CUSG Legislation

Check back here to stay up-to-date on the activities of your Graduate School Co-Senators in the CUSG Legislative Council.  If you have any opinion on upcoming legislation, or have legislation of your own that you'd like to propose, we'd love to hear from you! Contact your Co-Senators at uggsinfo@colorado.edu.

The Council meets every Thursday at 7pm.  Meeting agenda items will be posted as soon as we receive them, typically on Wednesdays.  Note that items on "second reading" will be subject to a final vote during this week's meeting (so speak up quickly, if you have an opinion).  Items on "first reading" are up for a vote to proceed to second reading, and so will not be subject to a final vote until next week.

 


This Week: Meeting #3, Session 86 (Thursday, Dec. 1st, 7pm in UMC 247)

First Reading:

86LCB-01: "A Bill to create a student government marketing logo".  This bill amends earlier legislation to create a new Student Government logo for approved use on promotional materials.  10/27: this bill was originally introduced under the designation 85LCB-10, and was rejected on second reading (see notes below under Meeting 18, Session 85).

86LCB-02: "A Bill to Transition the Start Date of the Homecoming Chair Position".  This bill would designate early Spring semester as the start date for the executive staff member tasked with planning homecoming. (The position currently begins Fall semester, leaving inadequate time to plan events.)

Ratification of Appointments: the Council will consider all of the following Joint Board Appointments:

  • Rep. Carter Mateer, for SOAC Board Member
  • Rep. Jesse Niebaum, for Recreation Board Member
  • Rep. Aidan Goldstein, for Cultural Events Board Member
  • Rep. Lucas Larson, for Finance Board Member
  • Rep. Austin Rugh, for UMC Board Member
  • Rep. Alec Havey, for Environmental Board Member

 


Results from Meeting #2, Session 86 (Thursday, Nov. 17th, 7pm in UMC 247)

No legislation on the agenda.

Ratification of Appointments: the Council confirmed all of the following executive appointments:

  • Linnea Chesman, for History Project Administrator (a project to document the history of CUSG and organize its archives)
  • Jared Moya, for Executive Aide to Student Affairs
  • Leanne Sigman, for Executive Aide to Internal Affairs
  • Lindsay Nichols, for Executive Aide to External Affairs

Election of Officers: Due to a bylaw violation involved in the previous week's Council President election (candidates cannot be elected by plurality, only outright majority), a new election was required.  Rep. Havey again won and will continue to serve as President.

 


Results from Meeting #20, Session 85/Meeting #1, Session 86 (Thursday, Nov. 10th, 7pm in UMC 247)

No legislation on the agenda.

Ratification of Appointment: the Council confirmed Merrick Chely as an Appellate Court Justice.

Ratification of new staff position: the Council approved the Tri-Execs' request to create a new Executive Aide position to assist in coordinating the activities of the Tri-Execs.  This will be a paid, part-time (estimated 10 hours/week) position open to any fee-paying student.  There will be one aide for each Executive, appointments subject to ratification by the Council.

Swearing-in of new Representatives: After Meeting 20 completed, the first meeting of the 86th Session was held in order to inaugurate the newly elected Representatives, including our own Rep. Jesse Niebaum!

Election of Officers: Rep. Alec Havey was elected to serve as Legislative Council President for the 86th Session.  Sen. Amanda Miller was re-elected and will continue as Vice President.

 


Results from Meeting #19, Session 85 (Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 7pm in UMC 247)

No legislation on the agenda.

Ratification of Appointment: Serene Singh was ratified as an Appellate Court Justice.  Co-Senators supported.

 


Results from Meeting #18, Session 85 (Thursday, Oct. 27th, 7pm in UMC 247)

Rejected on Second Reading:  85LCB10: "A Bill to create a student government marketing logo".  This bill amends earlier legislation to create a new Student Government logo for approved use on promotional materials.  Oct. 13: Approved on first reading by roll call: 9 in favor, 5 against, 4 abstaining.  Co-Senators opposed, due to new logo's lack of focus group testing and material prototyping.  Oct. 20: Second reading postponed until concerns can be addressed.  Oct. 27: Due to persistence of concerns, rejected on second reading by roll call: 4 in favor, 8 against, 5 abstaining (1 formally). Co-Senators opposed.  This legislation cannot be brought up again until Session 86 (after the election).

Ratification of Finance Board Bylaws: the Council will hold a hearing on the Finance Board's proposed updates to their bylaws.  The major changes include:

  • Improved training requirements for Board members, bringing the bylaws into compliance with broader University policies.
  • Clarifies that certain funded bodies directly within CUSG (SOAC, CCS, Rep. Council, and the Distinguished Speakers Board) may retain autonomous fund balances across the turn of the fiscal year.
  • Clarifies that Finance Board has oversight of funding decisions made by the new Energy Climate Fund (which issues one-time grants for campus sustainability projects).

Oct. 27: Ratified unanimously by roll call vote.  Co-Senators supported.

 


Results from Meeting #17, Session 85 (Thursday, Oct. 20th, 7pm in UMC 247)

Approved on Second Reading:

85LCR04: "Support for Free, Equitable Health Supplies".  This resolution calls on the University administration to make tampons and pads available free of charge in the restrooms of all major buildings on campus.  Oct. 13: Approved on first reading by acclamation (Co-Senators supported).  Oct. 20: Amended to begin the initiative with a pilot program in the Rec Center.  Approved on second reading by acclamation (Co-Senators supported).

85LCR05: "Support for University of Colorado's Restorative Justice Program".  CURJ is an alternative justice program for dealing with student-committed nonviolent minor misdemeanors without the necessity of sentencing through the criminal justice system.  This resolution calls on the University to ensure students are informed of this option, and calls on the Boulder Police and CUPD to refer elegible cases to the CURJ program whenever possible.  Oct. 13: Approved on first reading by acclamation (Co-Senators supported).  Oct. 20: Approved on second reading by acclamation (Co-Senators supported).