The student government amendment requiring RSOs to be in student government to receive funding is void.
On Dec. 3, a friendly amendment requiring RSOs to have student government representation to receive 35 percent per line item for travel funding was passed by an 8-7 vote. Previously, RSOs could receive 50 percent per line item without representation.
On Feb. 3, student government handed out an immediate news release explaining the amendment was remitted because the 8-7 vote was not two-thirds in favor. The student government executive board misinterpreted the procedure and determined the amendment void.
The amendment was not voted on as part of student government’s governing document, The Rules of Allocation and Appropriation (RAA), which would have required majority vote. The amendment was voted on alone and therefore required a two-thirds vote.
“Some [students] see [this amendment] as a great way to get involved and some of them see it as another hoop that they have to jump through in order to get the money they pay into the student activity fee fund,” Plank said.
On Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in BUS 211, student government will discuss the amendment for a revote on Feb. 18. Plank encourages students to attend and voice their opinion. If the amendment is passed, RSOs will need a member in student government by March 20.
“We are really sorry for the inconvenience,” Plank said. “It was just a misinterpretation, but we’re hoping that it will get resolved. If it doesn’t pass with a two-thirds vote, then it is null and void, but if it does pass with a two-thirds vote, it will go into effect this semester.”