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Council Bill: To Eliminate Votes by Secret Ballot


Agenda Item: Amendment to the Senate Officers Selection Process

Committee: Rules, Legislation, and Judiciary Committee Date: October 5th, 2009

Sponsors: Daniela Gonzalez, Lower Division Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;

To Eliminate Votes by Secret Ballot

SECTION I.

This Act may be cited as the “Open Voting Act of 2009”.

SECTION II.

Section 3.05 Senate Officers Selection Process(a) Speaker of the Senate

(i) Nominations and selections for the Speaker shall be designated by the SGC-MMC Vice President and shall be no later than three Senate meetings into the summer legislative session.

(ii) The nominee must accept or decline the nomination, after which, the nominee shall be allowed to speak for two minutes, while all other nominees wait outside the Senate chambers.

(iii) After all nominees leave the chamber, the Senate shall be allowed to hold a discussion prior to the Senate vote.

(iv) The Senate vote shall be conducted by secret ballot.

(iv) The “Speaker” shall be a Senator elected by a simple majority vote of the Senate.

(b) Speaker Pro-Tempore

(i) Nominations and selections for Pro-Temp must take place during the same meeting as the Speaker in accordance to Robert Rules of order.

(ii) The nominee must accept or decline the nomination, after which, the nominee shall be allowed to speak for two minutes, while all other nominees wait outside the Senate chambers.

(iii) After all nominees leave the chamber the Senate shall be allowed to hold a discussion prior to the Senate vote.

(iv) The Senate vote shall be conducted by secret ballot.

(iv) The Pro-Temp shall be a Senator elected by a simple majority vote of the Senate.

SECTION III.

Section 5.02 Selection of Chairpersons

(a) The Chairpersons of each of the Standing Committees shall be elected by a simple majority vote of the Senate at a regular meeting of the new term prior to July 1.

(b) To be eligible, all candidates shall submit proper applications and platforms for review by the Senate.

(c) Vote shall be by secret ballot, in accordance with Robert Rules of order.

In favor: 28; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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