Legislative Update: July 26th, 2013

 Here’s a report of the July 26, 2013 Boca House of Representatives meeting. This report is brought to you by UP reporters Ella Levinger and Stacey Pasternak.

The second to last session on July 26, 2013–beginning one minute after scheduled time–for the Boca House of Representatives summer term, was missing five delegates, as well as the President, Vice President, and Governor.

Roughly 3 minutes into the session during open forum, Representative Didier Ortiz recalled his meeting in Tallahassee to support Dream Defenders and their “stand your ground” special session of legislature. Dream Defenders is an organization heading up protests in relation to George Zimmerman’s verdict in killing Trayvon Martin.

“We should have dialogue about what happens about the laws, regardless of whether you agree with the verdict or not,” Ortiz said.

Amanda Schumacher filled in for President Peter Amirato, discussing the Florida Student Association conference held in Jacksonville,  an organization bent on improving all the universities in Florida and how they function. Student Body President Peter Amirato, Vice President Patrick Callahan, and Boca Campus Gov. Charles Berichi were all attending. The conference focused on broken vending machines in the Breezeway and other things regarding the FSA.

The program reports began with marketing director Danielle Klaristenfeld, pushing the advertisement of FAU’s new Student Government facebook page, hoping to get 500 likes by friday August 2, 2013.

Aneal Ramkissoon began his first week as COSO director and discussed the preparation of “Get Loud” for August 25, 2013 on the housing lawn. Ramkissoon also mentioned “Club Fest” at campus recreations from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the rec-room on September 11, 2013, and the possibility of an open house on September 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  “so the students could know about the resources and facilities on the second floor of the student union”.

The Committee on Committees Chair report, given by Michael Cepeda, discussed Owl Fowl, where students wear shirts from different schools in exchange for a new FAU shirt.

During the campus Action Chair report, Christopher Ferreira teamed with the marketing director on making pamphlets for the Student Government Starter Kits.

Tabled business, (BRHB-13-12, or “Duties and Powers of the Student Body President”)  “700 statute revisions” was approved by the house unanimously after a friendly amendment from Shireen Rosier for clarification about the bill and what it promises on paper. The “700 statute revisions” updated the rules of the House of Representatives.

During the special order speeches, Parliamentarian Ian Dunne apologized for his behavior at meetings throughout the summer, which he thought could’ve been offensive to the rest of his colleagues.

“I apologize for my behaviors and actions throughout the summer; I’m one of those old school representatives, I have a different mindset than everybody else,” Dunne said.

When asked about his reasoning for apologizing,  Parliamentarian Dunne said,

“My reputation is on the line. If i didn’t do this now, people are going to have less confidence in my ability to be an effective leader.”

Until August 2, stay tuned to Owl Watch.

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