USGD legislation goes unsigned

Vice President of Services Ernesto Hernandez accumulated seven absence points by missing a President’s meeting, several Executive Board meetings and the mandatory service event Devils in Disguise. (Courtney Pedroza/DD)

All legislation passed by Undergraduate Student Government Downtown this 2016-2017 academic year is now void after it failed to sign any of their legislation thus far.

According to the USGD bylaw Title III, Article 6, Point 2, “All bylaw revisions and bills passed by the USGD Senate must be signed by the President of the Senate or acting chair in order to certify the vote. The President of the Senate or acting chair must place the act(s) on the desk of the USGD President within one (1) business day.”

This bylaw has been in place since at least the spring semester of the prior academic year.

USGD, as of this semester, has been negligent in signing legislation — bills and resolutions — that have been passed.

Public legislation is available upon request for each semester in the USGD office, located in the post office on Central Avenue and Fillmore Street.

What were known as Senate Bills 1, 2 and 3, will be signed and approved as Senate Bills 8, 9 and 10. Resolutions 1, 3, 4 and 5 through 7 will also be signed into law, according to Senator Case Smith of Barrett, the Honors College.

Smith said that so far this semester, USGD has been working under an incorrect pretense within the bylaws adopted from the 2015-2016 school year.

USGD President Jackson Dangremond said that before and during the upcoming meeting, three things will be done: USGD will take responsibility for its negligence and missteps, reread and analyze its documents and correct previous mistakes in enforcing bylaws.

“The issue at hand in terms of not signing legislation is an error that can be made at any point in time in administrations that are transitioning,” said Dangremond. “We have an all-new presidential cabinet and we are still learning our roles.”

At Friday’s meeting, the USGD plans to fix the issue of a lack of signatures on previously mentioned legislation and will make the 2016-2017 legislation binder open to the public in its office.

Editor’s note: Case Smith is a Downtown Devil reporter. He did not contribute to the reporting of this article.

Corrections: October 19, 2016

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that USGD legislation was not made public, that there would be an emergency meeting on Friday to pass five bills, and that Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 would all be signed and approved Oct. 21. It has been updated to show that the meeting on Oct. 21 is a regularly scheduled meeting during which voided bills 1, 2, and 3 will be signed and approved as bills 8, 9 and 10. Additionally, a quote by Case Smith regarding a separate issue with Academic Year 2015-2016’s Senate Bill 30 was removed, as it was out of context.

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