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Council Bill: To Establish the Nomination Process of the Executive Cabinet within the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to the Senate Officers Selection Process

Committee: Rules, Legislation, and Judiciary Committee Date: November 23rd, 2009

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

To Establish the Nomination Process of the Executive Cabinet within the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus

SECTION I.

This act may be cited as the “Executive Cabinet Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article II. Executive Branch

Section 2.05 Executive Cabinet

(a)    The members of the Executive Cabinet shall be nominated by the President and Vice President and approved by a simple majority of the Senate.

(b)  The composition of the Executive Cabinet is determined by the President and Vice President. There shall be a permanent Chief of Staff, and Director of Student lobbying within the Cabinet. Cabinet positions may also include: Executive Assistant, Director of Student Lobbying, Athletics Coordinator, Student Advocate, Special Events Coordinator, and Communications Director.

(i)         New Cabinet positions shall be created by the President through a New Cabinet Position Proclamation, to be announced at the next Executive branch meeting and Senate meeting following the proclamation.

(ii)        The Proclamation creating the position shall detail the exact title, functions and duties of the position.

(iii)       When presenting a nominee for a position in the Executive Cabinet, an official Nomination Form containing the nominee’s name, email address, major, previous experience and expected graduation date must be submitted. Additionally, those nominees appointed by the President and being presented for approval by the Senate must be in attendance in the Senate meeting during which they will be considered. If there is a case in which a nominee cannot be in attendance, the President may speak on their behalf, by discretion of the Senate Speaker.

1)        The Nomination Form shall be prepared by the Clerk of Council.

2)        Each nominee must be presented and confirmed individually.

(c)     An Executive Cabinet member may be removed from his/her position with no less than a two-thirds vote by the Student Senate. The basis for removal of an Executive Cabinet member shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance. An Executive Cabinet member may also be removed by the President, or a President’s designee.

In favor: 10; Opposed:15; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Council Bill: Amendment to Absence Limits for Graduate School Senators

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to Absence limits for Graduate school senators
Committee: Rules, Legislation and Judiciary Committee Date: November 23, 2009
Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;

Amendment to Absence Limits for Graduate School Senators

SECTION I.

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Senators Absence Limit Exemption Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article VIII. Meetings and Absences

Section 8.02 Meetings

(a)    Senators or officers are not allowed to miss more than two (2) meetings in any semester (summer semester excluded).

(i)   A special case by case exemption shall be made for all graduate senators who for academic circumstances must be excused for more than two (2) senate meetings.

1) Graduate senators are defined as follows:

i) College of Law Senator

ii) College of Medicine Senator

iii) Graduate Divisional Senators

2) All graduate senators must notify the Speaker of the Senate and the Clerk of Council of the academic circumstance at hand by 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

3)  Each exemption must be approved on a case by case basis at the Speaker’s discretion in order for it to qualify for this exemption.

(b)   To be counted as present, Student Government Council members must be present for a majority of the meeting.

Resolution: In Recognition of Senior Vice President George E. Walker

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda item: In recognition of Senior Vice President Walker Date: November 9th, 2009
Sponsors: Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Loren Fraute, Graduate Senator

In Recognition of Senior Vice President George E. Walker

WHEREAS, It is the custom of the Student Government Council to  pay  tribute  to remarkable  and inspirational leaders whose life’s work and civic endeavors served to enhance the quality of  life  in  their  communities  and  the nation as a whole;

WHEREAS, Florida International University emphasizes research as a major component of its mission;

WHEREAS, Dr. George E. Walker came to FIU in 2006 after a distinguished career as Vice President for Research and Dean of the University Graduate School at Indiana University and Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching where he led the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, at a pivotal time in the development of research and graduate education;

WHEREAS, He developed standards of service indicators that have showed continual improvement over time in the responsiveness of that office to the needs of research faculty while at the same time strengthening our research compliance structure and establishing a faculty advisory group to provide greater input into the direction of research and scholarly activities at FIU;

WHEREAS, Dr. Walker continued the development of the University Graduate School as a real resource for graduate students across the university, increasing the number and amount of stipends, introducing new forms of graduate student support such as the Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowships, and joined with undergraduate education to establish a Center for Excellence in Writing;

WHEREAS, He has been a leading proponent of our cluster hire initiative whereby we have successfully attracted world leaders in their disciplines;

WHEREAS, Florida International University has benefited immensely by the contributions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique recognizes Senior Vice President George E. Walker for his contributions and work in and for Florida International University.

In favor: 26; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed:

Resolution: In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign. Date: October 26, 2009

Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Senator; Angela Parra, College of Business Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Altanese Phenelus, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honors College Senator

In support of the FIU Student Legacy Campaign

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Student Government Association is to represent and address students’ needs at the community, state, federal, and international level;

WHEREAS, it is the civic duty of FIU students to collaborate and engage one another to promote higher learning and facilitate financial means of accessing higher education amongst the student body;

WHEREAS, the Student Legacy Campaign is an initiative put forward by the Office of Annual Giving, with the assistance and cooperation of the Office of Campus Life and the Student Alumni Association;

WHEREAS, the aim of the Student Legacy Campaign is to establish a feeling of affinity among current students to contribute financially and experience a sense of philanthropy toward their institution of higher learning that is FIU;

WHEREAS, the FIU Student Legacy Campaign aims to raise $10,000 in funds for its initiative;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus stands in support of the FIU Legacy Campaign.

