The first substantive bill deliberated by the 101st Undergraduate Senate was sent back to the Rules and Judiciary Committee Tuesday after over an hour of deliberation.
The bill, which would require the creation of several undergraduate and graduate student government annual reports, was criticized because it would cut a student government branch’s funding to at most half of what it received in the last funding cycle if it does not finish its report.
Some senators, including Senator Jerrick Li, opposed the original bill because the provision for cutting funding could possibly be weaponized by a future administration.
“What happens if in some circumstance, a direct competitor becomes the next president? So, what if the previous administration has incentive to drastically cut down the funding for the next administration?” Li said.
Senator Erik Beene, who co-sponsored the bill, said he was disappointed that the Senate stalled the passing of the bill by planning for the possible malicious intent of future student government officials.