2020-B-11 Senate Meetings, Supreme Court, and Officials
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Yes: ____ No: ____ Abstain: ____
First Reading: __________________
Second Reading: __________________
ASMSU Senate Speaker
Effective Date: __________________
Sponsor: Kacie Cummings
Co-Sponsors: Ambika Murali
Vote Required: Majority
Sections: XIII-i through XVII-iii
Intent: To improve structure, clarify language, and fix inconsistencies in articles XIII through XVII.
XIII. SENATE MEETINGS
Regular Meetings XIII-i
The ASMSU Senate shall convene once a week during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year, at a regular time established by the ASMSU Senate. All regular meetings of the ASMSU Senate shall be open to the public.
Special Meetings XIII-ii
The ASMSU Senate Speaker may call special meetings. The ASMSU President may call a special meeting with a petition bearing the signatures of a majority of the voting members of the ASMSU Senate. Students may request a special meeting by petition as described in Section IV-i.
Conduct of Meetings XIII-iii
All meetings of the ASMSU Senate are to be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
Senate Records XIII-iv
Voting records and minutes of ASMSU Senate meetings shall be open to the public. These records shall be made available within three working days following the meeting.
The quorum for ASMSU Senate meetings shall be a majority of the ASMSU Senate voting members. For ASMSU Senate meetings considering the impeachment and removal of an ASMSU Official, as described in section XVI-ii, the quorum shall instead be a three-fourths majority of the ASMSU Senate voting membership.
All votes shall be made only by the voting members in attendance at the time of the vote.
ARTICLE XIV. ASMSU SUPREME COURT
The ASMSU Supreme Court shall be composed of ASMSU Justices appointed by the ASMSU President, and subject to confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the ASMSU Senate. The ASMSU Senate may increase the number of Justices of the ASMSU Supreme Court to be no greater than thirteen and decrease it to no fewer than five.
ASMSU Justices shall:
- Uphold the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
- Interpret the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
- Attend all meetings of the ASMSU 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;
- Fulfill the duties set forth by the ASMSU Bylaws.
Judicial powers of ASMSU shall be vested in the ASMSU Supreme Court. All final appeals of
ASMSU members shall be heard before the ASMSU Supreme Court as outlined in the ASMSU
Voting Members XIV-iv
The voting membership of the ASMSU Supreme Court shall be comprised of a set number of
ASMSU Justices outlined in the Bylaws.
Each ASMSU Justice shall have one vote.
In the case of vacancy of an ASMSU Justice position, it will be filled as described in section XIV-i.
Following appointment, an ASMSU Justice shall be permitted to serve as long as they meet the qualifications described in the ASMSU Bylaws and remain anASMSU member, as defined in article III.
ARTICLE XV. CHIEF JUSTICE
There shall be an ASMSU Chief Justice appointed from the membership of the ASMSU Supreme Court by the ASMSU President, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the
The ASMSU Chief Justice shall:
- Chair meetings of the ASMSU Supreme Court;
- Chair meetings of the ASMSU Senate during hearings regarding impeachment and removal of ASMSU Officials, excluding those of the ASMSU Supreme Court;
- Hold custody of the current and all previous versions of the ASMSU Constitution and Bylaws;
- Deliver the Oath of Office to all incoming ASMSU Officials, excluding those of the ASMSU Supreme Court;
- Fulfill the duties set forth in the ASMSU Bylaws.
ARTICLE XVI. INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL
All ASMSU elected and appointed positions shall be installed after taking the oath of office.
The oath shall be:
“In all sincerity, I do hereby pledge myself to the Associated Students of Montana State University, to vote and act at all times in the best interest of the student body, to support the ASMSU Constitution, and to do nothing which shall be in violation of the trust imposed in the office.”
Impeachment and Removal XVI-ii
In addition to the Student power to recall ASMSU Officials described in section IV-v, the ASMSU Senate shall have right to remove any ASMSU Official. An ASMSU Official shall be removed from office if, at least one week following the passage of an impeachment resolution of the Official in question, two-thirdsmajority of the total voting membership of the ASMSU Senate votes to remove the Official.