Legislative Report: September 6th, 2013
Here’s a report of the Sept. 6, 2013 Boca House of Representatives meeting. This update is brought to you by UP reporter Christopher Jorge Massana.
The September 6th meeting of the Boca House of representatives marks the beginning of the fall legislative session for Student Government, after a month’s recess from the Aug. 2 meeting. Two pieces of legislation were considered by the House during the meeting.
Introduced in this meeting, House bill (BRHB-13-12) concerned revisions to the Student Statutes, which had earlier been vetoed by Boca Campus Gov. Charles Berichi. The veto came from the language used in the revised statutes, which required the directors of some SG programs such as Program Board and the Peer Education Team to have spent two semesters in the program before assuming the role of director, but not others.
“He vetoed it based on the fact that it says that it says there’s a two-semester requirement, for both PET and Program Board…what we changed during the revision committee was to include that for every program…” said House Speaker Jaclyn Broudy, who advised that the bill be tabled until the Sept. 13 meeting, “his recommendation is to change that or try and decide if there’s another course of action we can take.”
The other piece of legislation discussed at the meeting was a tabled resolution from the Aug. 2 meeting of the Boca House; BRHR-13-10, “Support for Dialogue and Understanding” a bill that had been introduced by Rep. Didier Ortiz at the previous meeting. After speeches by Ortiz and Rep. Jihad Sheikha, the resolution was put up to vote, in which it passed unanimously, in stark contrast to the opposition that it faced in the last meeting of the summer session.
“I thought we were going to watch some Ancient Roman-type of situation, you know, get stabbed on the steps of the House.”” said Ortiz, after the meeting “…I loved it [the bill getting passed], I wrote it with the intent of having unanimous support.”
“We were expecting the worst” said Sheikha, “especially since the first time we proposed it, it was not in the best environment…but I’m ecstatic, it was unanimous, it’s awesome.”
The leader of the F-Word (the feminist organization at FAU), Junior theater major Samantha Novaton, who had spoken in support of the resolution earlier during the meeting, was also pleased with the outcome of the vote. “I’m very excited it was passed, I heard about the troubles they had at the last meeting, so I’m very satisfied that it was passed and that everyone agreed on it.” said Novaton.
The resolution even garnered support from previous critics of it, like House Parliamentarian Ian Dunne, who said that “at the end of the day you’ve got to set your personal feelings aside and choose what is best for not only the group that is around you, but for the people you’re about to impact.”
Aside from the legislation, Speaker Broudy also referenced the latest issue of the University Press, namely, the cover story concerning the implementation of a mandatory leadership class for paid student leadership positions.
“If you guys had a chance to review the UP, the latest edition, there was an article about the LDR  course. Myself, as well as the governor, the Student Body President and Vice President are all adamantly opposed to the course, this house is as well…” said Broudy, “If you had a chance to look at that article or have not had a chance, I would encourage you to do so.”
As Broudy said, the Boca House is strongly opposed to the mandatory leadership course, LDR 2010, going so far to pass a resolution in opposition to it. Many representatives, such as Didier Ortiz, have expressed personal disapproval of the requirement.
“If there’s anyone that needs to take a leadership course” said Rep. Ortiz, “it’s those people sitting in the Administration offices.”