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Student vote erases SGA House of Representatives

Student vote erases SGA House of Representatives

November 17
20:23 2015

Lisa Dreher  | Staff Writer

Sarah Lagro | Staff Writer

@lisa_dreher97

Student Government Association’s House of Representatives was dissolved after a student vote of 114 to 91. About 0.6 percent of the student body participated in the referendum.

SGA president Adam Alattry wanted to remove the body from SGA in order to focus on the SGA Senate.

“I think it was a good turnout,” Alattry said. “I think 200 people voting is not really horrible.”

Student applications to join the SGA House were not open last spring, which led the House of Representatives chamber to be largely inactive.

“It’s a huge weight off our backs,” Alattry said. “Now that it is passed, we can focus on building [the SGA Senate] up like we envisioned it when we first came into the administration.”

Throughout the voting period last week, the North Texas Daily asked students around campus if they knew of the referendum. Of 100 who responded, 12 of them were aware of the referendum.

Because the SGA House has been removed, the undergraduate government will be able to focus its attention on the Senate, where problems remain, such as members not knowing how to write legislation.

Through spring 2016, SGA will train its members to effectively write legislation on student concerns by using templates to construct the proper format.

Students not in SGA can propose legislation, according to the SGA By-Laws. Article two, section two, states bills may be submitted to the Student Senate by the student body president, a senator or a student as long as the legislation is sponsored by a seated senator. Alattry said students are not allowed to submit statutes they have written on their own.

“Only members of the legislative branch may draft legislation which currently are our senators.” Alattry said.

Alattry said if a student has an idea or wants to propose legislation, they should contact their respective senator and meet with him or her.

Education junior Robyn McGhee said she would like to see more connection between SGA and the student body.

“Passing a bill that would somehow encourage student involvement would be helpful,” McGhee said.

Featured Image: The SGA debates over a current bylaw and about what happens if one of them changes majors at their meeting Wednesday night. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

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