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The ASWSU Senate unanimously passed the final bill that modifies the student government’s bylaws at their Wednesday meeting.
Bill 41-23, the By-Law Consistency and Efficiency Amendment Part 8, is the last part in a year-long process to make the bylaws easier to read and understand. Part 8 specifically deals with committee guidelines such as how to become a committee and how to fund a committee.
“Coming in it was frustrating to see the bylaws and see how contradictory they were and how wordy they were,” District 6 Sen. Joey Pacific said. “So I took on this project at the beginning of the year and I know that they have become simpler and easier to read and that means easier to follow and easier for students to hold their leaders accountable.”
Pacific said he hopes with clearer bylaws that the next senate will be able to have a better understanding of what their job and purpose are in serving students.
“It’s been a long process,” Pacific said, “and I am proud, I did a good job, and we did a good job as a senate. I think it shows a great dedication, which I’m really proud of myself because I came in wanting to do this and now it’s finished.”
Senate Pro-Tempore Derrick Skaug expressed his feelings about Bill 41-23 after the meeting.
“It’s nice that the bylaws'grammar and writing is clean,” Skaug said. “So it’s nice to see that we as a senate have addressed that issue.”
Most of the changes made to the bylaws have been rewriting the old content in a more efficient way, he said. The most important issue concerning the bylaws is not how they are written, but that they are followed, he said.
“Senates down the road will most likely write a bill that will change one section of the bylaws without knowing that that same section is referenced or talked about later on in the bylaws,” Skaug said.
Keeping the bylaws consistent is a philosophy that should be at the forefront of each senate, he said. The bylaws will be left in their changed condition for future senates to modify as they see fit, he said.
“We will see the bylaws continue to evolve,” Skaug said. “That’s a fact of life.”
District 1 Sen. Angie Agliam said she is glad the rewriting is complete.
“We’ve been working really hard,"she said,"especially considering the fact that we’re restructuring and redistricting all of the senate representations.”
Agliam said as part of the Internal Affairs Committee she helped in the rewriting of bylaws as the bills were sent to the committee. The process has been long and tedious and the committee is relieved that it is done, she said.
“This is my first year being in senate,” Agliam said. “So reading bylaws were not in my forte. I couldn’t understand a lot of language, but now as all of them are rewritten it’s clearer and it’s straight to the point instead of all these weird worded sentences and language.”
She said hopefully more people in ASWSU and around campus will understand the bylaws now, especially individuals that do not have experience in any branch of student government.
“So hopefully it will really get to benefit those who are running (for office) and those who are interested,” Agliam said.