ASMSU 2020-B-12



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ASMSU Senate Speaker



ASMSU President


Effective Date:            __________________

Sponsor:                     Kacie Cummings

Co-Sponsors:            Rachel Schmidt

                                    Lauren O’Neill

                                    Kassidy Lywandowsky


Vote Required:          Majority


Sections: XVIII-i through XXIII


Intent: To improve structure and clarify language in articles XVIII through XXIII.




General XVII-i

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 or its campus partners.


Finance Board XVII-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 and make budgetary recommendations in accordance with the Bylaws. ASMSU Finance Board members shall serve a term of one year, coinciding with the academic year.


Funded Organizations XVII-iii

For an organization to receive funds annually from ASMSU, the organization must be a recognized operation or campus partner of ASMSU.


Senate Fiscal Powers XVII-iv

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 overrule all budgetary recommendations.




Operating Funds XVIII-i

ASMSU shall have an Operating Fund, which consists of total annual projected activity fee revenues. The Operating Fund shall be used to finance annual operating expenses of ASMSU. Appropriations shall be made annually.


Reserve Fund XVIII-ii

ASMSU shall have a Reserve Fund, which consists of a percentage of the Operating Fund, as outlined in the Bylaws. The Reserve Fund shall be used to finance unforeseen costs of an unusual, extraordinary, or expensive nature. If the Reserve Fund drops below its specified amount, it must be replenished within three years.


Supplemental Fund XVIII-iii

ASMSU shall have a Supplemental Fund, derived from the Operating Fund, consisting of a specified amount determined by the ASMSU Senate during the annual budgeting session. The Supplemental Fund shall be used to fund ASMSU activities and programs that the ASMSU Senate believes will substantially benefit or support ASMSU members.


Presidential Discretionary Fund XVIII-iv

ASMSU shall have a Presidential Discretionary Fund consisting of a portion of the annual projected activity fee revenues, as defined in the ASMSU Bylaws. It shall exist to finance all matters deemed worthy by the ASMSU President. All expenditures shall be reported to the ASMSU Senate following the expenditure. Unspent monies in the ASMSU Presidential Discretionary Fund shall roll over into the Reserve Fund at the end of the term of the ASMSU President.




General XIX-i

The ASMSU Constitution shall outline the general rules and operations of ASMSU. ASMSU Officials, duties, programs, and operations shall be further outlined in the ASMSU Bylaws. If the two documents are found to be in conflict, the ASMSU Constitution shall take precedence. It is the duty of the ASMSU Supreme Court, as outlined in section XIV-ii, to interpret these governing documents.


Constitutional Amendments XIX-ii

Amendments to the ASMSU Constitution may be proposed by a bill of the ASMSU Senate or by the Student ballot initiative and referendum processes described in sections IV-iii and IV-iv, respectively. If passed by a majority vote of the ASMSU Senate and ratified by a majority of Student voters, the amendment shall be become part of the ASMSU Constitution effective immediately.


Bylaw Amendments XIX-iii

Amendments to the ASMSU Bylaws may be implemented by a bill passed by the ASMSU Senate or by the Student ballot initiative and referendum processes described in sections IV-iii and IV-iv, respectively.



A resolution is a formal statement of the ASMSU Senate that expresses a desire, opinion, sympathy, or request. A resolution does not have the force of law. Resolutions require a majority vote of the ASMSU Senate to be passed.


XXI. ELECTIONAll Students registered for one or more credit shall be permitted to vote in any ASMSU election.