Busy, controversial week for SGA
J. Fred Fox | reporter
The Student Government Association considered several measures at its meeting Wednesday night, and tabled or rejected half of them.
Stick to the plan
The highest-profile measure was a bill to amend SGA’s bylaws to clarify what senators are expected to lobby about during Higher Education Day, set this academic year for Feb. 11, 2014.
Higher Education Day is an opportunity for SGA members to lobby the Kansas State Assembly in Topeka on policy measures that SGA officially supports.
Last year, there was some dispute after some members of SGA’s delegation who disagreed with the official plank’s positions independently lobbied state legislators during the event.
If the bill is voted in next week, any independent lobbying in contradiction to the official SGA plank during the event will constitute a violation of SGA’s bylaws, grounds for punitive action.
Tell it to the judges
A resolution was adopted that would acknowledge that SGA failed to properly follow its constitution for vacancy appointments.
If voted in next week, the appointment process used by Taylor Gravett, SGA president, and Kiki Eigenmann, SGA vice president, would receive a review by the SGA judicial board.
The board is empowered to invalidate actions that its members find violated the organization’s constitution.
Prepping for allocations
Rodney Kimlin, SGA treasurer, submitted two resolutions pertaining to his responsibility for SGA allocations.
The first was a resolution to approve the allocation handbook for fall 2013.
The other resolution created a new allocations score sheet with a new grading rubric.
Kimlin said that he believes that student organizations in the past have known “what to say and when to say it” in requesting allocations and that “basically they had the system rigged.”
So, about those judges …
Another resolution pertained to Gravett’s judicial board appointments.
Michael Farran and Christopher Jurgensmeyer were approved as candidates by the senate to be justices for SGA.
They will face a two-thirds confirmation vote next week.
Gravett submitted another resolution to establish new duties for SGA justices, but the senate voted it down.
The resolution would have had justices serve on the finance committee and sign all resolutions passed by SGA, in effect executing their power of judicial review for every measure.
Overman in the clear
A resolution asking the SGA cabinet to discipline Sen. Larry Overman for “misfeasance, malfeasance, and slander” was voted down.
Sen. Jaci Gilchrist asked the senate to punish Overman after a controversy arose during the appointments-constitutionality debate last week.
Overman responded that the accusations were false and that the resolution itself was slanderous.
“If honesty bothers you, then maybe you should be bothered,” he said.