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SGA appoints senator for College of Music

SGA appoints senator for College of Music

SGA appoints senator for College of Music
September 18
21:46 2013

Javier Navarro / Staff Writer

The Student Government Association appointed a new senator for the College of Music tonight during the second student senate meeting of the semester.

Political science junior John Robert Smith was approved by a majority vote from the student senate to represent the College of Music. Smith said as senator he hopes to help spread the word about SGA to students and propose to build a cafe in the music building during his proponent speech.

“I think everyone should know about SGA because we are here to assist [the students],” Smith said. “If they don’t know about us, we’re not getting a lot accomplished.”

There was a question on whether or not Smith could be approved due to a rule in SGA bylaws during the discussion among the senators before the vote.

Smith was part of SGA about two years ago and was appointed as a senator during that time. He then transferred to Texas Tech University last year and came back to UNT this year.

According to Article I, Section 7 F of the SGA bylaws, “Every student at the University of North Texas may only be appointed to the student senate once.”

The bylaw was passed after Smith transferred to Texas Tech University. Several senators and SGA President Zachary Brown said because the bylaw was put in place after Smith left, it shouldn’t be held against him being appointed.

“I encourage the senate not to let the bylaws prevent us from getting a really hard worker and a really great senator,” Brown said. “I came as a freshman intern and I watched J.R. work, I watched him get appointed the first time and he was a stand-up guy then, and he’s a stand-up guy now.”

International studies junior Shamaal Fletcher also voiced his support for Smith and said that Smith should be given a chance.

“He’s a student who just came back here in the fall semester and he’s trying to be active with the senate, so let’s give this guy an opportunity,” Fletcher said.

The senate ended discussion after Fletcher’s statement and proceeded to vote in favor of appointing Smith as senator.

The senate also discussed whether or not two bills should be granted emergency status. If a bill is granted emergency status, that bill will be voted on the same day it is introduced.

The expenditure bill was the first to go on the floor. The bill would have any expenditure over $300 be approved by the fiscal committee first.

The legislative reform bill was the second to be discussed. The bill would require 20 signatures from the student body before a student senator can submit any legislation.

Both of the bills were not granted emergency status and will be discussed at a later time.

The meeting also introduced 25 new freshman interns.
Members of SGA vote to approve two bills: Bill F2013-1 Expenditures Approval and Bill F2013-2 Legislative Submission Reform at a Wednesday night meeting. Feature photo by Porschia Paxton / Intern 

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