SG Senate expansion faces opposition

One SG committee voted not to recommend expanding the Senate while another had no opinion on the proposal last night.

The amendment to add five at-large senators will be voted on by the full Senate Wednesday.

Senate President Tyler Montell proposed the amendment and said it would be an effort to represent more of the student body.

“These senators are supposed to represent the university at large,” Montell said. “The university is growing, so why not the Senate too? It’ll give five more people a chance to make a difference.”

Internal Affairs Chairman Tom Rauf voted against recommending the amendment and said adding more senators could complicate procedures.

“My fear is that it’s going to make it more difficult to get to know people in the Senate,” Rauf said.

The amendment would not just add senators, Montell said, but the opportunity for more opinions to be voiced.

“I think it’s a good problem to have, to have too many voices,” he said.

The Internal Affairs committee passed the amendment forward to the Senate without an opinion, and the Academic and Student Affairs committee voted not to recommend the expansion.

“It’s hard enough to get 40 senators involved,” said Jackie Colgate, Academic and Student Affairs chair. “We deal with this every year, so why add five more people?”

Another amendment discussed by the committees concerned modifying the Elections Act of 2007. The amendment, which was recommended to the Senate by Internal Affairs, would put candidates’ platforms on the same Web site as the voting link. This would allow students to view a profile of the candidates before actually voting. The Academic and Student Affairs committee also approved the legislation.

Many senators had concerns about allowing online voting for the SG elections because they said it would be easy for candidates to manipulate the system.

Some of the Internal Affairs members had researched other universities’ voting systems and said schools including Louisiana State University and Vanderbilt University had great success with online voting.

Sen. Jon Brown said online voting would be easier for students, but there are potential problems.

“I think it will overwhelmingly increase voter turnout, but it’s really about how the process is conducted,” Brown said.

Internal Affairs tabled a bill concerning polling locations and recommended a bill concerning the confirmations of the Election Board of Supervisors.

The Academic and Student Affairs committee voted to recommend a resolution concerning a guest ticket policy for regular season football games on to the Senate. The resolution requests that the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference create a policy that reserves a minimum of 500 guest student tickets in the lower section of all SEC games.

Five student organizations received funding from the Appropriations and Revenue committee last night. The committee also approved four Senate special projects that will be voted on by the full Senate next week. Sen. Mary Bosserman was elected as the new vice-chair for the committee following Sen. Kevin Parrott’s promotion after former A&R chairman Jesse Parrish resigned on Tuesday.