University of Missouri

49-12: An Act to Change the Procedure for Electing At-Large Senators

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-12

An Act to Change the Procedure for Electing At-Large Senators

PURPOSE:    To improve the procedure for electing at-large senators, to ensure senate approves only the most qualified applicants for at-large seats.

WHEREAS, the senate approved the full amount of the 30 allotted at-large senators on the first full senate meeting on September 2, 2009, and

WHEREAS, the senate was not fully prepared for the overwhelming interest of students wanting to run at-large at the first full senate meeting, and

 WHEREAS, the senate asked the 30 students running at-large to explain why they were qualified to run in one to two sentences, and

 WHEREAS, the senate did not elect 2 of the 32 people running for at-large seats in the first full meeting of the senate.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the bylaws reflect the following changes:

2.10 MEMBERSHIP OF THE MSA SENATE

(C)       SENATORS AT-LARGE – 20 seats will be open to an At-Large election, unless any seats are not filled by Senators representing their academic colleges, in which case the total at-large seats will be up to 30.

(1)        PROCEDURE – Each candidate for Senator At-Large shall place his or her name in nomination by submitting a resume to the Speaker of the Clerk of the Senate at or before 12 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the MSA Senate meeting at which they intend to run to be eligible. The clerks must either provide copies or make all resumes available for senators to view during the at-large election.

(2)        ELECTION – A Senator shall be elected by a plurality of the vote of the Senators present. The Senate may only elect 10 senators at-large each meeting of the full senate, regardless of interest or number of applicants. Elections for Senators At-Large shall continue at each Senate meeting until all seats are filled.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sean Haynes, Senator

Lauren Towns, Sub-Committee Chairwoman

Dan Kelley, Senator

Andrew Mikusch, Senator