On Tuesday evening, Student Congress committees met for the last time before winter break to discuss new bills and propose future plans for the spring semester.
Rules and Judiciary Committee
Phillip Jester, chairperson of the Rules and Judiciary Committee, began the meeting by explaining the lull in Student Congress due to the recent election, both nationally and within student government regarding the Graduate and Professional Student Federation. However, Jester proposed a new energy for the spring semester.
“In the spring, I would like to pass a lot of legislation … let’s come up with some things that need to be changed at the University that are widely known,” Jester said.
The committee passed a new concurrent resolution proposed by representative Lucky Prachith, a sophomore member of the committee. The resolution discussed an effort by Student Congress to support and affirm UNC sensitivity trainings regarding mental health, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ allyship and interpersonal violence prevention and response.
“It is about bringing an issue to the public sphere and actually doing something about it,” Prachith said.
The resolution said members of Student Congress should make an effort to attend at least one of the on-campus trainings. The resolution did not say the trainings would be mandatory, only that Student Congress should encourage its members to attend.
After the resolution was passed, the committee discussed ideas for future bills concerning handicap accessibility and improvements on local district forums.