SGA introduces tobacco ban, privilege fee expenditures

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The Student Governing Association introduced several pieces of legislation covering a tobacco ban and over $1.7 million of privilege fees at its Thursday meeting.

A resolution in support of a complete smoke and tobacco ban on campus was introduced. The resolution, which was discussed during a live forum Tuesday, would serve as a recommendation to President Kirk Schulz.

Three bills were introduced concerning privilege fees.

The operations budget for the K-State Student Union would have a 1 percent increase to $1,716,698 for fiscal year 2017 and drop back down to $1,698,711 for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. SGA decided on the increase because the Union’s utilities expenses have increased due to the construction while revenue has dropped due to less business.

A continuance of the Union reserve and replacement privilege fee of $25,000 was introduced for fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019.

SGA introduced the creation of the Student Design Center privilege fee of $65,000 for fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Several student organizations received allocation funding from SGA.

The allocations included $800 for the Kappa Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, $1,000 for the Milling Science Club, $1,254.93 for the Harry Potter Alliance, $3,110 for On the Spot Improv Club, $500 for the American Choral Directors Association, $830 for the Vietnamese Student Association, $1,000 for the Black Student Union, $1,000 for the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, $1,000 for LGBT and Allies and $1,010 for the K-State Meat Science Association.

Derek Jackson and John Backwater, co-chairs of the Strategic Enrollment Management Task Force, gave SGA an update on the work of the task force. They said the job of the task force is to come up with goals for the next five years’ worth of enrollment, but not to determine policy. They plan to have recommendations by the end of the semester.

SGA commended Zelia Wiley, interim associate provost for diversity. Andy Hurtig, senior in accounting, congratulated Brodie Herrman, senior in political science, for Lifeline 911 passing the Kansas legislature. Herman was the author of the bill.

Senators discussed amendments to the graduate student council elections statutes and bylaws. They would drop the number of SGA seats allocated to graduate students from seven to three and add an appointed position on the executive committee for a graduate student.

SGA made amendments to bylaws concerning the chair of the Student Engagement Committee and the Senate Intern Program.

SGA introduced the creation of the Student Senate Special Committee on Student Body President and Student Vice President Elections to investigate if election policies should be changed.

Amendments were introduced to the concerning allocation and appointments of veterinary medicine student senators.

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Jason Tidd
Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.