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Davis, California

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the May 14 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room.


Meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m.


Joe Chatham, ASUCD president, present

Chris Dietrich, ASUCD vice president, present

Joemar Clemente, ASUCD senator, present

Danny Garrett, ASUCD senator, present

Justin Gold, ASUCD senator, present

Erin Lebe, ASUCD senator, present

Kevin Massoudi, ASUCD senator, present

Justin Patrizio, ASUCD senator, present

Laura Pulido, ASUCD senator, present

Shawdee Rouhafza, ASUCD senator, present

Trevor Taylor, ASUCD senator, present

Mo Torres, ASUCD senator, present

Previn Witana, ASUCD senator, present

Jack Zwald, ASUCD president pro tempore, present


Consideration of Old Legislation

Senate Bill 52, authored and introduced by the Internal Affairs Commission, to clarify the responsibilities of the senate president pro tempore regarding the senates relationship with The California Aggie, passed unanimously.


Senate Bill 53, authored and introduced by the Internal Affairs Commission, to amend the bylaws to reflect the correct number of Outreach Assembly members from six to seven serving winter terms, passed unanimously.


Senate Bill 54, authored and introduced by the Internal Affairs Commission, to explicitly state the process by which the recorder of the Outreach Assembly is selected, passed unanimously.


Other Business

Laura Brown, chair of the Gender and Sexuality Commission, raised the issue of institutionalizing the ASUCD Job Fair because she felt it was a great success. This year it was organized by the Environmental Policy and Planning Commission. Brown suggested moving it to the Outreach Assembly permanently.


Pulido spoke against Sodexhos wintertime purchase of 90 percent of their tomatoes from Florida, where the workers picking them have not received a pay increase in 30 years.


Taylor gave an update about starting an online rideshare forum. He discovered that TAPS is preparing to partner with Zimride, an online rideshare program affiliated with Zipcar, a car sharing service that is expected to come to UC Davis in the fall. Taylor said TAPS is interested in forming a partnership with ASUCD to publicize the project.


Eli Yani, ASUCD controller, brought up the idea of writing a bylaw to make it so all student government publicity must go through the controllers office, as the publicity fund is overdrafted by $2,500.


Gold suggested looking into a way to summarize simple bills clarifying facts on one sheet in the interest of saving paper, similar to a consent agenda in local government. Gold agreed with Lebes suggestion of dealing with those types of bills via e-mail.


Zwald said he was very wary of passing bills via e-mail because its hard to draw the line on which bills are simple fact clarifications and would prefer the senate to have open meetings.


Dietrich said they could look into using a consent model like the city government, but thats very different than going through e-mail, which is not good for transparency and open government.


Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.


ALYSOUN BONDE compiles the Senate Briefs. She can be reached at campus@theaggie.org. 





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