The Associated Students of CSU Senate and its judicial branch
are in disagreement concerning amendments to the 2004 election
rules. These disagreements allegedly led to threats of impeachment
from supreme court justices.
Jason Huitt, speaker pro tempore of the senate, said supreme
court justices approached both him and Marisa Adelman before the
ASCSU meeting last Wednesday where the election rules bill was
“(Justice Brian Hardouin) informed me that if he were in my
shoes, he would remove his support from the bill,” said Adelman, a
senator for the College of Natural Science. “They think that
consequences will come from problems that are likely to arise when
the students find out.”
Adelman said she heard Hardouin speaking with another senator
about the bill later that evening.
“I overheard him say that impeachment for supporters of the bill
was a possibility,” she said. “It certainly wasn’t a friendly
confrontation. It was a ‘you need to be running from this. We don’t
support this and you shouldn’t either.'”
Both Hardouin and Sara Stieben, chief justice of the supreme
court, declined to comment on these statements.
The amendments would affect spending limits for candidates.
Right now, although the spending limit is $3,000, candidates can
receive and spend up to $12,000 in donations, Huitt said. The bill
proposes setting the limit at $3,000 regardless of the money’s
Last year, a bill concerning a candidate’s grade point average
was passed after students began submitting applications to run for
office. The ASCSU Supreme Court deemed this passage after election
packets had been made available to be unconstitutional.
For this reason, the court advised the ASCSU Senate Wednesday
that any bill regarding election rules passed after packets were
available could receive a similar ruling if brought before the
“Both deal with making changes to election bylaws,” Stieben
Lisa Doosenbury, a justice on the ASCSU Supreme Court, said the
problem was not with the bill’s content but with it being passed
after election packets were made available.
“According to our ruling from last year, we ruled that once the
applications and packets were published for candidates to fill out
to declare their candidacy, that you could not change the bylaws at
that time,” Stieben said.
Some senators believe this bill is different.
“This year, there is no documentation (available) mentioning
anything about the spending limit or how to treat donations,” Huitt
said. Last year, applicants were told they needed only a 2.0 GPA.
This was raised to a 2.25 after the 2.0 requirement was already on
This year the election rules have not yet been made available to
applicants, but applications have been.
Whether this fact changes the legal nature of the amendments has
yet to be seen.
“That would have to be determined through a case. Somebody has
to ask us that question,” Stienben said. “Technically we can’t rule
specifically on that issue unless it’s brought before us.”