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Bill Number 09-10-XX
Introduced 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 allocate funding among the various boards and to appropriate expenditures for the Student Association; all bills which are passed requiring funding shall be required to pass an appropriations 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 a Senator, 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 on appropriation requests; administrators and representatives of the different advisory boards and GPB must advise this Committee as it meets to apportion funds. The Chair 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 the Senate to serve on the Committee; no more than three Senators of the Finance & Appropriations Committee shall serve concurrently on another Committee. One representative from each advisory board shall have a vote on any and all allocations of the Student Activities Fee (excepting allocations of those funds contained within the annual Operating Budget of the Student Association), provided that the number of voting representatives from each of the advisory boards does not exceed the number of Senators on the Committee.” The seven Senators of the Finance & Appropriations Committee shall be the sole voting members at the annual Budget Summit and on any and all actions
regarding the Student Activities Fee and Student Activities Endowment. One representative from each of the six advisory boards shall maintain an advisory role 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 annual budget summit, at which each head member of each advisory board must jointly present its annual budgetary requests. These requests must include, but are not limited to, their expenditures over the last fiscal year, any requests for additional funding with justification behind such requests, and any other information the Committee so deems. The final student activities budget produced at the Budget Summit by the Finance & Appropriations Committee must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the full Senate. The Senate may not amend the proposed student activities budget and must vote either up or down. If a proposed budget fails to pass it is recommitted to the Finance & Appropriations Committee for emendation. All bills requiring the allocation of the Student Activities fee (except bills which allocate 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 consensus opinion in the affirmative simple majority in the affirmative. If a consensus opinion in the affirmative cannot be reached within ten days (Sundays excepted) of the introduction of a bill involving allocations of the Student Activities Fee, then the bill will be subject to approval and passage out of Committee only by a simple majority vote. At every meeting of an advisory board at which funding is either discussed or allocated, at least one Senator from the Finance & Appropriations Committee shall have the duty to attend. The Committee shall convene at least one annual budget summit, at which each and every head member of each advisory boards, as defined in the by-laws, must present their annual budgetary requests jointly. These requests must include, but are not limited to, their expenditures over the last fiscal year, any requests for additional funding with justification behind such requests, and any other information the Committee so deems. For discussions and votes on the allocation of funds contained within the annual Operating Budget of the Student Association, only Senators on the Committee shall have a vote to determine how such funds are to be allocated. Any bills pertaining to funds contained within the annual Operating Budget of the Student Association shall be 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 have the power to cast the deciding vote.
A Senator on the Committee shall be designated to be responsible for keeping and publishing timely records of all appropriations of the Student Activities Fee and actions regarding the Student Activities Endowment. Certification We hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was duly considered by the Senate at a meeting at which quorum was present and that the same was approved by a vote of ____ in favor and ____ opposed, this ____ day of ________, ______, and signed into law this ____ day of _______, _____ or otherwise passed into law over veto. __________________ Speaker __________________ Vice-Speaker _________________ President