SGA met Nov. 25 for brief committee reports and debate on the semester’s final Senate Bill.
Senator Sophomore Garrett Spears motioned to pass Senate Bill 008, or the L.E.G.A.C.Y. Act that the Internal Affairs committee has been working for most of the semester to prepare. The bill restructures the SGA constitution to be organized in a manner easy for all students to understand. The proposed structure was modeled after the United States Constitution. It clarified confusing concepts and corrected many grammatical errors. No objection to constitutional clarification was made, however many senators found the revisions proposed problematic. After discussing some remaining imperfections such as grammatical inconsistencies, SGA voted to send the bill back to committee for further revision. Spears ensured that his committee would work hard to meet the expectations expressed during senate.
SGA passed their second resolution of the semester. Senior senator Joshua Eddinger-Lucero proposed the resolution to honor Dr. Jimmy H. Ishee who has passionately served the University of Central Arkansas over the span of the past 35 years. Ishee is stepping down from his position as Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The resolution was passed by unanimous consent.
Junior Vice President of Operations Jamaal Lockings announced that Senator Garrett Spears was voted Senator of the Month by his fellow senators. Spears was recognized for his service to the study body, especially through his work within the Internal Affairs committee.
Lockings revealed the new SGA newsletter which provides students with information on the progress SGA has made this semester. Students can attend “Donuts for Finals” Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12 from 8 to 10 A.M for donuts and a copy of the newsletter.
Lockings also shared information on the service opportunities being made available by the Bear Boots on the Ground program. Students received emails this week with the details of several events in which they can participate in serving the community. The list includes several upcoming local opportunities as well as two options, Memphis, TN, and Puerto Rico, for service trips over spring break.
SGA is preparing for its final meeting of the semester Dec. 2.