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SGA to Hold Special Election for Two Constitutional Amendments

SGA will hold a special election  to ratify two constituional amendments passed by the senate in May 2013. The elction will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Students will receive an e-mail with voting instructions .  

 

The  proposed amendments:

C.A. 13-4.1: The Constitution of the Student Government Association contains various grammatical and structural errors.

  • Article IV, Section B, Subsection b, Clause iii:
    • From: The Freshman Class shall elect three Class Senators.
    • To: The Freshman Class shall elect three (3) Class Senators.
  • Article IV, Section C, Subsection a, Clause iii:
    • From: The of representatives for each organization and/or program shall be specified in the Senate Bylaws each year.
    • To: The number of representatives for each organization and/or program shall be specified in the Senate Bylaws each year.
  • Article IV, Section C, Subsection b, Clause iii:
    • From: Program representatives shall be by the Department Chair of their respective program.
    • To: Program representatives shall be approved by the Department Chair of their respective program.
  • Article IV, Section G, Subsection b:
    • From: Should a vacancy occur within the class office of President, the class Vice President shall assume the duties of President.  In the case that the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or a class senate position become vacant, the process of filling the vacancy shall be in accordance with Article V, Section B, Subsection A, clause b of the Student Government Constitution.
    • To: Should a vacancy occur within the class office of President, the class Vice President shall assume the duties of President.  In the case that the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or a class senate position become vacant, the process of filling the vacancy shall be in accordance with Article V, Section B, Subsection A, Clause B of the Student Government Constitution.
  • Article IV, Section I, Subsection a, Clause ii:
    • From: A bill shall be defined as legislation with which the senate takes an action on a matter.
    • To: A bill shall be defined as legislation with which the Senate takes an action on a matter.
  • Article IV, Section I, Subsection a, Clause iii:
    • From: A resolution shall be defined as legislation, which expresses the will of the senate, but takes no action.
    • To: A resolution shall be defined as legislation, which expresses the will of the Senate, but takes no action.
  • Article IV, Section I, Subsection a, Clause iv:
    • From: A proclamation shall highlight of recognize events that are deemed to be important for the Senate to address through recognition, but no formal action is taken.
    • To: A proclamation shall highlight or recognize events that are deemed to be important for the Senate to address through recognition, but in which no formal action is taken.
  • Article IV, Section J:
    • From:
      1. A Senate-approved bill shall be presented to the President of the SGA, who upon approval shall sign it immediately.
      2. Should the President of the SGA not approve the bill, the President has veto power over any Bill, but must return the bill in its entirety with objections.
      3. Vetoed Bills
        1. The Senate has the power to override a presidential veto with two-thirds majority of those present. This override must take place within two consecutive meetings of the bill being returned to the Senate.
        2. A vetoed bill may also be amended and presented to the Senate for a re-vote.
      4. Any bill presented to the President of the SGA must be signed or vetoed within two weeks time. Failure to do so renders the bill effective immediately.
    • To:
      1. A Senate-approved Bill shall be presented to the President of the SGA, who upon approval shall sign it immediately.
      2. Should the President of the SGA not approve the Bill, the President has veto power over any Bill, but must return the Bill in its entirety with objections.
      3. Vetoed Bills
        1. The Senate has the power to override a presidential veto with two-thirds majority of those present. This override must take place within two consecutive meetings of the Bill being returned to the Senate.
        2. A vetoed Bill may also be amended and presented to the Senate for a re-vote.
      4. Any Bill presented to the President of the SGA must be signed or vetoed within two weeks time. Failure to do so renders the Bill effective immediately.
  • Article V, Section B, Subsection a, Clause i:
    • From: Nominations of appointed positions to joint faculty-student committees and all vacant positions of the SGA are the responsibility of the President. This excludes any appointment specifically made by the Vice President.
    • To: Nominations of appointed positions to joint faculty-student committees and all vacant positions of the SGA are the responsibility of the President. This excludes any appointment specifically made by the Vice President.
  • Article V, Section B, Subsection a, Clause ii:
    • From:
    • To: Striken
  • Article V, Section C, Subsection c, Clause i:
    • From: In the case that the Secretary is removed from the office due to resignation or judicial action,
    • To: In the case that the Secretary is removed from the office due to resignation or judicial action, the Assistant Secretary shall immediately assume the office and duties of the Secretary.
  • Article VI, Section B, Subsection b:
    • From:
  1. The Chief of Staff shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive President.
  2. The Speaker Pro Tempore shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Vice President.
  3. The Assistant Treasurer shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Treasurer.
  4. The Assistant Secretary shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Secretary.
    • To:
      1. The Chief of Staff shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive President with subsequent approval from the Senate.
      2. The Speaker Pro Tempore shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Vice President with subsequent approval from the Senate.
      3. The Assistant Treasurer shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Treasurer with subsequent approval from the Senate.
      4. The Assistant Secretary shall be both a member of the Senate and selected by the Executive Secretary with subsequent approval from the Senate.
  • Article VI, Section B, Subsection c, Clause iii:
    • From: Members of the Executive Council may either be a member of the junior, or senior class, and either a member of the At-Large, Organization, or Academic Council, .
    • To: Members of the Executive Council may either be a member of the sophomore, junior, or senior class, and either a member of the At-Large, Organization, or Academic Council.
  • Article VI, Section C, Subsection d, Clause vii:
    • From: Shall serve in conjunction with the Executive Secretary’s term.
    • To: Shall serve in conjunction with the Executive Secretary’s term.
  • Article V, Section B, Subsection a, Clause i:
    • From:

 ii.   The committee shall consist of all Class Treasurers of SGA

iii.   The committee shall welcome one student or organization’s representative during deliberation of an allocation to provide additional information on his or her behalf, should the constituent so desire.

