SGA meeting didn't meet quorum, impeachment papers filed
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
Impeachments are on the horizon after five unexcused absences in the Student Government Association Senate didn’t meet quorum, or the amount of members required to be present to discuss and pass legislation.
Quorum requirements in SGA’s Rules and Procedures dictate that at least 11 members be present and only nine were in attendance Tuesday night.
University Affairs Chief Spencer Copeland, Caucus Chair for the College of Sciences Robert Ferguson, Senator for the College of Education Ginger Malone, Senator for the College of Business Madelyn Clark, and Senator for the College of Criminal Justice Canon Baldridge all had unexcused absences for Tuesday night’s meeting.
Secretary Chaston Pruitt, Treasurer Robert Arriaga and Chief of Staff Michael Harvey had excused absences but still contributed to the government’s inability to reach quorum.
Caucus Chair for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Steven Perry said that SGA would explore appropriate action.
“In the next few weeks, Student Government will be perusing several remedies to ensure that we are not again crippled by an inability to conduct business including impeaching members with a repeated history of absenteeism, strengthening attendance rules, and implementing a leave of absence program,” Perry said.
Perry also said that 12 members were absent in total.
According to Vice President Kolby Flowers, impeachment forms have been filed for Malone and Baldridge for their alleged absences on Tuesday and Sept. 10. According to the SGA Rules and Procedures (Rule 3 section B), two consecutive unexcused absences are impeachable offenses.
Flowers also said that at least four members of the Senate were attending the Mumford and Sons concert in The Woodlands.
Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr. indicated Wednesday that he had not yet received the impeachment forms.
Flowers also said that Clark informed the executive board of her intention to resign.
The short-lived meeting of SGA was adjourned early on Tuesday. Ramiro turned his attention to the incoming members of SGA.
“This meeting still counts toward your two meeting requirement on your applications,” Jaime said. “Make sure you get them signed.”
Jessica Malloy contributed to this story