SGA Proposes Amendment
by Gina Starfield on Monday, April 9th, 2012
The Self-Governing Association (SGA) Council has decided to propose an amendment before the student body in an effort to change the process by which amendments are passed the future. The amendment will establish SGA bylaws so that future amendments will not need to be voted on by the entire school. The issue arose when addressing the current Head Monitor election process.
In the current SGA constitution, there are no guidelines as to the nature of Head Monitor elections. The rules of the elections have never been formalized but rather dictated by Mr. Heard based on past elections. The election usually takes place in two rounds. All candidates address the school during round one, the school votes in an online ballot, and the top three males and females move on to round two, where they give a more in-depth speech.
This year, SGA hopes to standardize the election process. Molly Gilmore (I) explains that she would like to “make the process more consistent year to year so that there is no question in how the elections should be run.”
In the wake of last year’s Head Monitor elections, where only one female candidate did not move on to the second round of the elections out of a total of four female candidates, the new rules surrounding elections will be more specific and accommodating to all types of situations. Many students felt that eliminating only one person from the race was unfair and cruel.
Thus, the new rules that SGA hopes to implement are as follows: If there are four male or female candidates running, only the top two will move on to round two. If there are five male or female candidates running, three will move on to the second round. If three or less candidates are running, there will not be a second round. Furthermore, the process for boys and girls can be independent of one another, depending on the number of boys and girls running respectively.
Looking to change the election process brought the SGA Council to another issue. As it stands in the SGA Constitution, “The constitution will be ratified by two-thirds majority vote of the S.G.A. council and a majority vote of the association,” or in other words, an amendment must first receive a 2/3 majority vote from the SGA council and then be presented to the entire school (association).
Once presented to the entire school, the amendment must be voted on and receive a majority in order to be implemented.SGA hopes to pass bylaws that help alleviate the process of passing an amendment.
Specifically, by removing the requirement that all amendments must be voted on by the entire student body, they seek to streamline the way in which those amendments — especially ones dealing with minor or uncontroversial changes — get passed.
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