University of Missouri

53-1: An Act to Permit Any Member of the Missouri Students Association to Speak During MSA Senate

Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri
Bill #53-1

AN ACT TO PERMIT ANY MEMBER OF THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION TO SPEAK DURING MSA SENATE

PURPOSE:  To allow all members of the Missouri Students Association to have speaking rights during MSA Senate so long as they are appropriately recognized by the Senate Speaker.

WHEREAS, all current undergraduate students at the University of Missouri are deemed as members of the Missouri Students Association; AND

WHEREAS, MSA Senate should be a deliberative forum for Senators to vote on legislation only after having heard from members of the Association that wish to express their concerns and opinions; AND

WHEREAS, there is currently a bias in that members of the Association who are not well acquainted with MSA are less likely to participate in MSA Senate; AND

WHEREAS, granting speaking rights to all members of the Association would not harm Senate in any sense as individuals would still need to be recognized by the Senate Speaker per Robert’s Rules of Order and debate could be ended by a successful main motion;

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Rule 10 of the Missouri Students Association Senate be amended to read as follows:

Rule 10: DEBATE – After the amendment process, the Speaker shall entertain alternating speeches in opposition and in favor of the bill until the call to previous question has been called. All present members of the Missouri Students Association shall be free to speak on legislation before full Senate during debate.

Respectfully submitted,

Devin Kelsey                           Nick Droege                            Zach Beattie

MSA Senator                           MSA President                         MSA Vice President