Senate passes bill on Honor Code referendum

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February 20, 2009

1:08 AM

After last week’s light meeting, the Student Assembly senate reconvened Tuesday to pass two new pieces of legislation.

The Know What You Are Voting For Act, sponsored by Sen. Stef Felitto ’12, seeks to inform students of the changes to the Honor Council bylaws proposed in Monday’s referendum. The bill allocates $109 for the printing of half page fliers detailing the aforementioned changes for distribution to all undergraduate CSU boxes.

Felitto argued that the fliers are a worthy SA project.

“Although the Honor Council is advertising the election … the Student Assembly claims to be an unbiased organization,” she said. “I think as such this would be a great initiative to bring forward.”

The senate responded positively; the bill passed unanimously.

The Preventing the Finance Code from Expiring Act, sponsored by Sen. Caroline Mullis ’09 and the other members of the finance committee, makes several changes to the finance code governing SA funds.
Specifically, the act will require that all purchases over $200 proposed by the SA president be described in an e-mail sent via the finance committee’s listserv at least 12 hours before the purchase.

The bill was passed with unanimous consent.

Several new bills were presented for future consideration. The Changes Necessary to Enforce the Finance Code Act, sponsored by Mullis and Sen. Ryan Ruzic J.D. ’11, is intended to establish firm penalties for violations of the finance code, including misappropriation and withholding information.

According to Ruzic, the code in its current form is ambiguous on the matter of penalties. The bill would detail “specific consequences” for infractions.

The Acronymapalooza Act, sponsored by Sen. Betty Jean Manning ’12, is an effort to facilitate communication between the Residence Hall Association and the SA. It would require the sponsors to “to investigate and establish a working relationship combining members of RHA and SA,” in an attempt to achieve “heightened communication.”

The Printer Allocation Act, also sponsored by Manning, is intended to address the “the extreme disparity between printer usage on campus.” Noting that several printers on campus consume resources while remaining largely unused, Manning recommends that low traffic printers might be redistributed to higher traffic areas.

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