As part of its continued reforms of the Student Code, the finance committee of Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday providing members more control over student fees.
Under Title I of the code, Student Congress may examine eight student fees only after a referendum. With changes to Title II, eliminations don’t have to go to student body vote, allowing Student Congress to directly act on the fees.
Congress member Adam Horowitz said the committee has not acted on the current policy.
“The Student Code says that (Student) Congress has the right to regulate these eight student fees and we never really do anything with them,” he said.
The unanimously passed bill also included a change to the order in which a proposed fee is considered.
Under the bill, the oversight committee of Student Congress would research proposals and work with the student fee audit committee to present bills to the student fee advisory subcommittee.
Horowitz presented the amendment to the committee and said it would clarify any confusion.
“We want to make sure we have a unified student voice, and we don’t want to risk (the oversight committee) and SFAC both going to SFAS with conflicting reports,” he said.
The amendment also replaces several members of SFAC with one member of the oversight committee to promote efficiency.