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ASUCD Senate passes five bills unanimously at January 14 meeting, but tabled DREAM Committees proposal for pandemic fund again

Senate Bill #47, an ASUCD senate bill introduced to provide $9,800 to the Dream Committee for a pandemic relief fund for Dreamers, was once again tabled

At the Jan. 14 meeting, ASUCD Senate passed Bills #51, #50, #48, #49 and #42 unanimously, which serve to structure the bylaws, get a handle on the budget and provide clarification on the senate’s commitment to following state and federal laws.

Senate Bill #47, a Senate bill introduced to provide $9,800 to the Dream Committee in a relief fund due to pandemic hardships, was also brought up during old legislation discussion but was tabled by author Senator Rodriguez-Ibarra due to lack of structure, according to Senator Maahum Shahab. 

Bill #47 is a way to bring back accountability after funds that had been promised to undocumented students in the beginning of the pandemic were not distributed, Shahab said. The Controller sought changes for more accountability, and asked with whom they had talked. 

 “After that, there weren’t many concrete answers,” Shahab said. “This table saw there was no new process; there was a lot of fear that the same thing would happen again. Everyone voted to table it until we properly go back and find a new structure.” 

Vice President Emily Barneond introduced two nominees for associate vice president: Juliana Hernandez for associate vice president of internal communications and Vinal Chand for associate vice presidents of external communications. In unanimous consent, the motion passed. 

For the weekly reports, President Kyle Krueger mentioned meeting with administrators and students regarding Physical Education and attending Academic Senate to speak with individuals regarding Equitable Access concerns.

Vice President Emily Barneond reported on working to integrate the Senate and Executive members more by creating a new committee and amending ASUCD bylaws for administrators to come to committee meetings. 

Senator Amanjot Gandhoke reported meeting with Pantry Director Ryan Choi to discuss the functionality of The Pantry moving forward, and met with Maya Llamas, the executive director of the Community Resource and Retention Centers, to discuss KDVS’s strategic planning meeting. 

Senator Lucas Fong met with the Entertainment Council to discuss upcoming quarterly events and plans, and suggested adding Saturday Trivia Nights to the calendar. 

Senator Kristin Mifsud sat in on a meeting for a new Athletics Director along with President Krueger. 

Senator Shahab discussed the City of Davis’s public meeting which considered better options for affordable housing and provided a statement in support.

Senator Tenzin Youedon met with representatives from the Committee on Student Affairs and Fees to discuss student fees and attended a meeting to discuss the Campus Expansion Initiative. 

Written by: Annette Campos — campus@theaggie.org 

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