The mere mention of additional paperwork triggers intense groaning, and at Tuesday’s Student Congress meeting, some members noted that a new funding bill would do just that.
Passing with a 15-9 vote, a bill to establish a post-event appropriations report will be enacted Aug. 1. The bill requires organizations that receive partial or full Student Congress funding for events to fill out a report 60 days after each event.
The bill exempts organizations receiving partial or full Student Congress funding for meetings.
Conor Winters, a member of Student Congress who introduced the bill, emphasized the support it had already garnered.
“This is a form of accountability that will speed up finance (committee) meetings,” Winters said. “I reached out to 50 groups, and nine of 10 groups who responded supported this.”
But the room was not packed with advocates, as some members remained unconvinced such a bill was even necessary.
Peter McClelland, a member of Student Congress, raised several questions about the bill’s content and Winters’ claims of support.
“Are there any reports right now of funds being misused? Is it entirely just a hypothetical thing, or are there tangible examples of things being misused?” McClelland said.
“My (College Republicans) treasurer received this in an email, and it didn’t have any specifics on the bill. It had the gist of the bill, but the actual bill wasn’t attached.”