Legislative Update [February 24, 2012 Edition]

Here’s what went down at the last Boca House of Representatives meeting. This update brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.

LEGISLATION:

Vetoed Business

BRHB-11-32: “Interfaith Programming” was amended and passed again after all mention of religion was changed to “spirituality” in the bill. Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Charles Brown vetoed the bill at first since he did not want it to have the word religion in it, according to Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas. The bill will create a religious organization modeled after Multicultural Programming.

New Business

BRHB-12-03: “Leaving a Legacy” would allocate $44,297.44 for a new park behind the Social Science building. It was written by the SG president’s Executive Assistant Michael Brown and sponsored by House Representative Lucas Crostarosa. “Leaving a Legacy” was sent to committees after the House voted on it.

The bill says the designer of the park has already been paid $2,000. On top of that, the bill says “current members of Student Government would be leaving a lasting legacy,” if the park is built. SG President Ayden Maher, is contributing $18,000 to the park’s creation and is not seeking another term as president.

If the new park is created, the BHOR will also have a bronze plaque commemorating their work in the middle of it.

BRHB-12-04: “Florida Atlantic University 50th Anniversary Mascot Preservation,” was written by Brown and sponsored by Bastidas. This bill would have allocated $1,500 to repair four old school mascots and preserve them in glass display cases in the Boca Student Union. The bill was sent to committees and will be voted on at the next meeting.

BRHR-12-02: “Standing for Students” was written by Bastidas and Senator Jad Khazem. This resolution makes the BHOR’s opposition to any increases in A&S fees public. Since the bill passed unanimously, it will be presented to Dr. Brown, the campus governors, the SG President and Vice President, FAU’s President Mary Jane Saunders, and the Board of Trustees.

After the House passed the bill, Bastidas said, “I dare the president to veto this.”

This bill was written after a private meeting was held with certain members of SG who formed an advisory board. In the meeting, the advisory board voted to raise A&S fees up to 5%. The meeting was not made public until after it took place. Whether or not A&S fees will go up remains to be seen.

More to report on the private meeting, and who else attended. Stay tuned.

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3 Responses to “Legislative Update [February 24, 2012 Edition]”

  1. Phineas Gage Says:

    Where can I find out more details about the SGA Park? Is the layout available? The online archive doesn’t have anything.

  2. Concerned Student Says:

    Why is Dr. Charles Brown writing legislation??? He is not a student. He should find a student to write a bill and have a representative sponsor it. Again, Administration needs to take a back seat when it comes to spending students money.

    Also, I commend Mr. Bastidas for passing the :”Standing for Students” bill. Florida Sunshine Law sates clearly that it is illegal to hold private meetings when you are a public official. Student Government is created by the Florida State legislator, and thus follows Florida State Law. This private meeting is unlawful and each individual should be reprimanded before a lawsuit will occur.

    Also, save your money on using bronze to create a plaque to commemorate a self-centered motive. A park is a nice idea, but to make it so that you can give yourself a pat on the back is not humble. Your life is the legacy, and others who see your legacy will commemorate your benefits to the community. People do not commemorate themselves using other peoples money. The infamous Bernie Maddoff commemorated himself using other people’s money, and look how that turned out.

    Most people do time-capsules reflecting the year of those students and events that happened. A bronze plaque in the middle of a park will certainly be stolen the night it is put up.

    Maybe a stone can be engraved that dedicates a simple park to the students, not to the people who sat in a room and voted yes or no on this bill. It is good enough to have a nice evening at the SG banquet and be recognized for hard work and dedication that each person put in, and have a nice award to take home. But unless you somehow saved a students life, or gave a million dollars to the school, or passed away, Im not sure that spending 44,000 dollars plus yearly upkeep – of again, not your money – to idolize yourself is a legacy worth leaving.

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