ASUC Senate passes changes to election campaign finance bylaws at special senate meeting

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The ASUC held a special senate meeting Sunday, at which senators passed changes to the ASUC elections campaign finance bylaws.

At the meeting, Chief Legal Officer Claire Goudy walked the senate through some changes to a resolution editing the ASUC election campaign bylaws. The edits mainly concerned aligning the campaign finance reporting timeline with elections landmark dates, such as the Mandatory Elections Meeting, according to Goudy.

“We wanted to take another look at it to make sure we had all the deadlines aligned,” Goudy said. “The Elections Council has to work on it from the back end, so if these deadlines weren’t aligned, then that would make the work a lot harder on them.”

Originally, two resolutions — one supporting the repeal of Proposition 209 and another condemning the findings of the University of Southern California report that gave UC Berkeley the lowest “equity index score” among the UC campuses — were also on the agenda. Both were tabled by Senator Amir Wright, according to Executive Vice President Hung Huynh, because Wright wanted to put the resolutions through committee before going to the senate.

The senate also saw the list of senators who will be part of the Inter-Semester Committee, a group of senators who meet during semester breaks. According to Huynh, the senate had to view the Inter-Semester Committee membership list so the committee could meet during winter break.

Sunday’s meeting was a special meeting, called to order by Huynh in order to “finish pending business before the Fall 2018 semester comes to a close,” according to the public notice email.

According to Huynh, the campaign finance resolution, the two tabled resolutions and the Inter-Semester Committee member list were the three primary reasons why the special meeting was called.

“We had a special meeting because people wanted to call for it, and there was certain legislation that they wanted passed,” Huynh said.

Sakura Cannestra is the lead student government reporter. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @SakuCannestra.