Boca House of Representatives [March 30, 2012 Edition]

Here’s a breakdown of the last Boca House of Representatives meeting. This legislative update is brought to you by UP reporter Dylan Bouscher.


Vetoed Business

BRHR-12-03: “Stand Against the Green Fee” was vetoed by Boca Governor Ryan Ebanks and overturned by the House with a vote of 28-1. The bill was written by House Speaker Pro Tempore Eric Lupo and sponsored by 17 representatives. This bill shows the House is opposed to any attempt to add a Green fee to students’ tuition and fees.

The fee is supported by Mission Green and would be used to add solar panels and lower energy costs for FAU. It would have to be approved by the Board of Trustees and Florida Board of Governors before students start paying it.

SG President Ayden Maher told the House that the Board of Trustees has no plan to add a green fee.

Since Ebanks was absent from the meeting, the Governor’s Executive Assistant Jonathan Mustain explained why Ebanks vetoed the bill. “No extensive research was done on the green fee, there was no proof of the feasibility and what the fee was actually going to do,” Mustain said.

Mustain also gave Ebanks’ suggestions to poll the student body on the fee and to talk to Student Affairs, Facilities and Physical Plant.

Now that Ebanks’ veto has been overturned, the bill will go to Maher’s desk for approval or veto. Lupo told the UP the House could overturn Maher’s veto if that is his decision.

New Business

BRHB-12-04: “A Resolution Supporting the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act” was sent to committees after the House voted on it. If passed, this resolution will show SG’s support of a bill the U.S. Congress is considering. The bill was written by Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council Howard Rudnick and sponsored by Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas.

BRHR-12-05: “Preserving a Landmark” was also sent to committees when the House voted on it. If passed, the resolution will show the BHOR is opposed to the demolition of the Algonquin Residence Hall. This is part of the Master Plan for the Boca Campus, according to the resolution. The bill was written by Maher’s Executive Assistant Michael Brown and sponsored by Bastidas.


Maher told the House the Boca Raton City Council would meet next week to vote to allow FAU banners to hang from 20 light poles on the north side of Glades Road.

Stay tuned for more info on the banners, green fee, and demolition of Algonquin.


2 Responses to “Boca House of Representatives [March 30, 2012 Edition]”

  1. Is Maher sure about that? Because the FAU banners are not on any upcoming Boca Raton meeting agenda per their website.

  2. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a
    totally different topic but it has pretty much the same
    layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

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