs have a model to follow.

Edit #8:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article IV, Section B, Subsection 1, 2, 3, &4

This removes the redundant requirement of senators giving their oath in chapel and in front of their RA, and replaces it with a more manageable and reasonable practice of swearing in during general assembly, officiated by the VP. This also removes the requirement of the president that the university give the oath of office to cabinet members, and expands that privilege to all members of the president’s cabinet.

Edit #9:

Constitutional Bylaws, Article V, Section E, Subsection 4&5

This closes an obscure loophole where in a low interest election, two candidates could mutually agree to not collect signatures. This also increases the difficulty of continuing to run after not collecting enough signatures, hopefully giving more reason for candidates to diligently collect signatures.

This also allows for cabinet members looking for reelection to skip the signature requirement only if their election is uncontested.