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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Senate Brief

ASUCD Senate meetings are scheduled to begin Thursdays at 6:10 p.m. Times listed are according to the clock at the Oct. 25 meeting location, the Memorial Union’s Mee Room. The ASUCD president is not required to attend Senate meetings.

 Meeting called to order at 6:14 p.m.

Yena Bae, ASUCD vice president, present
Kabir Kapur, ASUCD senator, present
Jared Crisologo-Smith, ASUCD senator, present, arrived late
Bradley Bottoms, ASUCD senator, present
Justin Goss, ASUCD senator, pro tempore, 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

Appointments and confirmations

Justin Lee was confirmed as the Student Health and Wellness Committee Chair.

Andre Garcia, Irina Sushch and Zach Griffiths were confirmed to the Business and Finance Commission.

Haley Proehl and Anjali Kadakia were confirmed to the Environmental Policy and Planning Commission.

April Johnson was confirmed as an ASUCD justice.

Consideration of old legislation

Senate Bill 17, authored by the Internal Affairs Commission, co-authored by Kapur and Lin, to clarify the ambiguity in Senate Bill 4 for the ASUCD Entrepreneurship Fund Permanent Committee. The bill passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 19 authored by Cano to amend the legislative processes for commission introductory procedures. ASUCD Controller Melanie Maemura said the bill changes the legislation process completely. Crisologo-Smith said the bill is useful for noncontroversial bills and resolutions, allowing Senate to expedite the legislative process and increase transparency. Padgett was concerned with the fundamental change in the way legislation is introduced. In a 7-3-1 vote, the bill passed.

Senate Bill 15 authored by Renner Burkle, co-authored by Kapur, outlines KDVS spending and allocates $36,000 from Capital Reserves to purchase equipment for the KDVS tower site relocation.

Sheehan said the bill will improve external relations if there are more people in the sphere of UC Davis’ radio influence, but he is concerned with the amount allocated and argued to reduce the amount. Padgett said the tower will exponentially increase KDVS’ reach to the community. Diaz-Ordaz said that the potential expansion of listeners does not guarantee that people will listen. Crisologo-Smith said that they do not have the financial facts to vote in favor of the bill and that there are too many numerical ambiguities.

The bill was tabled in a 7-4-0 vote for re-referral to the Business and Finance Committee.

Public discussion

Mary Champeny, head news director of KDVS, said that the new tower will help promote campus events to the greater Sacramento area. Ben Castle, underwriter director of KDVS, said that there is great potential to reach out to Sacramento businesses for advertising, which can lead to rapid revenue growth.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 a.m.

Open positions within ASUCD can be found at vacancy.ucdavis.edu. STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN compiles the Senate Briefs. She can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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