SGA passes new senate chair requirements
The Student Government Association passed two amendments at Monday’s meeting that will affect the future of the senate chair position and create two more official positions in the judicial branch.
Amendment 5 will require future candidates for senate chairman to maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate students.
Chief Justice Tyler Quebedeaux said the amendment solves issues raised with him in regard to the senate chair’s succession in the Big 3.
“If for some reason President (David) Neef and Vice President (Robin) Roy were unable to hold the office then the senate chair automatically becomes the president,” said Quebedeaux. “If the senate chairman is going to be a member of the Big 3, they should have the same minimum requirements of Big 3 candidates.”
Amendment 6 creates the positions of deputy chief justice and clerk within the judicial branch.
Quebedeaux specified that he created the bill out of the need to delegate powers to an official representative. He said the deputy chief justice would fill this position and the clerk would serve to keep and organize records so future chief justices “won’t be thrown into the deep end with no life preserver.”
He also specified that the deputy chief justice does not become chief justice upon the sitting chief justice “kicking the bucket.”
An amendment to Amendment 6 required both nominations to come from within the judicial branch and to be ratified by a two-thirds senate vote.
Neef announced that the SGA scholarship applications are now online, making it easier for students to apply.
Office of Transportation Services representative Boh Hammett thanked the SGA for advocating Referendum 1, which students passed last week as part of the SGA elections.
He said the department has begun procurement of new buses and is planning new routes for next semester
He also said OTS will be hosting a bike give away and to check out its Facebook for more information.