The Associated Students of CSU unanimously voted on legislation Wednesday night that lowered the amount of money student organizations may receive from the Student Funding Board from $20,000 to $15,000.
The legislation goes into effect in the 2011-12 academic year.
â€œI think that was a poor move on Senateâ€™s part,â€ ASCSU president-elect Eric Berlinberg said. â€œI think there should have been a clause that had the start date be sometime later than the fall.â€
Senate also voted on the Long Bill for a second time â€“â€“ due to procedural rules â€“â€“ passing it in a 16-6-5 vote.
â€œItâ€™s a good feeling knowing itâ€™s going to get done for sure,â€ ASCSU President Cooper Anderson said.
The Long Bill â€“â€“ the proposed student fee increase package â€“â€“ includes two increases in student fees. One is a sexual assault fee of $4 that will create a new position for a male ally in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, as well as promote sexual assault education and awareness. The other is a Lory Student Center fee of $70 that will fund the renovations of the student center.
Josh Shaughnessy, a senator for the College of Business, was one of six senators who voted against the fee package.
â€œI wasnâ€™t satisfied with the amount of facts provided for the justification,â€ he said.
He also said that students he talked to in the College of Business seemed fairly split between supporting and opposing the bill, and other College of Business senators were voting yes.
â€œThe students who werenâ€™t in favor of it needed a voice, too,â€ he said.
_ASCSU Beat Reporter Courtney Riley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. _