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

Resolution: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance Date: October 26, 2009

Sponsors:  Cristina Loreto, Arts and Sciences Senator; Altanese Phenelus, Arts and Sciences Senator; Vignesh Doraiswamy, Honor’s College Senator; William-Jose Velez, Engineering and Computing Senator

In Opposition of Mandatory Health Insurance for State University Students

WHEREAS, The mission statement of the Student Government Council, and its elected Senators and Members, states that we are “committed to providing and improving the overall student experience,” as well as “fostering student life, encouraging community involvement, and serving the common interest of the students,”

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Student Government to ensure and speak on behalf of the students;

WHEREAS, The State Legislature has tried to enact mandatory health insurance for all state university students, without any financial assistance, and denies class registration to students who don’t have health insurance;

WHEREAS, Most recent statistics show that more than 60% of FIU students do not have health insurance, and more than 1/3 of FIU students are dependent on financial aid;

WHEREAS, University Health Services has stated that it does not have the capacity and the staff to handle such paperwork and ensure that more than 38,000 students have health insurance before registration opens;

WHEREAS, The SGC-MMC Executive Branch has already met with Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), and stated that it is not within the best interests of the University;

WHEREAS, The model of mandatory health insurance at Florida State University (FSU) cannot apply to FIU because FSU is not situated in a metropolitan area and has a lower cost of living than the Miami Metropolitan area;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Association Modesto A. Maidique Campus Senate opposes mandatory health insurance for state university students without any financial assistance to support and help students have insurance.

In favor: 20; Opposed:2; Abstentions:0; Signed:

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

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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:

Council Bill: To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to Committee Structure

Committee: Rules, Legislation, and Judiciary Committee

Date: October 19th, 2009

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


To Reform the Structure of the Senate Committees

SECTION I.

This Act may be cited as the “Committee Structure Reform Act of 2009”

SECTION II.

Article V. Senate Committees

Section 5.01 Committee Structure

(a)        The Standing Committees of the SGC-MMC Senate shall be the Finance Committee, Student Services Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Student Union Board, International Students Committee, and Speakers Bureau Rules, Legislation and Judiciary Committee, Student Advocacy Committee, Operational Review Committee and Internal Affairs Committee. It shall be the duty of these committees to present items for discussion and present solutions to the SGC-MMC Senate. These committees are to be chaired by SGC-MMC Senators.

(i)         All SGC-MMC Senators must serve on at least one Standing Committee.

(ii)        Committee Chairpersons shall be chosen through an application process and appointed by a simple majority vote of the Senate. A Chairperson may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Senate, or by Judicial review.

(iii)       Each committee will be responsible for the selection of a vice-chairperson who is voted upon by the individual members of each committee during its first meeting.

(iv)       Committees shall meet at least twice a month to conduct business. Attendance and minutes shall be recorded by the vice chair-person, distributed and filed with the Clerk of Council in the SGC-MMC office within 48 hours of the meeting’s adjournment.

(v)        Committee size, excluding the Finance Committee, shall be determined by the SGC-MMC Senate. Membership shall be open to both Senators and the Student Body. Any additional members must be included on a roster and have personal information on file in the SGC-MMC office.

(vi)       Committee chairpersons shall be expected to present a report to the Senate following each meeting. In their absence a Vice Chairperson or any other member should present the report.

(vii)      Any official decisions and/or projects, initiatives and measures made by a Committee must be brought before the Senate for approval.

SECTION III.

Article V. Committees

Section 5.04 Rules, Legislation, & Judiciary Committee

(c)        It is the responsibility of this committee to ensure all Legislations are maintained by the Clerk and the Speaker through bi-weekly legislation record reports detailing the bills, summaries, votes and executive approval.

(i)         Once legislation becomes law, it is the responsibility of the Rules Committee to update the SGC-MMC Statutes.

(ii)        Prior to the submission of legislation to the Senate, this committee shall have the power to review the legislation to ensure the legality, proper format, spelling, grammar, references and syntax.

1)         All legislation must be submitted to the Rules Committee by 5: 00 PM the Thursday prior to the Senate meeting by 5:00 PM during which the legislation will be considered.

2)         Legislation not submitted to the Rules Committee may still be considered with a 2/3 approval vote of the Senate.

SECTION IV.

Article III. Legislative Branch

Section 3.04 Meetings

(b)        For the purpose of scheduling committee meetings, official academic school and work schedules of Council members shall be taken into consideration. These must be submitted to the Chief of Staff respective committee chairperson no later than two (2) weeks prior to after the beginning of the semester to allow for adequate planning time.

SECTION V.

Article VIII. Meetings and Absences

Section 8.01 Meetings

(c)       For the purpose of scheduling committee meetings, the official academic school schedules of each senator will be taken into consideration. These schedules must be submitted to the Chief of Staff no later than two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester, in order to allow for adequate planning time.

In favor: 27; Opposed:0; Abstentions:0; Signed: