29F-20: Committee Assignment, Freshman District, and Amendment Procedure Act Rules Chair Nicholas Oo (Leverett â€™13) UC Vice President Eric Hysen â€˜11
TITLE I: Restructuring of Committee Assignments Whereas the current system of committee assignments only allows one representative from the same district to belong to the same primary committee, Whereas the current system intends to balance the preferences of different districts on each committee to promote the general interests of the student body, Whereas the current system impedes the Councilâ€™s ability to allocate the interests and talents of its representatives effectively, Whereas the Council must find a solution between fair representation and effective allocation of interests and talents of its representatives, Be it therefore resolved that Section 1 of Article III of the Constitution be amended in the following fashion: Section 1. Committees. There shall be five standing committees: Finance, Student Life, Education, Student Initiatives, and Student Relations. All issues and policy matters shall fall into the appropriate committee (and consequent subcommittee) jurisdiction. Each representative must sit on one of these committees, referred to as his or her primary committee. Representatives may choose to sit on a second of these committees, referred to as their secondary committees. No more than two representatives from the same residential house or yard delegation may have the same primary committee and at the time of committee assignment, representation of the same district must be present in at least three standing committees through membership in primary and secondary committees. Representatives shall submit committee preferences to the Executive Board following their election, and the Executive Board shall seat representatives on the five standing committees as outlined in the Bylaws. Each Committee shall elect a Chair for a year-long term during the Fall Reading Period. Be it further resolved that Section 37.1 of Article III of the Bylaws be amended in the
following fashion: Section 37. Committee Assignments Section 37.1. Committee Selection Procedure In assigning committees to elected representatives, the Executive Board must seat any representative on a committee he or she previously sat on as a voting member, if he or she wishes to be so seated. Further, the Executive Board must seat the representatives with the most votes in each district general election on their first choice primary committee, as space permits pursuant to section 36.2. 37.2. In making all other primary and secondary committee assignments, the Executive Board shall take into account representativesâ€™ preferences, results of the district elections, and seniority on the Council. Committee assignments are final once enacted by the Executive Board. Legislation adjusting committee assignments following initial seating must be considered by the Executive Board and be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council. Section 37.2. Committee Sizes. In seating representatives on committees in the fall, the Executive Board shall seat, excepting Chairs, no more than nine at least eight representatives each on the Education, Student Life, and Student Initiatives Committees as their primary committees, no more than eleven at least ten representatives on the Finance Committee as their primary committee, and no more than four at least three members on the Student Relations Committee as their primary committee. In seating representatives on committees as secondary members, the Executive Board cannot increase the size of a committee, including its Chair, beyond 20 members. TITLE II: Freshman District Redefinition Whereas the Undergraduate Council divides the first-year districts into North Yard, South Yard, East Yard, and West Yard, Whereas the Freshman Deanâ€™s Office defines the first-year yards into Oak Yard, Elm Yard, Crimson Yard, and Ivy Yard, Whereas the two definitions differ little but in the name of the Yards, Whereas it is necessary to minimize the confusion and inconsistency caused by the difference, Be it therefore resolved that Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution be amended in the following fashion:
Section 1. Representation. Each upper-class house shall comprise an electoral district. There shall be three representatives for each residential electoral district. Dudley house shall have representation proportional to the smallest residential district. The First-year dormitories should be divided into four sections (the North Oak Yard, the South Elm Yard, the East Crimson Yard, and the West Ivy Yard). Be it further resolved that Section 73.1 of Article VII of the Bylaws be amended in the following fashion: Section 73. General Elections. Section 73.1. First-Year Districts. The first-year district shall be the North Oak Yard, consisting of Canaday and Thayer Halls; West Ivy Yard, consisting of Holworthy, Hollis, Lionel, Massachusetts, Mower, Stoughton, and Straus Halls and Apley Court; East Crimson Yard, consisting of Greenough, Hurlbut, Pennypacker, and Wigglesworth Halls, and South Elm Yard, consisting of Grays, Matthews, and Weld Halls as well as Apley Court and any first-year students living in locations not otherwise assigned. The Election Commission may make minor shifts in district designs if absolutely necessary for the completion of the election. TITLE III: Constitutional Amendment Proposal Schedule Readjustment Whereas the current Constitution mandates the duration of a week to pass between the docketing of a proposed constitutional amendment by the Rules Committee and the beginning of voting by the Council, Whereas the time period was created for a more comprehensive process of evaluating the amendment, Whereas the current schedule delays important changes unnecessarily, Be it therefore resolved that Section 2.1 of Article VII of the Constitution be amended in the following fashion: Section 2.1. Proposal. If a proposed amendment to the Constitution is docketed by the Rules Committee, at least one week six days must pass between the approval of the amendment by the Rules Committee and the beginning of voting on the amendment. If an amendment to the Constitution is proposed as new business after being considered by the Rules Committee, at least one week six days must pass between the Councilâ€™s vote to consider the amendment as new business and the beginning of voting on the passage of the amendment.
Rules Docketed: Unanimous Consent Rules Recommended: Unanimous Consent