UCF's Student Government Association holds public, weekly senate meetings in the Student Union's Key West ballroom every Thursday at 7 p.m. during the spring and fall semesters. For the summer 2016 semester, SGA's Senate will convene at 7 p.m. on May 26, June 9 and 23, every Thursday in July and August 4.
You can keep up to date on today's proceedings with the live blog below.
SGA Senate meeting is called to order at 8: 01 p.m
Routine roll call is performed.
Some announcements from newly elected SGA president Christopher Clemente:
- Clemente had an FSA meeting in which the main topic of discussion was excess credit hour surcharge.
- SGA has purchased water fountains for memory mall.
- Applications for SGA graphic designer will be closed June 28
- UCF fact of the week: UCF's motto is "Reach for the stars."
SGA Vice President Rachel Altfield was not able to make it the SGA Senate meeting this week.
SGA comptroller does not have a report this week.
Executive cabinet report: SGA President Clemente and Chief of Staff Nick Larkins have been writing a rough draft constitution for the Student Body President's Advisory Council. They are still looking for a chairperson. Tonight there will be seven new confirmations to SGA.
Announcements from Speaker of the Senate:
- July 1st is the start of the Fiscal year. Reminds SGA Senators that a lot of emails will be coming in from RSOs asking for funding.
- If you miss two committee meetings, you will be resigned from SGA.
SGA Senate meeting is called for a caucus break.
SGA Senate meeting is readjourned.
Announcements LJR committee:
- Nyongoyo is the new vice chair for LJR Committee.
Announcement from E&A Committee:
Six people for are being confirmed this week.
Announcement from GAC Committee:
There is a resolution tonight related to the Pulse shooting written by Senator Amber Mariano.
GAC will be tabling once a month to get feedback on student concerns and desires in an effort to pass bills that are more relevant to students affairs, as opposed to federal issues.
Questioning and debate of this week's seven confirmations will now begin.
- Rondel Thorpe is being considered for a signover for seat 2 in the College of Sciences in replacement of Senator Isel Bedgood.
- Hannah Hollinger, a senior studying biomedical sciences who volunteers at the Arboretum and is a vegetarian, is being considered for the Health and Sustainability Coordinator position. Senator Jacob Milich asks how her vegetarian diet will help her in this role. Hollinger responds that meat production is detrimental to the environment and she believes being vegetarian herself sets a good example to the students.
- Marklayne Joachin is being considered for the Diversity Initiatives Specialist position.
- Rachel Cohen is being considered for the Deputy Chief of Staff position.
- Snigdha Ila is being considered for the Academics Specialist position.
- Victoria Proetsch, a student pursuing a second degree in computer science, is being considered for the Web Coordinator position. She plans to improve the events calendar on SGA's website, add more visually-based content, such as infographics, and make the website for SGA bilingual. Proetsch is the student who improved the website's layout.
- Robert Sells, political science major, is being considered for the Facility, Safety, and Transportation coordinator position.
All of the confirmations are approved with unanimous votes.
Resolution 48-28, which passed its second reading on June 9, proposes changes to the Fiscal probation policy for RSOs who receive funding from SGA. This resolution passes its third reading on with a vote count of 24-0-0.
Introduced by the ORC committee, Bill 48-72, which concerns the 2016-2017 funding limitations for Registered Student Organizations, passes its second reading with a vote count of 24-0-0.
Bill 48-72 is pushed to a third reading. With a vote count of 24-0-0, bill 48-72 passes its third reading.
Resolution 48-30 in memory of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting passes its second reading with a vote count of 24-0-0. A copy of this resolution will be sent to President Barack Obama, Governor Rick Scott, Senato Marco Rubio, and Senator Bill Nelson among other political representatives.
Resolution 48-30 is pushed to a third reading. After the correction of several technical errors, Resolution 48-30 passes its third reading with a vote count of 24-0-0.
Senate deliberation portion of the meeting sees debate over professionalism and respect shown toward potential confirmations during questioning.
SGA Senate meeting is adjourned.
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