SGA to vote on reapportioning House seats Tuesday

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    Student Government Association’s (SGA) Elections & Regulations committee is ready to present a new reapportioning of House seats bill for Tuesday’s SGA meeting.

    The new bill intends to apportion representative seating in proportion to the number of students that are in each college.

    The Elections & Regulations committee failed to pass a similar bill last week due to “misunderstandings, mathematical errors, and dislike of Honor’s college representation,” said Luke Erwin, Elections & Regulations committee chair.

    First-year Addran representative Ben Taylor said he did not vote for the reapportion bill last week due to mathematical errors and lack of clarity with the supplemental documents.

    Here is a document that was shown but had mathematical errors.

    Erwin said the mathematical errors were not relevant to the numbers to reapportion the colleges but did confuse many voters.

    “[They] ended up figuring out where the discrepancy came from, but at the time that was an issue for me,” Taylor said after the last week’s SGA meeting.

    Erwin said the new bill would be presented clearly and without mathematical errors at this weeks meeting.

    There are 48 representative seats divided by eight colleges, according to a supplemental document of the new bill. Here is a graph of how the eight colleges are currently represented.

    The new bill would lower the number of Honors College representatives from six to five and would raise the number of Nursing and Health Science representatives from six to seven.

    Here is what the Elections & Regulations committee proposes the number of seats allotted should be.

    “Many people struggle with the idea that the Honors College is awarded such a large number of seats since Honors students are already represented by their respective Schools,” Erwin said. “My committee agrees that this is an issue, but we recognize that whoever created the current system did so for a reason.”

    The Elections & Regulations committee based their revised bill off these statistics of the student body.

    Here are TCU’s numbers for students in each college, according to TCU’s quick fact sheet.

    The elections and regulations committee is also proposing an election code for approval. If the code is not voted for, then elections will not happen this semester.

    “There should be no reason for people not to vote for this as it is practically the same as the codes of previous years,” Erwin said. “We are on deadline but I am sure this will pass.”

    “Everything must follow each other by two weeks. Elections have to be done two weeks before finals, campaigning must start two weeks before elections, filing must start two weeks before campaigning, and now we must approve this code and this bill.”

    A timeline of the Elections & Regulations committee’s events can be found here.