Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri
An Act to Create a Historian’s Speech During Debates in Full Senate
WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association routinely introduces legislation that has far reaching outcomes, and,
WHEREAS, this legislation a has long life span, as well as the potential for subsequent legislation in as little time as a year, and,
WHEREAS, the subsequent legislation does not have to come from the original author, and,
WHEREAS, members of MSA may have firsthand knowledge and experience of an issue while not being directly connected to the bill, and,
WHEREAS, these members may desire to share their knowledge and experience about the issue in front of the Full MSA Senate in a neutral manner without doing so as either a speech in Favor or Against the issue, and,
WHEREAS, this Historical Speech is not intended to be a common occurrence at full Senate meetings, but as a method of imparting institutional memory on the body in a verbal manner on a particular matter, and,
WHEREAS, MSA constantly strives to increase the institutional memory of the organization for the benefit of its members and the entire University of Missouri Community.
THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the Senate adopt a Historian’s Speech for the purpose of increasing members’ historical knowledge of a particular issue.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER ENACTED that the Rules of the Senate be amended to read:
New Rule 15. HISTORIAN’S SPEECH—At any point during debate on an Act or a Resolution, following the Authorship speech, the Podium may recognize a member of the Senate, who specifies their intention to the Podium to give a Neutral 2 Minute speech on the history of the bill should a member of the body feel qualified to give such a report. This person cannot be a signatory on the bill. The Historian’s Speech would not take the place of a speech in Favor or in Opposition, but would temporarily interrupt the alternating flow between the other two types of Speeches. The report may be followed by a 4 minute questioning period. Should the Podium feel that the speech is becoming partisan, the Podium may give the speaker a warning and if the warning is not heeded, the Podium may end the speech prematurely without regard for the remaining time nor for the questioning period.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER ENACTED that the listed Speech Times be amended to include the following:
Following Authorship/Speech in Opposition/Favor,
Historian’s Speech 2 [Minutes] (+4)
Ian F. Krause, Academic Affairs Chair
Amanda Shelton, MSA Senate Speaker