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 7:00 pm.
Open forum begins. Former SGA Supervisor of Elections Nicklas Bajema asks if we should accept the current status quo in SGA and asks for more transparency in SGA.
Jimmy Briggs, a senior studying Engineering, speaks about how the BOT is proposing an amendment that will "revoke all decision making power of SGA" and how the proposed amendment will limit the decision making power of Senate. He says that if this amendment passes SGA senators will be restricted to "busywork" and will not be able to represent the students to the best of their ability. He says that Chris Clemente has the opportunity as a member of the Board of Trustees to make the best decision to help the students.
Chris Clemente says that he unsure as to how he will vote on the BOT decision at this time. He says that he will vote based on what will be best for the university and the student body.
Bill 48-79 is passed on third reading. The bill provides funding for 18 members of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society- Student Chapter to travel to the 2016 International Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in Washington D.C. from September 19-23. The bill is asking for a total of $8,358.50 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-80 passes on third reading. The bill provides funding for three members of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society- Student Chapter to travel to the 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology in Nice, France from September 28-September 30. The bill is asking for a total of $4,705.81 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-81 is reintroduced on the third reading. The Financial Management Association is presenting a new budget with a lowered cost of hotel rooms. The bill provides funding for thirty members of the Financial Management Association to travel to the Trader's Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 16-18. The bill is asking for a total of $7,737.96 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-81 passes on third reading.
Bill 48-82 is reintroduced on the third reading. The Young Investors Club has proposed a new lowered budget. The bill would provide funding for the Young Investors Club to travel to the Trader's Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 16-18. The bill is asking for a total of $2,830.09 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-82 passes on third reading.
Bill 48-86 is introduced on the second reading. The bill would provide funding for the Latin American Student Association to host Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15. The bill is asking for a total of $3,900.00 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-86 passes on second reading.
Bill 48-87 is introduced on the second reading. The bill would provide funding for the Cypress Dome Society to host the Writer's in the Sun Series. The bill is asking for a total of 2,500 in Senate contributions.
Bill 48-87 passes on second reading.
Confirmations begin. Alexis Szelwach is confirmed as Senator to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Seat 1. Annalise Bockin is confirmed as Senator for Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Seat 2. Zachary Hinand is confirmed as Senator for Rosen College of Hospitality in Seat 3. Madison Bernman is confirmed as Senator for College of Sciences in Seat 10. Mohammed Ali is confirmed as a Justice for Seat 9. Angela Hickman is confirmed as a Justice in Seat 10.
Jake Milich introduces Legislative Bill 48-84 on the third reading. The bill would add an amendment to Title VI-Election Statues that states "The Supervisor of Elections, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, and Elections Commissioners may not hold any appointed SGA position until one year after the date of resignation or the two year term has ended."
The Bill passes