2020-B-05 Membership and Student Power AMENDED
Sponsor: Ambika Murali
Co-Sponsors: Kacie Cummings
Vote Required: Majority
Sections: III through IV-v
Intent: To update membership qualifications and more clearly outline the power students hold to influence legislation and recall Officials.
ARTICLE III: QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
An ASMSU member shall be defined as any Student paying the Student Activity Fee. A Student shall be defined as anyone currently enrolled at Montana State University-Bozeman.
ARTICLE IV: STUDENT POWER
Request for Senate Meeting IV-i
A petition stating the subject to be considered and bearing the signatures of at least two percent of the Student body is required to request a special meeting of the ASMSU Senate. All petitions must be filed with the ASMSU Senate Speaker, who will verify the above requirements have been met and coordinate the meeting of the ASMSU Senate.
Student Bill and Resolution Request IV-ii
Student bill and resolution forms will be made available by ASMSU. Completed forms shall be submitted to the ASMSU Senate Speaker, who shall review the form and seek out an ASMSU Senator to sponsor the bill or resolution. The ASMSU Senator shall be responsible for coordinating with the Student(s) to write the bill or resolution and for securing the required number of ASMSU Senators to be cosponsors. If no Senator is interested in being the sponsor, Students are encouraged to submit legislation through the Student Ballot Initiative process, as described in section IV-iii.
Student Ballot Initiative IV-iii
Students may propose resolutions and enact ASMSU Constitutional and Bylaw amendments by initiative petition on all matters pertaining to ASMSU and the Student body. These petitions must contain the full text of the proposed amendment or resolution and be signed by at least four percent of the Student body. All initiative petitions must be filed with the ASMSU Senate Speaker, who will work with the ASMSU Chief Justice to verify the above requirements have been met. Initiative petitions must be filed at least 30 days prior to the earliest general election. Upon verification, the initiative petition will be voted on by the Student body during the general election.
Students may approve or reject any bill or resolution of ASMSU by referendum, with the exception of monetary appropriations. A referendum may be ordered either upon a majority vote of the ASMSU Senate or upon a petition signed by at least four percent of the Student body. Referendum petitions must contain the full text of the bill or resolution and be filed with and approved by the ASMSU Senate Speaker no later than three months after the bill or resolution was passed or failed by the ASMSU Senate.
Recall ASMSU Officials IV-v
Students have the power to recall any ASMSU Official. A petition for recall must name the Official whose removal is requested and be signed by at least five percent of the Student body. This petition must be submitted to the ASMSU Chief Justice, who will verify the above requirements have been met. A special election considering the question of the petition must be conducted within three weeks of the petition’s submission. A simple majority of the votes in this election will remove the Official in question.