Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) passed one bill and one resolution at its first meeting of the semester on Jan. 24.
Senators first voted on a bill that would amend ASG’s bylaws to have its special elections permanently held on The Hub.
Previously, students running for positions in special elections would be voted on and elected by current senators. Holding special elections on The Hub lets the entire student body vote rather than current senators, which can allow for a more accurate representation of constituents.
ASG passed a resolution to hold last semester’s special elections on The Hub, but the resolution only allowed for that election cycle.
ASG’s special elections occur to fill senate seats when there are five or more vacancies.
For this election cycle, there are 13 open seats: five Senators-At-Large, two Off-Campus Senators, two On-Campus Senators, one College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) Senator, one College of Arts and Science (CAS) Humanities and Social Sciences Senator and one CAS Physical Sciences Senator.
Students can work on their election packets and petitions now, which are due Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.
Elections will occur Feb. 7 at 7 a.m. to Feb 8 at 7 p.m.
The bill passed with 30 yeses and one no.
Senators also voted on a resolution to recognize National Gun Violence Survivors Week, which takes place from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7.
The resolution outlined encouraging all students to support efforts to prevent gun violence and to honor those who have been affected by gun violence.
The resolution passed with 27 yeses, two nos and two abstentions.
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ASG’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Joslin Senate Chamber in Armstrong.