Student Government senate took a slow and steady start at its first meeting of the spring semester Tuesday night.
The election season started Tuesday, so many senators had Bill 129 on their minds. The bill pertains to a complete rewrite of Title 7 of the SG statutes, the same title that explains the duties of the Election Rules Commission.
Even after the bill was moved to third reading, senators chose to table their vote until next week’s meeting.
As per senate Rules of Procedure (ROP), all bills must be read aloud to the senate floor at least two times, but any bill that deals with more than one chapter – including Bill 129 – must be read three times before it may be voted on.
Usually senators must wait for three separate meetings before they have the opportunity to vote, but with valid cause senators may vote to suspend the ROP and move the bill to second and subsequently third readings.
Although the title has been rewritten several times, Supervisor of Elections Devin Lee felt it was important to make some minor changes in order to emphasize the responsibilities and rules for those involved in the election process.
One of the most predominant changes included permitting presidential candidates to spend $5,000 on their campaigns – $2,000 more than currently allowed.
Senate meetings are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center. For more information about elections visit: www.sg.usf.edu.