On Saturday, ASUC President Yordanos Dejen issued the first presidential veto of her term on a resolution to establish a working group aimed at making BART transportation more accessible to students, returning it back to the ASUC Senate floor for further consideration.
Dejen, in a written veto letter, addressed the representation of undergraduate and graduate students on the working group, suggesting that the ASUC external affairs vice president and Graduate Assembly external affairs vice president or their designees co-chair. Dejen also recommended outlining in the bill the members of the group who would have voting power.
The resolution was first passed in a 10-9 vote Wednesday. Student Action Senator Andre Luu drafted the resolution to establish the working group, which would explore the possibility of a BART student discount.
According to the current resolution, the working group would consist of UC Berkeley’s transportation planner and its director of parking and transportation, a graduate student and City Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin, among others. The ASUC executive vice president would appoint a senator to chair the working group, with consent from the senate.
“All of my suggestions are minute, but they will have a direct impact on the legitimacy of ASUC bills to make them more valued,” Dejen said.