Senate vetoes amendment restructuring finance committee guidelines
The Student Government Association unanimously vetoed an amendment that would restructure how individuals and organizations are funded for attending conferences.
The decision resulted in the tabling of eight appropriations until the next meeting. According to SGA president Kirsten Allen, appropriations will not be voted on until an amendment modifying the bylaws passed.
“All of (the appropriations) that are in unfinished business,” Allen said, “and all those that are in new business will all be in unfinished business until amendment eight is passed and y’all agree as to how funding should be.”
Amendment eight was drafted in response to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette requiring students to submit tax identifications and appeal to specific travel and hotel guidelines that would require more manpower than SGA has.
The bill would amend Article VII, Section four, Subsection three of the SGA bylaws to list a standard amount of $200 for individuals and $400 total for groups.
Appropriations regarding banquets, departmental purchases and scholarships will be listed as “N/A” in the “Allowed by SGA” column. According to Chris Rome, SGA treasurer, the changes would be a quick solution to a long-term problem.
“Everybody agreed that it would be a short-term fix and that we can work with the amendment,” Rome said.
Senators also compared the set appropriations rate with the old system that allowed each college to decide on appropriations.
“There’s a little bit more discernment in the old system;” said Sen. Sam Riehl, “just in the sense of when colleges each took care of appropriations because our College of the Arts dealt with appropriations concerning College of the Arts.”
Another senator asked for more Finance Committee input in the decision-making process.
“I spoke with some of the people that were on the Finance Committee,” said Zachary Kunstman, arts senator. “They said that their voices weren’t used for the decision of how to fix this problem that we have. I would ask that you would bring them all together between now and the next meeting and have them voice their concerns.”
“We’re kind of running out of ideas for a short-term solution,” Rome said.
In other news, Annie Briley, SGA vice president, announced that the graduate school, liberal arts and arts college project letters have been written.
UPDATE: This story was updated at 11:48 p.m. March 23, 2016.