SGA holds first reading of allocations bill, hears organizations’ appeals

BY CORIE LYNN

Each spring semester, FHSU’s Student Government Association undertakes the allocations process. Through this process, the SGA distributes yearly funding to campus student organizations.

This past Thursday, the SGA gave the first reading of the allocations bill and allowed representatives of the student organizations to appeal for more funding.

During this time, members of the Hispanic-American Leadership Organization, the Student Affairs Graduate Association and Sigma Tau Delta all appealed for higher funding.

Following this reading, the SGA held second readings of the Educational Opportunity Fund bill, which distributes funding to non-student campus organizations, and a resolution formally recognizing Women’s History Month on campus.

Both the bill and the resolution passed.

Apart from this business, the SGA also heard reports from its executive staff and several of its committees.

President Haley Reiter and Vice President Bryson Homman each reported that the intent-to-run forms for SGA’s spring elections are now live on TigerLink.

Reiter also informed the group that she held a roundtable discussion earlier in the week, during which time she discussed the topic of the newly lifted Hays mask mandate. She reminded the student senators that the University still has precautions in place and that students must still do their part.

“This is just a reminder that masks are still required on campus,” she said.

Treasurer David Schulte used his time to explain how the first reading of the allocations bill would work that evening, and Legislative Affairs Director Crystal Rojas encouraged the student senators to ask questions as needed.

Community Relations Director Jayden Siebert reported to the group that the sign-up for the Big Event is now live. She will also be encouraging virtual students to participate by volunteering in their communities then submit pictures of themselves at work.

Committee reports came from the Appropriations, Legislative and Political Action and Senate Affairs committees.

Appropriations stated that it is working to replenish the appropriations fund, which is available to student organizations for activity funding throughout the year.

LPAC undertook fee reviews during the week, and Senate Affairs undertook bylaw reviews.

Following the reports, the SGA inducted Riana Mays as a student senator representing the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

With no further business, the meeting came to a close.

The Student Government Association will reconvene at 6:30 p.m., Mar. 18 in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. During this meeting, they will vote on the allocations bill.

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