Student Government supports ‘fair occupancy’ resolution, debates internal legislation


Student Government Vice President Cody Smith listens to a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Alex Connor

Student Government debated heavily on internal legislation during its senate meeting Wednesday.

Legislation included an act requesting a bylaw change to create collaborative office hours for senators, as well as an internal funding request to allocate $36,000 to constituency councils.

Both bills failed.

However, the senate did fund the Yoga Club for a “Jamboree” event, Black Graduate Student Alliance for printing costs and Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival for a competition.

The senate also passed a bylaw change to the pan-hellenic housing area that recognizes it as an official constituency council.

Additionally, Student Government unanimously threw its support to a “fair occupancy code for housing” throughout Ames. The resolution strongly encourages the City Council to not adopt a clause into the rental occupancy ordinance it is currently drafting that limits occupancy based on off-street parking.

Ex-officio Robert Bingham was in attendance of the senate meeting to answer questions regarding the legislation, and encouraged senators to make their voices heard on this matter through this order.

“This resolution will do a lot,” Bingham said. “It will go far.”

Bingham encouraged senators to attend the Tuesday, Nov. 14 City Council meeting to learn more on the issue. 

At one point during the meeting, the senate moved into closed session to debate the removal of Sen. Jack Utterback for malfeasances he had acquired due to absences.

After more than an hour of discussion, the senate decided against his removal.