Boca House of Representatives Legislative Update [March 23, 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.
BRHB-12-04: “Florida Atlantic University 50th Anniversary Mascot Preservation” was tabled indefinitely. If passed, this bill would have given $15,000 to repair and display retro school mascots in the Student Union. It will not be brought up again.
BRHB-12-05: “Florida Caribbean Student Association Conference” did not pass after the House voted on it. The bill was written by Danielle Dingwall, Voshon Reid, and Boca Governor Ryan Ebanks. If passed, this bill would have allocated $4,550 for 90 members of FAU’s chapter to attend a convention of CSAs being hosted at FAU.
This is the first bill to fail in the BHOR this year, according to Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas.
BRHB-12-06: “New Printer for Student Government” passed after the House voted on it. This bill allocates $14,746 for a new printer in the SG office. The bill was written and sponsored by Bastidas.
BRHB-12-07: “Don’t Stress out, Be in Zen Mode” was passed by the House and written by Ebanks, and the Boca Governor’s Chief of Staff Rebecca Capata. House Reps. John Maher, and Joe Kruempel sponsored the bill, which will transfer $9,915.02 to the Governor’s Project account to pay for yoga mats and sunglasses for Stress Week.
Yes, FAU students pay an A&S fee in their tuition for SG to spend their money on yoga mats and sunglasses.
The Boca House passed a “vote of no confidence” against SG President Ayden Maher. They voted on this one day after the Broward House of Representatives passed a vote of no confidence, and a week after the Jupiter House passed its own vote of no confidence against the President. Maher has broken policies in the SG Constitution and Statutes by not attending Broward House meetings for the last nine months, four consecutive Boca House meetings, and one Senate meeting, according to Bastidas.
Maher showed up late to the meeting to defend himself. “I bust my ass for this university,” Maher said after justifying every absence and all other possible violations. Once Maher and other House reps left and the House voted on all legislation on the agenda, Campus Budget Chair Jason Wu made the motion for a vote of no confidence.While this vote holds no legislative weight, it could mean Maher is on his way to being impeached. However articles of impeachment have to be drafted by a member of the campus Houses or Senate. Then the articles must pass by a ⅔ majority in all the campus Houses (Boca, Broward, Jupiter, and Treasure Coast) and the University-wide Senate.
Since the Boca House and University-wide Senate both passed bills opposing A&S fee increases, SG Director Heather Bishara told the BHOR the committee which voted to recommend an increase would meet again on March 28 from 2-3 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room.
Bishara also announced a follow-up meeting on April 4 from 2-3 p.m. to hold another vote on an increase recommendation. These meetings will be public, and all students are welcome to make suggestions about how A&S fee money should be spent if they start paying a higher fee.
This announcement was made after administrators in Student Affairs held a meeting with SG leaders and voted to recommend an A&S fee increase without telling anyone else.
Stay tuned to OwlWatch for more on Maher’s status and the public meetings to recommend A&S fee increases.