Legislative Update [April 6, 2012 Edition]
Here’s a breakdown of the last Boca House of Representatives meeting. This recap is brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.
BRHR-12-04: “A Resolution Supporting the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act” was sent back to committees after Rep. Lexi Rosario made a motion to do so. It will be brought up at the next meeting. If passed, the resolution will show SG’s support for Congress passing a bill the U.S. House of Representatives also sent to committee.
BRHR-12-05: “Preserving a Landmark,” passed unanimously. This resolution shows that students on the Boca campus oppose the demolition plans for the Algonquin Residence Hall. Now the resolution will be sent to the Board of Trustees and FAU Director of Housing Jill Eckardt.
The Algonquin dorms are the oldest on campus. Although SG President Ayden Maher said there are no immediate plans to demolish Algonquin, the Boca campus Master Plan does say it will be eventually knocked down and a new dorm will be built in its place.
BRHB-11-08: “Boca Raton Campus Budget Allocations 2012-2013 Fiscal Year” was sent to committees. The bill was written and sponsored by Campus Budget Chair Jason Wu, and Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas. If passed, the bill will approve the Campus Budget and Appropriations Committee (CBAC) budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
BRHB-12-09: ”FAU Paintball Club Refund for National Tournament” passed. The bill repays Paintball Club president Gregory Montalvo $3,102.40 for the club’s trip to the National Collegiate Paintball Association (NCPA) national tournament in Lakeland, Florida.
Usually the paintball club would be reimbursed by Student Travel, but they ran out of money for the year. So they asked the House for the money instead. When the club’s president found out Travel couldn’t fund the trip, Montalvo decided to charge the expenses to his personal credit card. Now the House is repaying him.
Here’s a video of the paintball club beating the West Point Knights at the NCPA Tournament last year.
The only representatives who didn’t vote yes on this bill were Joe Kruempel and Wu. Kruempel abstained since he is a member of the paintball club. Wu voted no and said, “I don’t like allocating money to accounts where we have no oversight.”
The club is competing for the NCPA national championship starting April 13. Click here to watch a live webcast of the tournament.BRHR-12-06: “Students Need a Microwave for the Breezeway” passed unanimously after being amended. The resolution suggests FAU Facilities replace the broken microwave by the Life Sciences building on the Breezeway. It was written and sponsored by Rep. Clairemine Cyrise and will now be shown to Facilities.
BRHB-12-10: “Dare to Be Prepared 2012” was sent to committees after Rosario made a motion to do so. It was written by SG Coordinator Mike Burman, and sponsored by Bastidas. The bill would give the Career Development Center $1,456.50 to host a seminar that would help FAU graduates find jobs.
Representatives Kalia Fleming and Langston Wimberly were elected and sworn in during an in-house election.
After SG leaders voted to recommend a 5% increase to the A&S fee (included in all students’ tuition) at a private meeting, they decided to vote again at two public meetings. The second vote unanimously recommended to raise A&S fees by 3%. Now the recommendation will be shown to the BOT, who have final say on raising the fee. The last time the fee was increased, SG leaders’ salaries went up $1.75 per hour, according to Bastidas. If the BOT votes to raise the fee by 3%, students will pay $12.32 per credit hour instead of the $11.96 they currently pay.