University of Missouri

49-27: A Bill to Modify Current MSA Policy Regarding Senator Absences

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-27

A Bill to Modify Current MSA Policy Regarding Senator Absences

PURPOSE: To amend sections in the MSA bylaws to codify new responsibilities for senate clerks and creating new opportunities for senators at risk of being purged.

Whereas, some senators currently have little awareness as to their number of absences from Senate and Committee sessions, and

Whereas, Senate clerks currently keep attendance at meetings but have no codified responsibility to inform Senators of the level of their absences, and

Whereas, Senators who have recorded absences have no opportunities to erase their absences and must wait till the end of the semester to receive a “clean slate,” and

Whereas, it is consistent with the ideals of the Missouri Students Association to incentivize and encourage its members to develop their commitment to civic duty and community service.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE THAT Section 2.5 (B) of the Missouri Students Association Bylaws detailing the role of the Senate Clerk be amended to read: CLERKS OF THE SENATE— The Senate shall maintain two clerks throughout the session. The Clerks of the Senate shall be appointed by the Speaker, approved by the Operations Committee and confirmed by the Senate. The Clerks shall issue credentials to all Senators, keep attendance at all Senate meetings, to provide warning to Senators who have reached three absences and risk being purged, keep minutes at all Senate meetings, prepare the Senate packets, handle Senate correspondence, review all legislation for technical soundness, maintain the Senate website, and perform other such duties as may be provided for by law and in the Rules of the Senate or assigned by the Speaker.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Section 2.20 (A) detailing the rules for removal of senators be amended to read:

(A)        REASONS FOR REMOVAL—A Senator may be removed from office only the following reasons:

(1)     Violation of 2.05.

(2)     Violation of 2.90.

(3)     Four (4) or more absences from MSA Senate and committee meetings combined without sending a proxy or documented medical excuse.  Senators have the opportunity to erase their absences through participation in community service. A missed committee or senate meeting may be replaced by 1 hour of documented community service. Community service hours may be completed as a self-directed project or through work for a not-for-profit organization that operates under 501c(3) or 501c(6) tax status. Community service projects must be pre-approved by the Senate Speaker and documentation must be submitted to the Senate Speaker upon completion. Each Senator may erase a maximum of two committee absence and two senate absence through this process. Attendance records shall start over in the winter semester of the session.

Respectfully Submitted,

Abhi Sivasailam, Student Affairs Committee, Campus Dining Issues Chair

Sheela Lal, Student Affairs Vice-Chair