Landgraf introduces bills for Class Pass, campus wellness services

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The Class Pass referendum, SB 124, is in support of renewing a semesterly fee that would allow students to continue to have unlimited access to AC Transit and Bear Transit services.

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ASUC President Connor Landgraf introduced two ballot initiatives at the ASUC Senate meeting Wednesday night, addressing both a renegotiated contract with AC Transit and a proposed a fee raise to increase campus fitness and wellness services.

The Class Pass referendum, SB 124, is in support of renewing a semesterly fee that would allow students to continue to have unlimited access to AC Transit and Bear Transit services. If passed by the senate, the referendums will be placed on the ballot for students to vote on during the upcoming spring elections from April 9 to 11.

The referendum comes after the initial referendum was disqualified from passing last spring due to misleading election ballot language. If passed, this new referendum will offer a less expensive fee than last spring’s, effective during the fall 2013 semester.

The fee will charge $4.50 less than the per semester fee from 2012 for the first three years, an increase to $76 for the fourth and fifth years and another increase to $80 for the sixth and seventh years, according to the meeting agenda.

“(Connor and I) were especially careful,” said External Affairs Vice President Shahryar Abbasi.“We got the language approved by University of California Office of the President, so there is no worry on that end.”

Landgraf’s other bill, SB 125, a bill in support of the Fitness and Wellness Referendum, would raise funds to finance construction and operations of the Wellness Center and new Memorial Stadium Fitness Center. It would also eliminate the $10 per semester RecSports membership fee. The fee would begin in fall 2013 at an initial level of $40 per semester and would increase at regular intervals over the next 10 years.

Under the Wellness and Fitness referendum, University Health Services and the Recreational Sports Facility will be able to offer services like a climbing wall and health and well-being classes.

Though Student Action Senator Mihir Deo said he likes the idea of having more campus health services,  he worries that the combination of the B.E.A.R.S. initiative, initiated in 2010 to fund Lower Sproul construction, and the Fitness and Wellness referendum will charge students too many fees at the same time.

“Right now, I am not really keen on voting for it,” Deo said. “By my calculations before adjusted for inflation, (students) would pay $608 for the B.E.A.R.S. Referendum and Fitness and Wellness fee in 2017 through 2018 in combination.”

However, Landgraf said he has faith the bills will be voted on by the senate.

“(The senate) has been talking about (the referendums) for quite a while,” Landgraf said. “I brought it up almost every week throughout the fall semester and spring semester, so this is kind of a culmination of efforts.”

The referendums are to be discussed by the senate at an ASUC committee meeting on Monday.

 

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Clarification(s):
A previous version of this article may have implied that the ASUC Senate would be voting to pass the referendums into effect. In fact, the senate will be voting to place them on the ballot for students to vote on.