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GUSA Funding Board Bylaws

GUSA Funding Board Bylaws

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Published by Will Sommer
Proposed new GUSA by-laws to extend GUSA's control over the Student Activities Fee.
Proposed new GUSA by-laws to extend GUSA's control over the Student Activities Fee.

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Published by: Will Sommer on Nov 12, 2009
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 The Student Association Senate Bill Number 09-10-XXIntroduced by:Co-sponsored by:
 
Georgetown University Student Association
In the school year 2009-2010
 AN ACT TO Modify the by-laws concerning Funding Board member voting rights
Be it hereby enacted by the Georgetown University Senate as follows: 
1.
 
Section 4.04 (b) of the Senate by-laws shall be amended to read (additions in bold,deletions struck-through): This committee shall be the only Committee which may produce bills to allocatefunding among the various boards and to appropriate expenditures for the Student Association; all bills which are passed requiring funding shall be required to pass anappropriations bill through the Committee. Appropriation bills of the Student Association operating budget may not be amended once sent out of Committee, only passed, voted down or returned to Committee for emendation. The Chair must be aSenator, and shall be elected by a majority concurrence of the Senate. The Chair of the Committee shall have the power to require expert witnesses to testify onappropriation requests; administrators and representatives of the different advisory boards and GPB must advise this Committee as it meets to apportion funds. TheChair shall also have the power to break any and all ties. In addition to the Chair,there shall be six Senators who shall be elected by majority concurrence by theSenate to serve on the Committee; no more than three Senators of the Finance & Appropriations Committee shall serve concurrently on another Committee. Onerepresentative from each advisory board shall have a vote on any and all allocationsof the Student Activities Fee (excepting allocations of those funds contained withinthe annual Operating Budget of the Student Association), provided that the numberof voting representatives from each of the advisory boards does not exceed thenumber of Senators on the Committee.”
 The seven Senators of the Finance & Appropriations Committee shall be thesole voting members at the annual Budget Summit and on any and all actions
 
regarding the Student Activities Fee and Student Activities Endowment. Onerepresentative from each of the six advisory boards shall maintain an advisoryrole at the Budget Summit and on the allocation and control of the Student Activities Fee and Student Activities Endowment. The Finance & Appropriations Committee shall convene at least one annualbudget summit, at which each head member of each advisory board mustjointly present its annual budgetary requests. These requests must include,but are not limited to, their expenditures over the last fiscal year, any requestsfor additional funding with justification behind such requests, and any otherinformation the Committee so deems. The final student activities budget produced at the Budget Summit by theFinance & Appropriations Committee must be approved by a two-thirds voteof the full Senate. The Senate may not amend the proposed student activitiesbudget and must vote either up or down. If a proposed budget fails to pass itis recommitted to the Finance & Appropriations Committee for emendation.
 All bills requiring the allocation of the Student Activities fee (except bills whichallocate funds contained within the annual Operating Budget of the Student Association, which shall be passed out of Committee only by a simple majority of Senators on the Committee voting in the affirmative) must receive a consensusopinion in the affirmative simple majority in the affirmative.If a consensus opinion in the affirmative cannot be reached within ten days (Sundaysexcepted) of the introduction of a bill involving allocations of the Student ActivitiesFee, then the bill will be subject to approval and passage out of Committee only by asimple majority vote. At every meeting of an advisory board at which funding is either discussed orallocated, at least one Senator from the Finance & Appropriations Committee shallhave the duty to attend. The Committee shall convene at least one annual budget summit, at which each andevery head member of each advisory boards, as defined in the by 
 
-laws, must presenttheir annual budgetary requests jointly. These requests must include, but are notlimited to, their expenditures over the last fiscal year, any requests for additionalfunding with justification behind such requests, and any other information theCommittee so deems.For discussions and votes on the allocation of funds contained within the annualOperating Budget of the Student Association, only Senators on the Committee shallhave a vote to determine how such funds are to be allocated. Any bills pertaining tofunds contained within the annual Operating Budget of the Student Association shallbe subject to passage out of Committee by a majority vote in the affirmative by Senators on the Committee, and no others. In the event of a tie, the Chair shall havethe power to cast the deciding vote.

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