SA in Brief

Hart addresses Senate at first meeting

Student Association President Kris Hart emphasized the Senate’s need to end “pettiness and disagreements” that have plagued the SA in the past, at the Senate’s first bi-weekly meeting of the semester Tuesday night.

Last year some senators came under fire for improper use of student funds. During elections in March, several candidates, including Hart, based their platforms on reforming the Senate.

“Let us work decisively but most importantly let us work together,” Hart said.

Hart also discussed a “roadmap” for the coming year in his 15-minute speech. His plans include more monthly Town Hall meetings and selling Foggy Bottom Entertainment Guides to raise SA funds.

Sen. Corson submits accountability bills

First year Senator L. Asher Corson (CCAS-U) said he is trying to follow through on some of last year’s campaign promises by writing two bills, which were sent to the Rules Committee.

Corson’s first bill, “A Bill to Bring Accountability and Transparency to Senate Voting Procedures,” proposes to replace secret ballots with a roll call vote and would make the votes available to the GW community.

His second bill, “A Bill to Bring Accountability and Transparency to Senate Impeachment Proceedings,” proposes only to replace secret ballots with a roll call vote.

Corson said he views his bills as an attempt at cleaning up the SA and bringing more accountability to voting procedures. He said he expects to draw support from younger senators, but knows there is dissent.

“It’s an attack on the way the SA used to do things,” he said. “There is a fairly large well sized group that is planning on voting (the bills) down.”

-Rachel Oswald

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