University of Missouri

53-28: An Act to Amend the Senate Rules

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 53- 28


 PURPOSE, to eliminate bias amongst the senate floor during future elections

WHEREAS, on general morality purposes MSA executive currently abstains from endorsing candidates in senatorial, presidential, and speaker elections; AND

WHEREAS, it is biased for committee chairs to show favor upon certain parties in each said event; AND

WHEREAS, it could provide an awkward atmosphere among legislative cabinet and/or Executive cabinet when candidates are elected and begin official duties; AND

WHEREAS, senate has previously done away with the endorsement period before at large senator elections and this concept represents roughly the same principle that was behind the riddance of that procedure.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that the Senate Rules be amended to reflect the following changes:

Rule 13: ELECTION OF THE SPEAKER – The Speaker shall be elected by the Senate during the last regular meeting of February.  The Speaker shall serve a one year term beginning and ending at the first regular meeting in March.  The Speaker-elect shall be sworn in by a justice of the Student Court.

  1. NOMINATIONS FOR SPEAKER – Nominations shall be taken at the Senate meeting prior to the election and at the meeting during which the election takes place.
  2. CANDIDATE ORDER – Candidates shall speaker in an order determined by a random drawing of names.
  3. CANDIDATE SPEECHES – Up to two supporters of the candidate may speak for three minutes each expressing their support of the candidate.  The candidate shall then speak for up to six minutes.
  4. SUPPORTER – A candidate may have any person be a supporter, except for: members of Executive Cabinet and Legislative Cabinet.
  5. VOTING – The Speaker shall facilitate the election.  Senators shall vote on paper distributed by the Speaker and Clerk.  The Speaker and Clerk shall then collect all ballots and certify the results.
  6. RUNOFF PROCEDURE – Should one candidate not receive a majority vote on the first ballot, a runoff shall be held immediately between the two candidates receiving the most votes in the first ballot.
    1. In the event of a tie, the Speaker shall cast the deciding vote.
    2. If the Speaker is a candidate then the Speaker shall not be allowed to cast a deciding vote.
  7. SINGULAR CANDIDATE – Should there be only one candidate; the Senate must give the candidate a majority vote of confidence.
  8. INCUMBENT SPEAKER – In the event of an incumbent Speaker running for reelection, the Chief Justice will replace the Speaker as facilitator of the election and certify the results of the election.
    1. The Chief Justice shall not be allowed to cast a deciding vote in the event of a tie.
    2. In the event of a tie, the candidates shall be allowed to speak for six minutes and a new vote will take place.  This process shall repeat itself until a candidate achieves majority.
  9. REMOVAL/RESIGNATION OF THE SPEAKER – If the Speaker is removed or resigns, nominations shall be accepted at the first meeting following the removal or resignation.  At the first meeting following the removal or resignation an election shall be held to fill the remainder of the term.


Respectfully submitted,

Shelby Catalano

Budget Chair

Payton Head

SJC Chair