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- Justification of Proposed 2012 SGA Constitutional Changes
Justification of Proposed 2012 SGA Constitutional Changes
Dear UIS Students,
After much discussion and negotiation, the Student Government Association has created a new constitution for your consideration. The current constitution requires the SGA to publish any changes to the constitution along with a justification for the changes.
The idea of a completely new constitution arose from discussions within the SGA’s Constitution and Rules Committee after several constitutional amendments were referred to it. The Committee found that any change in internal procedure took a referendum, which is a difficult and cumbersome process. The SGA then called three Constitutional Conventions. After lengthy discussions, we decreased the size of the constitution, increased the membership of SGA, and created two distinct branches of student government.
One major change to the Senate is the creation of a Speaker. This person would preside over Senate meetings that will be held separately from the SGA at Large meetings. Additionally, this position would be elected by the senators and be a member of the Executive Board. This position would allow greater senate involvement in the work of the Executive Board and SGA as a whole.
A second major change is the power and structure of the Executive Board. Under the new constitution, Executive Board members do not have voting powers at the SGA at Large meetings. Rather, the new Executive Board has power over all budgetary matters. The proposal also gives the President veto power over all resolutions passed by the Senate, which is subject to a 2/3 override of the veto by the Senate. The President will still preside over the SGA at Large meetings. Additionally, the Secretary and Treasurer will no longer be elected positions. They will now be appointed by the President after the Spring 2013 election.
The SGA believes that this will better define the differences between executive and legislative authority. Also, it will streamline the legislative process and make governing less cumbersome. Should you have any questions about his proposal, please contact a member of SGA.
UIS Student Government Association