SG Spring Election: Constitutional Amendments and Referenda

Filed under Newsletter, Student Organizations on February 13, 2017.

Constitutional Amendments:

(Note: All constitutional amendments require three-fifths approval from all individuals voting in the Spring election in order to be ratified.)

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to reflect the University of Florida’s anti-discrimination policy and read in part, Article I, Section 4, “Student Government and any organization that receives funds shall be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws, orders, and regulations and shall adhere to University of Florida nondiscrimination policies?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to decrease the maximum composition of the fall or spring class of Student Senate from sixty members to fifty members and change the relevant parts of Article III Section 2 to read: “FALL CLASS.—Forty to fifty members elected in the fall general election as apportioned by law from on-campus area governments as defined by law and from off-campus areas as defined by law. SPRING CLASS.—Forty to fifty members elected in the spring general election from the colleges and independent schools recognized by the student senate as defined by law?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to allow summer replacement Senators to be appointed at the last meeting of the Spring semester and amend Article III, Section 4 to read in part, “The Student Senate during the summer term shall have the same authority as it does during the fall and spring terms. A Student Senator who will not attend the summer academic term, or any portion of the term may nominate a Summer Replacement Senator, subject to confirmation by the Student Senate on the last meeting of spring term. The summer replacement senator shall serve only during the summer academic term, or designated portion of the term. The student senator resumes office upon return to the university?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to reflect current University of Florida operating procedures and strike Article III, Section 6(i), “contract on behalf of the Student Body, provided the contract is executed as a Student Body law” from the powers of the Legislative Branch?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to set executive department terms to serve concurrently with the elected Student Body Executive Officers and read in part: “Article IV, Section 5: Executive departments may be established by Student Body law, with the head of each department to be appointed by the Student Body President and confirmed with at least a concurrence of a majority of the Student Senate. Officers of the executive departments shall be responsible to the Student Body President for the execution of their duties and shall be subject to removal by the Student Body President. The terms of the heads of the executive departments shall expire concurrently with the expiration of the regular terms of the elected executive officials. The heads of the executive departments may appoint subordinate aides or other officials not provided for by Student Body law, if deemed necessary?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution Article VI be updated and amended as follows, “Section 2: The fall general election shall occur on the Tuesday of the sixth week of the fall term,” “Section 3: The spring general election shall occur on the Tuesday of the sixth week of the spring term,” and “Section 9: The Executive Branch shall guarantee verified and secured real-time online remote voting on election day in Student Government elections to all members of the electorate?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated within Article VIII Section 2 to change submission of proposals by initiative to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from the Honor Court Chancellor and read in part: “Students may propose amendments to the constitution upon a submission of a petition to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court joined by ten percent of the electorate not later than twenty-eight days before the ratification election?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution Article VIII Section 2 be updated to add the following clause: “The Elections Commission shall have the authority to determine if the petition has an accurate summary, and if it determines it is not, to modify the summary so as to be accurate, and after making such determination shall in all cases forward the petition to the Supervisor of Elections for inclusion on the ballot. Such determinations shall be subject to the Review of the Supreme Court?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution be updated and amended to comply with the Florida Board of Governors Resolution 08-23 that would create the Student Honor Code as an Executive Department, thus striking any specific reference to “Student Honor Court” or “Student Honor Court Bar Association” from the Student Body Constitution?”

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution Article VIII Section 2 be updated to add the following clause allowing students to propose amendments to the constitution: ‘…joined by five percent of the electorate not later than twenty-eight days before the ratification election.’?

____ YES

____ NO

Should the Student Body Constitution Article III Section 4 be amended to change the method in selecting summer replacement senators to the following:  “The Student Senate during the summer term shall have the same authority as it does during the fall and spring terms. A Student Senator who will not attend the summer academic term, or any portion of the term may vacate their seat for summer. The vacant seat will then be decided by the Replacement and Agenda Committee and be subject to confirmation by the Student Senate. The summer replacement senator shall serve only during the summer academic term, or designated portion of the term. The Student Senator resumes office upon return to the university.”

____ YES

____ NO

Referenda:

A Nighttime Safety fee has been proposed to create and expand nighttime safety services here at the University of Florida. This fee would improve safety services on campus, by allowing for the reimplementation of the safe walk program and increasing research on alternative security initiatives. Voting YES indicates the wish to fund an increase in safety research and initiatives. Voting NO indicates the wish to keep safety practices as they are.

Shall a new student fee be created to fund the expansion of nighttime safety services at the University of Florida?

____ YES

____ NO

Currently student organizations can reserve areas of the football stadium to sit together during home football games. The block seating process is only available to groups of 25 or more student season ticket holders interested in sitting together at each home game.

Do you support the athletic department’s continued use of student organization block seating at football games?

____ YES

____ NO