The Student Code outlines only one job for the student body secretary. Tuesday night, that job was stripped from the role.
After approving a budget of more than $135,000 to be dispersed among 53 student organizations with few objections, Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday that not only transferred the student body secretary’s duty of updating the Student Code to the clerk of Student Congress, but also repealed the $1,500 stipend allotted to the position.
Congress also passed a bill that addressed a messy topic in the past student election. Now some student government officers, including the student body secretary, must resign in order to run for any position, and will be disqualified if found to have violated this rule.
Ian Lee, student body secretary, incited the debate when he ran for student body president while continuing to hold his position.
Both bills incited a heated debate at Tuesday’s meeting, and the role of student body secretary was argued at length.
“People have been taking the job of secretary but not because they want to update the code, and that has been clear with the quality of the code updates,” said Alex Mills, speaker of Student Congress.
The bill provides a more effective way of ensuring the quality of the Student Code updates and making the updates more timely, Mills said.
“(Student body secretaries updating the Code) has resulted in low-quality Student Codes that reflect poorly on Student Congress,” said Deanna Santoro, former Congress speaker and current member.
“I’m sick and tired of having this fight,” Mills added.