051315-135 A Bill to Facilitate Efficiency in Appointing Senate Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs – May 12, 2015
Bill #1517
by Matthew Santos & Second: Cassie Mancini

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Result: No Status by a vote of: on

Whereas: Previously, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Senate Standing Committees were nominated and voted upon within their respective Committee, and;[1]

Whereas: However, in “63 of the nation’s 99 legislative chambers, committee chairs are appointed by the president of the Senate or the speaker of the House,” and;[2]

Whereas: In ASUCSB, the Internal Vice President serves as the President of the Senate;

Whereas: The Internal Vice President should have the right to appoint dedicated and expert Senators to the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship of each Committee so that each Committee can immediately begin its legislative work rather than having to use up time for electing a Chair and Vice Chair.

Therefore let it be enacted by the Associated Students in the Senate assembled: That Article XII, Section 6 of the Associated Students Legal Code By-Laws be updated.

[1] Article XII, Section 6 of the Associated Students Legal Code By-Laws: “Each Committee shall, by a majority vote of the Committee, select a Chair and Vice-Chair from among its voting members.”

[2] http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/the-selection-of-committee-chairs.aspx

Fiscal Impact: $0 from the account.

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