Archive for May, 2009

On Summer Updates

Posted in ayala, blog-related, Legislation on May 6, 2009 by Brandon

There’s not a lot to update folks on at the moment, which is why I haven’t posted. But I’ve been getting e-mails and comments asking, so I’ll post on what I can.

Most were asking about Ayala — I tried to attend the court hearing on Monday, but it was cancelled and I don’t know why yet. I’ve contacted the Public Defender’s Office but haven’t gotten a response yet.

Looking at the court docket, there’s a couple things that weren’t there yesterday (as in, when I went to bed around midnight)— another hearing has been scheduled for today, apparently, though it doesn’t give a time. Pretty short notice.

It also now lists a prosecuting attorney, who I’ll try to contact for comment as well. Lastly, it lists a hearing on the 14th at 8:30 in the morning. I’ll try to attend that one. It’s listed as “arraignment” so I’m a bit confused — from my understanding, arraignment is a formal reading of the charges and the accused given the opportunity of pleading innocent. Don’t they typically do that shortly after the arrest? But I’m no legal expert, so I’ll ask whoever I get a hold of. If anyone can clarify this, let me know.

Another person asked if I was going to be updating in the summer at all. Yes, but you can expect it to be more sporadic than usual, even. Next week will be the first House meeting since before finals week, and things in general are moving slower. There is some interesting, proactive legislation going on that I haven’t discussed yet, and will in the next week or two.

On top of that, I’ll be going on vacation in mid-June with my fiancee — from the blog, and most else in my life, as you might imagine. I’ll let you know when that happens, so you’ll know not to check for updates. And for now, expect more or less weekly updates. I know there was an encouraging change of pace during the breaking of the Ayala story, but I don’t think I can maintain it.

I was thinking about starting little recurring mini-features for certain things, and these entries might be short and more frequent. One example would be a “House Bill in a Nutshell” kind of thing, explaining specific bills and getting brief comment on them from a few people. I’m not sure what the interest level on that would be, but I could try it. If there’s other specific aspects of SG you’d like to see covered more, let me know as well.

Monday was also the swearing-in ceremony for the new SG executive branch, and nothing particularly exciting happened. In real political terms, it was more of a photo opportunity. President Brogan framed the job nicely for new SBP Tiffany Weimar, saying she had to lead students in “the most difficult economy since the Great Depression,” which I guess also implies she has the potential to be the best or worst student body president FAU’s ever had.

For Weimar’s part, she stayed skimpy on what the agenda might be, but I heard her touch very briefly on the following themes or ideas:

  • traditions
  • safety
  • book loans
  • internships
  • going green
  • marketing
  • combining resources
  • fiscal responsibility

But again, without any specific goals. But she has a few months before she has to formally lay out her agenda in the state of the student body address.

That’s it for now. Have a great summer, and good luck with summer classes next week for those who unfortunately have them.