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SGA votes against new amendment

By Tanya Giraldo
On January 30, 2014

The Student Government Association had a majority vote on Tuesday evening against an amendment to the qualifications within the SGA Constitution for the position of vice president.

The failed SR-01 resolution hopes to change the current Constitution to add the qualifications that the vice presdient must have served as senator for two consecutive semesters.

The current Constituton does require the vice president to be able to serve the position for a full term and have completed or be in the process of completing 60 hours in the semester they were elected.

The vice president also serves as the presiding member of the Senate and performs presidential duties when it is required.

Senator Andy Reno spoke first against the amendment.

“I don’t see the point. Every president needs a good team, builds their own staff and limits the possibilities of choosing someone who has already served. This isn’t hard stuff to learn, a week in here and you can figure it out; especially if you have experience with Greek Life and whatnot,” Reno said.

“So, I don’t think it is necessary, I don’t think it is necessary to make an amendment. Whoever is running for president needs to be able to pick the staff that is going to serve the best with them, and I think limiting it to people who have previously served is unnecessary,” Reno added.

SGA Vice President Sarah Hamilton spoke against the amendment and gave her own experience with the position as an example.

“I just want to say that myself and Austin Copenhaver (previous vice president) had no affiliations to student government before we were voted in and it wasn’t hard to learn, and we had people around us that were eager to help us learn,” she said. “So, also that being said I feel that we brought in some fresh ideas because we hadn’t been involved in SGA and so I think that can only help whoever is involved in the future.”

Fallon Maulding, SGA action fund commissioner and one of the sponsors of the amendment explained some benefits she saw in the resolution.

“I think really the intention of this is not to limit any possibilities, just to really encourage that we want more people to be involved in SGA throughout their four years. It’s just one condition on the staff and for the rest there isn’t any kind of restrictions, it’s just the one vice president position,” she said. “I think it’s more just to encourage that we want people that stay in SGA and really work towards that goal.”

Nine voted for the resolution and 14 voted against.

New business included the suggestion of an initiative to ceremonially adopt a red wolf in honor of the A-State mascot.

“Sarah and I have come up with kind of a cool idea about adopting a red wolf in a reservation,” said Colea Blann, SGA secretary. “Funding-wise, they are extinct, so we can’t actually have one on campus, but it would be cool to have that personal animal that we can send money to.”

The next SGA meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the 8th floor boardroom of the Dean B. Ellis Library.

 

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