University of Missouri

52-14: An Act to Amend Chapters I, IV, VI, and IX of the Bylaws for the Creation of the Legislative Advocacy Officer

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Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-14

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTERS I, IV, VI AND IX OF THE BYLAWS FOR THE CREATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY OFFICER

PURPOSE: To amend Chapters I, IV, VI and IX of the bylaws pertaining to the addition of a Legislative Advocacy Officer within the Executive Cabinet.

WHEREAS, the student body of the University of Missouri is best served by a student government which advocates on its behalf; AND

WHEREAS, the Executive Cabinet’s involvement in advocacy in the Spring of 2012 helped restore approximately $100 million to the FY 2013 state budget for public institutions of higher education; AND

WHEREAS, research regarding the possible effects of local, state, and national legislation can lead to the protection and enhancement of student life; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer will research upcoming legislation that is anticipated to affect the lives of MU students; AND

WHEREAS, city governance haslong gone unaccounted for within student government resulting in municipal legislation negatively affecting the student body of the University of Missouri; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer would work with the Chair of the Campus and Community Relations Committee to read the City Council agenda before every committee meeting and would meet with members of the City Council to introduce herself/himself and establish a relationship with the representatives of Columbia, Missouri; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer would notify members of the Association when appropriate to determine action with regard to legislation, lawmakers or advocacy; AND

WHEREAS, the years that have been the most successful for students on a legislative level are years when MSA and ASUM work side by side; AND

WHEREAS, the UM System Government Relations team, the MU Advocacy Director and the leadership of ASUM have agreed to maintain open lines of communication with the Legislative Advocacy Officer; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer will assist with voter registration drives throughout the year and will help educate students on voting in general and on the process for submitting absentee ballots for students not registered in Columbia; AND

WHEREAS, students should have the opportunity to meet and listen to the governor, their senators, representatives and council members; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer will work with ASUM to contact national, state, and city lawmakers to host events where key legislators speak on timely issues; AND

WHEREAS, for non-partisan issues that affect the student body as a whole, the Legislative Advocacy Officer will work with the MU ASUM chapter president to campaign on the issue; AND

WHEREAS, the new ASUM bylaws for ASUM’s Board of Governorsrequire a designee from the undergraduate student government; AND

WHEREAS, the Legislative Advocacy Officer will serve as the designee from the undergraduate student government to ASUM’s Board of Governors; AND

WHEREAS, The Legislative Advocacy Officer will meet regularly with the MU Advocacy Director to stay informed on issues and receive feedback on current activities; AND

WHEREAS, non-partisanship is an essential aspect for the Legislative Advocacy Officer and the Legislative Agenda; AND

WHEREAS, the new position should be tested before becoming a permanent cabinet position; AND

WHEREAS, the Executive Cabinet will use money already allocated to the Executive Cabinet for the payment of the Legislative Advocacy Officer.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter 1.3 of the MSA Bylaws is amended as follows:

1.30 APPOINTMENTS – It shall be the responsibility of the President to make the following appointments.

(A) CHANCELLOR STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS – The President shall appoint students to the various Chancellors’ Standing Committees during the month of August.

(B) JUDICAL APPOINTMENTS – the President shall appoint student(s) to become Justice(s) in the event of a vacancy in the Student Court. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

(C) PRESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT APPOINTMENT – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Chief of Staff. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

(D) SECRETARY OF AUXILIARIES – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Auxiliary liaison. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

(E) LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY OFFICER – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Legislative Advocacy Officer. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

(F) DIRECTOR APPOINTMENTS – The President shall appoint one student to each of the Executive Departments to serve as Director. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter 1.4 of the MSA Bylaws is amended as follows:

1.40 EXECUTIVE CABINET – The Executive Cabinet, under the direction of the President shall maintain proper operation of the Executive branch.

(A) MEMBERSHIP – The ExecutiveCabinet shall consist of the President, Vice President, Chief of Staff, Secretary of Auxiliaries, Legislative Advocacy Officer and the directors of each Executive Department.

(B) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – The Executive Cabinet shall set the internal policy, goals, and duties of the Executive Branch.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter 4.50(a) of the MSA Bylaws is amended as follows:

(1) President: $2520 per fall and winter semester and $1575 per summer ($8.75/hr x 18 hrs/week)

(2) Vice President: $2376 per fall and winter semester and $1485 per summer($8.25/hr x 18 hrs/week)

(3)Director of Student Activities: $1984 per fall and winter semester and $1240 per summer ($7.75/hr x 16 hrs/week)

(4) Director of Student Services: $1984 per fall and winter semester and $1240 per summer ($7.75/hr x 16 hrs/week)

(5) Director of Student Communications: $1984 per fall and winter semester and $1240 per summer ($7.75/hr x 16 hrs/week)

(6) Speaker of the Senate: $2112 per fall and winter semester and $1320 per summer($8.25/hr x 16 hrs/week)

(7) The Clerk of the Senate: $731.11 per fall and winter semester($7.35/hr x 9 hrs/week)

(8) Two President’s Chiefs of Staff: $700 per fall and winter semester($6.75/hr x 6 hrs/week)

(9) The three BEC Executive Board members: $678.89 each per fall and winter semester($7.05/hr x 6 hrs/week)

(10) The Legislative Advocacy Officer: $1,419 per fall and winter semester ($8.35/hr x 10 hrs/week)

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter 6.80 of the MSA Bylaws is amended as follows:

6.80 THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

(A) PURPOSE —The Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) shall serve as a student lobbying group representing the various students of the UM-system.

