A.S. Council to revise Constitution, bylaws

    The A.S. Council unanimously passed legislation to create an A.S. Constitution and Bylaw Revisions Committee on Jan. 8. The committee will be asked to “”evaluate the current structure of the A.S. Constitution and bylaws [and] determine what changes are necessary and beneficial to the Council.””

    According to its charter, submitted by A.S. Council President Jenn Brown, the committee may also “”discuss any additional changes to the governing documents that may benefit the UCSD population as a whole.””

    “”The campus is growing tremendously,”” Brown said. “”We want to make sure that A.S. is doing everything it can to be structured to represent the student body the best.””

    Specifically, the committee will compare current A.S. Council practices with the text of its governing documents, namely the A.S. Constitution, which defines the membership, policies and powers of the A.S. Council, and its bylaws that supplement the Constitution.

    “”There are potential changes in a lot of areas,”” Brown said.

    The voting bloc of the committee will be composed of five to seven members of the A.S. Senate, two to four members of the A.S. Cabinet and the Vice President Internal, who will serve as committee chair and cast a vote only in case of a tie. Voting members will be internally elected “”within their respective group.”” All other members of the A.S. Council will be non-voting members of the committee.

    The chair will arrange for the committee’s meetings and collect “”any information asked to be collected by the group.””

    A recording genius will also be elected internally to take minutes at meetings and start an official file containing all documents collected and reviewed by the committee.

    The committee is required to submit a written report of their findings to the A.S. Council by seventh week of winter quarter.

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