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 senate‘s 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.
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 Sodexho‘s 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 controller‘s 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 Lebe‘s suggestion of dealing with those types of bills via e-mail.
Zwald said he was very wary of passing bills via e-mail because it‘s 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 that‘s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.