ASMSU 2018-B-11 Constitution Update
Sponsor: Scott Killian Yes ____ No ____ Senators Present ____
Co-Sponsors: Ambika Murali First Reading ______________________
Natalie Abbot Second Reading ____________________
Vote Necessary: A two-thirds majority ASMSU Senate Speaker
Intent: Update the Constitution Effective Date _____________________
XIV. JUDICIAL BRANCH
The Judicial Branch of ASMSU consists of one body, herein known as the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court.
ASMSU Justices shall:
(a) Uphold the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
(b) Interpret the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
(c) Attend all meetings of the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court. It is at the discretion of the ASMSU Chief Justice to decide if absences shall be excused or unexcused as outlined in the ASMSU Bylaws.
Judicial powers of ASMSU shall be vested in the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court. All final appeals of ASMSU members shall be heard before the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court as outlined in the ASMSU Bylaws.
Voting Members XIV-iii
The voting membership of the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court shall be comprised of a set number of ASMSU Justices outlined in the Bylaws. The ASMSU Senate may increase the membership of the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court to be no greater than thirteen and decrease it to no fewer than five. A decrease in the composition of the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court shall be done through attrition. Each ASMSU Justice shall have one vote.
ASMSU Justices shall be appointed by the ASMSU President, subject to confirmation by a majority two-thirds vote of the ASMSU Senate.
Following appointment, ASMSU Justices shall be permitted to serve as long as they remain an eligible ASMSU member.
In the case of vacancy, ASMSU Justices shall be appointed in the same manner as the initial appointment outlined in section XIV-iv.
- ASSOCIATED STUDENT POWER
Student Bill System IV-v
Student bill forms will be made available by ASMSU. Completed bills shall be submitted to the ASMSU office. Upon receipt pf of the student bill form, the ASMSU Senate Speaker shall appoint an ASMSU Senator to work with the student sponsor on the bill, in order to write the bill. The appointed ASMSU Senator shall be responsible for finding the requisite number of ASMSU Senate sponsors for the bill.
VII. VICE PRESIDENT
The ASMSU Vice President shall be elected by MSU-Bozeman students as outlined in section VI-iii.
- LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
Legislative powers of ASMSU shall be vested in the ASMSU Senate. Only the ASMSU Senate has the power to create new programs, to remove existing programs, and to establish or change the goals of any ASMSU organization. All final budgetary decisions are to be made by the ASMSU Senate. The ASMSU Senate has the right to overrule all budgetary recommendations. The ASMSU Senate reserves the right to override the ASMSU President’s veto by a three-fourths majority vote at the next regularly scheduled meeting following the announcement of the veto.
Legislative powers of ASMSU shall be vested in the ASMSU Senate. Only the ASMSU Senate has the power to create new programs, to remove existing programs, and to establish or change the goals of any ASMSU organization. All final budgetary decisions are to be made by the ASMSU Senate.
Voting Members IX-iii
The voting membership of the ASMSU Senate is to consist of twenty voting ASMSU Senators. Each member shall have one vote. The ASMSU Senate Speaker shall vote only to break ties. make or break a tie or where such vote could be the deciding vote.
- SENATE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
The ASMSU Senate Speaker Pro Tempore shall chair the ASMSU Finance Board, Registered Student Organization Funding Board, and fulfill duties set forth by the ASMSU Bylaws. In the absence of the ASMSU Senate Speaker, the ASMSU Senate Speaker Pro Tempore shall assume the responsibilities of the ASMSU Senate Speaker.
XII. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
There shall be an ASMSU Senate Judiciary Committee.
The ASMSU Senate shall appoint three ASMSU Senators to serve on the ASMSU Senate
Judiciary Committee by a majority vote. The ASMSU Senate Speaker shall chair the
meetings and vote only to break ties.
The ASMSU Senate Judiciary Committee shall meet in order to review and submit updates to the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws as needed. In the instance of a Judicial Council Supreme Court ruling, the committee shall submit proposed legislation to the ASMSU Senate.
- CHIEF JUSTICE
There shall be an ASMSU Chief Justice appointed from the membership of the ASMSU
Judicial Council Supreme Court by the ASMSU President, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the ASMSU Senate.
The ASMSU Chief Justice shall:
(a) Chair meetings of the ASMSU Judicial Council Supreme Court;
(b) Chair meetings of the ASMSU Senate during hearings regarding impeachment and
(c) removal of ASMSU Officials of the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch;
(dc) Hold custody of the current and all previous versions of the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
(ed) Deliver the Oath of Office to all incoming ASMSU Officials of the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch;
(fe) Fulfill duties set forth in the ASMSU Bylaws.
XVI. APPOINTED OFFICIALS
Appointees shall not be empowered to act in their designated capacity until the ASMSU Senate has confirmed the appointment by a majority vote. Further duties of all appointed Officials as are outlined in the Bylaws.
XVIII. FISCAL POLICY
The ASMSU Senate shall oversee the expenditure of ASMSU funds with the advice and
recommendations of the ASMSU Finance Board. No expenditures shall be made from these funds for purposes outside the legitimate activities of ASMSU.
Finance Board XVIII-ii
The Finance Board may recommend any fiscal, operational, or management change to any budget or request. It shall be the function of the ASMSU Finance Board to review all
financial requests made of ASMSU in accordance with the Bylaws.
ASMSU Finance Board members shall serve a term of one year, coinciding with the
Funded Organizations XVIII-iv
In order for an organization to receive funds annually from ASMSU, the organization must be a recognized operation of ASMSU.
Senate Fiscal Powers XVIII-v
If the ASMSU Senate wishes to override a Finance Board recommendation for existing
ASMSU organizations, or fund an entity without a Finance Board recommendation, they
must do so by a two-thirds majority vote of the ASMSU Senate. The ASMSU Senate has the right to make all final budgeting decisionsoverrule all budgetary recommendations.
- CONSTITUION CONSTITUTION
Amendment by referendum XX-i
Any member of the ASMSU Senate may propose amendments to this Constitution. If passed by a two-thirds majority vote of the ASMSU Senate, then the proposed referendum shall be submitted to MSU-Bozeman students at the next general election to be voted upon.
Amendment by initiative XX-ii
MSU-Bozeman students may propose amendments to this Constitution by an initiative as
outlined in section IV-ii.
If ratified by a majority of MSU-Bozeman student voters, the amendment shall become a
part of this Constitution effective immediately.