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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Senate Briefs

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Oct. 11 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend Senate meetings.Meeting called to order at 6:18 p.m.

Rebecca Sterling, ASUCD president, absent
Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present
Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, present
Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present
Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present
Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present
Anni Kimball, ASUCD senator, present
Paul Min, ASUCD senator, present
Don Gilbert, ASUCD senator, present
Joyce Han, ASUCD senator, present
Erica Padgett, ASUCD senator, present
Beatriz Anguiano, ASUCD senator, present
Patrick Sheehan, ASUCD senator, present
Yara Zokaie, ASUCD senator, absent

The nonprofit blood donor organization BloodSource spoke about the FDA regulation that states that men who have had sex with men since 1977 are deferred as blood donors. Senior Medical Director Chris Gresens stated that the regulation was based on statistics, specifically regarding a trend upward in HIV-positive donors.

Crisologo-Smith expressed concerns about ASUCD supporting an organization that does not consider the FDA regulation discriminatory.

Appointments and confirmations
Julia Sweitzer, Jenna Wooster, Alison Kang and Shannon Smith were confirmed as External Affairs Commissioners.

Consideration of old legislation
Senate Bill 7, authored by Rivilis, co-authored by Goss, allocates $245 for a “Meals with ASUCD” program, by which students in the CoHo can receive vouchers to eat lunch with ASUCD officials. Padgett believed that the program would work better if the vouchers were distributed by Student Services, rather than by the pro tempore. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 9, authored by Han, co-authored by Bottoms, outlines the record-keeping guidelines for the ASUCD Scholarship Committee. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 10, authored and introduced by Goss, adds Meatless Mondays to the CoHo by making meatless options less expensive on Mondays. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 11, authored by Han, co-authored by Bottoms, outlines the record-keeping guidelines for the Champagne Committee. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 12, authored by Fong, co-authored by Cano and Dias, purchases 2,500 ASUCD brochures. The bill passed unanimously.

Consideration of urgent legislation
An urgent Senate resolution to support Proposition 30, which will help avoid significant budget cuts in exchange for a small tax increase, passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 11:10 p.m.

Open positions within ASUCD can be found at vacancy.ucdavis.edu. ROHIT RAVIKUMAR compiles the Senate briefs. He can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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