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Press Clipping: SGA plans to hire a consultant to aid them amend the constitution
This article about ASGA consulting with an SGA appeared in the campus newspaper at Florida International University.

SGA plans to hire a consultant to aid them amend the constitution
By David Barrios / Senior Staff Writer
Published January 23, 2009 at 09:53 PM

Amendments to revise the economic and voting codes are among the changes that Student Government Association is considering to implement in its constitution this semester.

In an interview earlier this month, Jean Roseme, speaker of the senate for the Student Government Council at University Park, told The Beacon that changes would be seen in the election and financial codes of the SGA constitution.

Among the changes discussed was the addition of political parties into the senate election system.

There is speculation a consultant will be hired to aid SGA in the amendment process.

"I spoke with Butch Oxendine, CEO of American Student Government Association and, most likely, a colleague of his, whose specialty is in constitutional review, will be our consultant for the proposed constitutional changes," said Arthur J. Meyer, SGC-UP president during a meeting of the executive branch on Jan. 21. "Considering that the changes are so large and we are presenting them to the student body, we should have a professional opinion."

The ASGA is a professional organization consisting of former SGA members and experts from various universities who aid student governments across the country.

"They oversee student governments [and] do a lot of consulting and conferences to improve the function of SGAs all over the country," Roseme said. "They provide us with a lot of guidance."

During the same meeting, Meyer called for members of the judiciary branch to review the constitution and look for any issues worth reviewing for possible amending.

"We're talking to [consultants] at the moment. However, there hasn't been any cost as of yet," Roseme said. "We understand the kind of year it is. We wouldn't spend the money if we felt we didn't need to."

Roseme said in an earlier interview that the financial codes should "be more transparent and allocate the fees more efficiently ... The students trust us [SGA] with a lot of money and the codes haven't been revised in a while."

However, no specific changes have been officially outlined. A scheduled meeting on Jan. 23 to discuss proposed changes between SGC-UP and SGC-BBC was postponed until a later date.

The constitution was already amended during the previous election in April 2008.

Change was made in relation to the amount of seats available in the senate, from one representative seat for each college in the body to a representational system in which each college earns the amount of seats based on the number of students in the school.

"We're always looking to improve ourselves," Roseme said. "The outlook is to improve – to change, but always for the better."

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