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Student Senate to vote on emergency legislation

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 00:10

Student Senate will vote Wednesday on emergency legislation to request that the University Advancement Fee be repealed.

Speaker of Student Senate Scott Bowen said emergency legislation is voted on the first time it is presented and does not go through a committee revision process.

“This bill is being considered as emergency legislation so that the result can be brought to the [Texas A&M Board of Regents] when they meet on Friday,” Bowen said.

The bill claims there is a lack of transparency in the “Student Success Fee,” otherwise know as the University Advancement Fee.

Fernando Sosa, sophomore political science major, is the bill author.

“[The University Advancement Fee] has flaws in structure and transparency that might be fixable; however, in its lack of principles concerning fiscal responsibility and accountability, the only way to fix it is by repealing it,” Sosa said.

“The Hazelwood Act Bill” will also be voted on. This bill requests that the Hazelwood Act be funded through the state and not through A&M students.

Funding for the Hazelwood Act, which covers a set limit of tuition for veterans and their dependents, is currently funded through student tuition dollars.

Senate will also vote on the Texas A&M Personal Protection Bill, which calls on the University to allow individuals with a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed handgun inside buildings on campus.

Texas government allows universities to create their own concealed carry policies. Texas A&M allows concealed carry on campus but not inside buildings.

The bill supporters argue that this policy essentially does not allow for anyone to carry concealed handguns on campus since the guns cannot be taken inside buildings.

Sosa said constituent leaders on campus are generally in favor of the bill.

“I expect it to be controversial. It already is, but I expect it to pass,” Sosa said.

The Senate meeting will be Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Koldus 144. Students may contact their representatives and view copies of bills at senate.tamu.edu.

 

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