  • To:

 ii.    The committee shall consist of all Class Treasurers of SGA.

iii.   The committee shall welcome student(s) or an organization’s representative(s) during deliberation of an allocation to provide additional information on the organization’s behalf, should the organization so desire.

 

C.A. 13-4.2: The responsibilities of the Senators of the Student Government Association should be expanded and specified, in order for more accountability and efficiency.

  • Article IV, Section B:
  • From:

b.    Liaison of the At-Large Council

  1. The members of the At-Large Council shall select one of their members to serve as their Liaison.
  2. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the At-Large Council.
  • To:

b.     Liaison of the At-Large Council

  1. The members of the At-Large Council shall select one of their members to serve as their Liaison.
  2. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the At-Large Council.
  3. The Liaison shall produce and present a plan for the At-Large Council at the beginning of each Academic Year.
  4. The Liaison shall be responsible for coordinating the efforts of the At-Large Council, including the scheduling of office hours.

c.      Responsibilities of At-Large Council Senators

  1. At-Large Senators shall be responsible for communicating with their constituents, both in their class and the general student body, and regularly reporting on these sentiments to the Senate as defined in the Senate By-Laws each year.
  • Article IV, Section C:
    • From:

c.      Liaison of the Organization Council

  1.  
  2. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the Organization Council.
  3. To:

c.      Liaison of the Organization Council

  1. The Executive President shall nominate an individual to be the Liaison of the Organization Council
  2. The nominee must be approved by a simple majority in a vote by the Organization Council members
  3. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the Organization Council.
  4. The Liaison shall produce and present a plan for the Organization Council at the beginning of each Academic Year.
  5. The Liaison shall be responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Organization Council, including the scheduling of office hours.

d.     Responsibilities of Organization Council Senators

  1. Organization Council Senators shall be responsible for communicating with their constituents, student members of organizations within their clusters, and regularly reporting on these sentiments to the Senate as defined in the Senate By-Laws each year.
  2. Organization Council Senators shall meet with an assembly of the Organization Presidents in their cluster, at an interval to be defined in the Senate By-Laws each year.
  3. Organization Council Senators shall formulate a plan for their clusters, and present this plan to the Council Liaison at the beginning of each senate year.
  • Article IV, Section D:
    • From:

b.      Liaison of the Academic Council

  1. The members of the Academic Council shall select one of their members to serve as their Liaison.
  2. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the Organization Council.
  3. To:

b.      Liaison of the Academic Council

  1. The members of the Academic Council shall select one of their members to serve as their Liaison.
  2. The Liaison shall be responsible for communication between the Executive Council and the Organization Council.
  3. The Liaison shall produce and present a plan for the Academic Council at the beginning of each Academic Year.
  4. The Liaison shall be responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Academic Council, including the scheduling of office hours.
  5. The Liaison shall host a meeting consisting of all of the Academic deans at least once a semester, to align SGA’s initiatives with each of Elon’s Schools’ plans.

c.     Responsibilities of Academic Council Senators

  1. Academic Council Senators shall be responsible for communicating with their constituents, students within their respective Academic School, and regularly reporting on these sentiments to the Senate as defined in the Senate By-Laws each year.
  2. Academic Council Senators shall meet  with their representative School’s Dean, at an interval to be defined in the Senate By-Laws each year.
  3. Academic Council Senators shall formulate a plan for their clusters, and present this plan to the Council Liaison and the Senate at the beginning of each senate year.

Proposed Amendment E:  Clarify senatorial duties and committee membership

 

  • Article IV, Section E:
  • From:

b.  Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Each Senator shall be a member of at least one standing committee.
  2. Each Senator shall be responsible for all SGA meetings required by office, Senate, Council, Committee, special or otherwise. In addition each Senator has an obligation to be informed of the location and time of the meetings.
  3. Each Senator shall be responsible for the minimum office hours as required by the Senate Rules.
  • To:

b.  Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Each Senator shall be a member of at least one standing committee.
  2. Each Senator shall be responsible for all SGA meetings required by office, Senate, Council, Committee, special or otherwise. In addition each Senator has an obligation to be informed of the location and time of the meetings.
  3. Each Senator shall be responsible for the minimum office hours as required by the Senate Rules.
  4. Each Senator shall be responsible for any council-specific duties, as outlined in the SGA Constitution, the Senate By-Laws, or their Council Liaison

 

Jana Lynn Patterson,
Staff
8/12/2013 4:45 PM