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SGA impeachment agreement possible

SGA impeachment agreement possible

SGA impeachment agreement possible
February 20
00:35 2014

Joshua Knopp // Senior Staff Writer

After almost a month with impeachment proceedings hanging over SGA, the student body president and the senator who requested his impeachment have reached a tentative truce.

International studies junior Shamaal Fletcher had gathered the necessary one thousand signatures to move forward the impeachment process of president Zachary Brown and vice president Anthony Brown. However, he won’t file the petition if Zachary Brown sends an email to the students explaining how SGA will do better going forward and updates the constitution and website. Brown has until Monday to do this, or Fletcher will continue with the impeachment.

“The main reason for filing the petition was so that they would start addressing the issues I’ve been flagging for months,” Fletcher said. “This will be a collaborative effort. The goal is to resolve the violations and start paying more attention to the internal affairs within our organization.”

Brown said he sat down with Fletcher and established how similar their goals were.

“You have to understand that there is no bad blood,” he said. “At the end of the day, Shamaal and I want the same thing.”

Fletcher said in the coming months, his main goals are to push through some constitutional amendments he’s been promoting that haven’t been voted on because they require two thirds of the senate. Because the senate has 45 seats, even though many are empty, these referendums would have required 30 votes. Fletcher said he will discuss this with the SGA Supreme Court, because he believes this is a flawed interpretation and it should require two thirds of seated senators.

If the court rules in his favor and it becomes practical to amend the constitution, Fletcher will try to push an amendment that will require the SGA president to have served in SGA previously and would try to give the speaker pro tempe the power to enforce attendance. Fletcher is the current speaker pro tempe.

Fletcher said he is not going to try to run for senate or president next year.

“The best way I can put this is the organization needs a lot of work, and at this point I’m just exhausted,” he said.

The association passed a bill to promote voter registration. This will keep UNT eligible for certain funding.

Sociology senior Precious Femi-Ogunyemi, who heads the election committee, announced that applications to run for senate and president are up on sga.unt.edu/voting, and they will close 5 p.m. next Friday. All seats will be up for grabs.

Anthony Brown stressed recruitment to the current senators.

“If two people for each of you runs for senate, that’s actually a really competitive race,” he said.

Feature photo: Sociology senior Precious Femi-Ogunyemi explains the parameters for applying to be a senator or the next president at the SGA meeting Wednesday night at Wooten Hall. All seats will be open. Photo by Joshua Knopp / Senior Staff Writer

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