We endorsed Speaker Deanna Santoro’s Student Congress redistricting bill earlier this month. In spite of Student Body President Hogan Medlin’s official veto, this bill still deserves to pass.
Student Congress should vote tonight to override Medlin.
Hogan says he vetoed the bill because parts of it conflicted with the current Student Code by not allocating proportional representation to off-campus students and reserving a seat specifically for an incoming freshman in the fall.
While Hogan’s concerns are valid, his decision to veto the bill was unwise.
The redistricting bill is still a good bill. If implemented it would go a long way toward addressing the problems that Congress has had with recruiting and retaining candidates, especially from freshman dorms. And it would give freshmen, who have traditionally been left out of he process, a voice in Congress.