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Council Bill: To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus


Agenda Item: Amendment to Voting Process

Committee:  Senate Date: October 24th, 2009

Sponsors: Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts & Sciences Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator

To Reform the Voting Process of the Student Government Senate at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus

SECTION I.

This Act may be cited as the “SGC-MMC Voting Process Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article X. Voting

Section 10.01 Voting

(a)    All votes, unless otherwise stipulated in these ByLaws of the Constitution SGC-MMC Statutes, will require a simple majority of Senate members present at a meeting at which there is quorum.

(b)   A roll-call vote or a vote by acclamation will be used when voting on appropriations, resolutions, and council bills.

(i)                 A motion must be made and passed with a simple majority of the Senate in order to conduct a vote by acclamation.

(c)    Abstentions will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of voting. They will not count in favor or against the vote in question. All members must vote unless they have a clear and direct conflict of interest with the subject being voted on, in which cases they are required to abstain from voting.

(i)                 A conflict of interest as identified by Sunshine Law, shall include, but shall not be limited to having an immediate blood, by marriage, or through adoption relationship, business relationship, romantic relationship, being a member of the organization directly affected, and/or being a member of a board, commission or committee that is currently voting on or will be voting on dissolving or instating the subject matter at hand. In situations where it is too difficult to determine if there is a reasonable conflict of interest, the Senate Speaker shall make the final determination by distinguishing whether there are personal interests that might benefit from a Senate member’s vote.

(ii)               The reason for the conflict of interest must be stated at the time of the vote, disclosed and reflected in the minutes, as well as submitted in writing to the Clerk of Council within 15 days from the time of the vote.

(iii)             Abstentions will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of voting. They will not count in favor or against the vote in question.

In favor: 24; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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