(B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(1) ASUM shall be governed by a Board of Directors, elected from the various student governments in the UM-system. In accordance with ASUM’s internal bylaws, the ASUM Board of Directors will be formed by three members from each of the four participating campuses and one of the three members from the MU campus will be the Legislative Advocacy Officer. The primary role of this member will be as liaison between ASUM and the respective campus undergraduate student body. These members shall be responsible for reporting to full Senate at least once a month on the issues that ASUM is working.

(2) ELECTION OF UM-COLUMBIA BOARD

(a) Any student wishing to be a candidate in the ASUM election must first fill out an application set by the ASUM Board.

(b) Each application will be available for students to view in the ASUM and Senate offices.

(c) Elections of ASUM officers will b held at Full Senate meeting as vacancies arise.

(d) ASUM officers are elected by a majority of Senators present and voting.

(C) GOOD FAITH CLAUSE; The Association shall work in good faith with the ASUM Board of Directors, Executive Director, Legislative Director, Assistant Legislative Director and all Legislative Assistants on:

(1) Helping ASUM set their legislative agenda;

(2) Working on issues brought to the Association through the student body;

(3) Serving as the primary student voice in ASUM’s policy making and lobbying efforts for the Columbia campus;

(4) Coordinating lobbying efforts dealing with the University Administration on the Columbia campus, the UM-system as a whole, and the State and National Legislatures

(5) Any other relevant issues mandated by the Senate and/or the student body.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter 9.10 of the MSA Bylaws is amended as follows:

9.10 EXECUTIVE OFFICERS – All officers that fall under the Executive Branch of the association shall be outlined below.

(A) PRESIDENT – The President shall serve as the head of the Executive Branch and shall supervise in conjunction with the Vice President all officers within the Executive Branch.

(1) APPOINTMENT – The President is elected by the students of the university.

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The President is not supervised by any officer within the association.

(3) OVERSEES – The President directs all officers within the Executive Branch in conjunction with the Vice President.

(B) VICE PRESIDENT – The Vice President shall supervise in conjunction with the President all officers within the Executive Branch.

(1) APPOINTMENT – The Vice President is elected by the students of the university.

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The Vice President is not supervised by any officer within the association.

(3) OVERSEES – The Vice President directs all officers within the Executive Branch in conjunction with the President.

(C) CHIEF OF STAFF – The Chief of Staff shall serve as an assistant to the President and Vice President and his/her duties shall be assigned by the President and Vice President.

(1) APPOINTMENT – The Chief of Staff is appointed by the President and approved by the Senate (Chapter I).

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The Chief of Staff is supervised by the President and Vice President.

(D) SECRETARY TO THE AUXILIARIES – The Secretary to the Auxiliaries shall serve as a liaison between the auxiliaries of the association and the President and Vice President

(1) APPOINTMENT – The Secretary to the Auxiliaries is appointed by the President and approved by the Senate (Chapter I).

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The Secretary to the Auxiliaries is supervised by the President and Vice President.

(E) DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS – The director of each department shall serve as head of each respective department within the Executive Branch.

(1) APPOINTMENT – The directors are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate (Chapter I).

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The directors are supervised by the President and Vice President.

(3) OVERSEES – The directors shall oversee all members of their respective department.

(F) LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY OFFICER – The President shall appoint a person as an assistant to the President who shall serve in a capacity of Legislative Advocacy Officer. Any such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate (Chapter II).

(1) INAUGURAL APPOINTMENT – The first Legislative Advocacy Officer shall be jointly appointed by the MSA President, MSA Senate Speaker and the MSA Chief Justice. This provision will expire once the Legislative Advocacy Officer is appointed and confirmed.

(2) SUPERVISOR(S) – The Legislative Advocacy Officer is supervised by the President and Vice President.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that this position will be voted on again by full Senate before passage the FY 2013 Budget on whether it will become a permanent position or if it will be discontinued.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that a line item transfer will be made from the following:

$1,000.00 from the Department of Student Communications from funds which would have been carry-over to be used for the wages of the Legislative Advocacy Officer

$2,000.00 from the Department of Student Services from the $4,000 reserved for the Student ORG Activities Mart, which the Association is no longer helping to fund, to be used for the wages of the Legislative Advocacy Officer.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steven Dickherber, Executive Chief of Staff

Zach Toombs, Director of Student Communications

Benjamin Bolin, MSA Senator

Tyler Gill, MSA Senator