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.
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.
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.