Senators fight state bills
The ETSU Student Government Association continued a conversation that it started at its last meeting about two bills that are currently being discussed by the Tennessee State Legislature.
The conversation began when the Senate learned that two Tennessee state bills could impact its ability to fund guest speakers.
"For those of you that don't know, I'm president of Buctainment," Sen. Alexis Petrak said.
"If you who don't know what Buctainment is, that is the university programming board. So, if stuff like this [the two state bills] starts getting passed, there won't be a programming board. ... We won't have Kenan Thompson [and other acts coming to campus]."
In an effort to voice their concerns to Tennessee legislators, the SGA Senate passed a resolution that opposed Tennessee SB1608, which requires that all fees for student organization speakers be distributed proportionally based on membership, and SB2493, which prohibits the use of institutional revenues for paying guest speakers.
Sens. Kevin Carlson, Jayke Hamill, Zach Tuggle and Randi Owenby and Secretary of Allocations Lucas Hitechew sponsored the resolution.
SGA Adviser Sally Lee informed the Senate that one of the bills is gaining footing in Nashville and recommended that individuals who oppose the bills campaign against them.
"The one that says that there is no room for outside speakers has legs in Nashville," Lee said. "It is getting traction."
If passed, the SGA could lose its ability to allocate money to pay guest speakers.
"I think our issue is ... we have a fund we allocate for guest speakers," Lee said. "Who's to say that they wouldn't say we couldn't have concerts? ... We have a huge fund of money. It's approximately $500,000 a year, that this body right here allocates."
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More easttennessean News Articles
Recent easttennessean News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR EASTTENNESSEAN NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST EASTTENNESSEAN NEWS
- University cleared after being accused of research missteps, plans to improve
- The Jubilee solution will eliminate the student loan crisis
- SGA has insight for students
- Public safety waiting for info on sexual assaults
- Halloween movies to impress moviegoers
- Defining your measure of worth
- Small groups can turn into big voices
RECENT EASTTENNESSEAN CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Skydiving Vikings to Deliver Minnesota's Game Ball
- IRS Warns Taxpayers of Latest Phone Fraud Scam
- Putting Your Vacation Home to Work for You
- Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
- Empowering People to Regain Their Mobility
- On-Site Workplace Health Clinics Emphasize Chiropractic Care
- 5 Important Tips for Choosing a Medicare Health Plan
- Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
- A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
- Be on the Lookout for These Invasive Species
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- College women switching to Sobrr this Halloween as the best app for fun -- and finding soul mates.
- Win $1,000 to Study Abroad in Italy. The ItaliaRail Study Abroad in Italy Scholarship for Spring 2015 is now accepting applications.
- 7 Tips for Scoring a Tailgating Touchdown
- Renowned Engineer Ric Bradshaw Conducts Fujifilm-Sponsored Campus Tour on Tape Technology
- 5 DAYS ONLY! Semi Annual Consignment Sale!