House of Representatives adopts resolution to examine assistance for SGA campaign finances

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    Students interested in running for an officer position in the Student Government Association could qualify for financial help in the future.

    Members of the House of Student Representatives adopted a resolution Tuesday that would examine whether or not it would be possible to fund a needs-based financial aid program for student body officer candidates, according to the legislation.

    The resolution was adopted by an 81 percent to 16 percent margin with 3 percent of members not voting.

    University financial aid documents will be accessed to determine if a candidate is in need of financial assistance for their campaign, said Academic Affair Committee Chair Ryan Tiglas.

    The spending limit for a student body officer campaign is $500, according to the legislation. Candidates in competitive races have spending needs that include but are not limited to lawn signs, buttons, stickers and shirts.

    In the past, candidates have spent close to the spending limit, according to the legislation.

    The legislation stated that to have fair and competitive campaigns, candidates should not be hindered by the amount they are able to spend.

    There is currently no system for potential candidates to receive any kind of financial aid according to the legislation. The financial aid program is said to begin next semester.

    In other news: SGA also passed the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year by a 92 percent to 5 percent margin and approved funding for the 2013-2014 sessions of theCrew Academy by a 63 percent to 24 percent margin.

    To cover theCrew Academy funds, House will provide $2,400 from their budget via a departmental transfer to recover the cost incurred by the Student Activities Department for four sessions of the Academy according to the legislation.

    During meeting, House members also discussed a resolution to prohibit the use of cell phones during House sessions to limit distractions from the legislative process. The bill was not approved by a 45 percent to 53 percent margin.