With 17 of the 26 senators in attendance, Student Government Association passed a resolution Thursday sending a $1 per credit hour fee increase for the Wellness Center to a student referendum.
The Wellness Center does not receive any money directly from student fees.
However, the resolution was almost sent back to the Legislative Political Action Committee. The committee never voted on the final resolution, which is required in the SGA constitution.
Senior Sen. Luke Hachmeister made the motion to send the bill back to LPAC.
“Every resolution or bill has to go to the referring committee and be voted on before it comes up for a first reading,” Hachmeister said. “Basically, a lot of members of LPAC had no idea that it was even coming up for a first reading before they got here (last week).”
Sophomore Sen. Kyle Glodt, LPAC chairman, acknowledged his committee did not vote on the resolution, but said they unanimously decided to support the resolution.
“We did not look at it again, but it was voted unanimously to move for the resolution,” Glodt said.
The resulting vote tied 8-8 and failed when student body vice president sophomore Tyler Thompson voted against sending the resolution back to committee.
Wellness Center director Jeff Burnett then addressed concerns students who take more credit hours each semester would be paying more money in Wellness Center fees than other students. He said the fee is still a bargain compared with prices students would have to pay elsewhere.
“(With this fee) you’re looking at someone who’s using the Wellness Center who’s paying either $36 to use it all year or someone paying $24 a year to use the Wellness Center,” Burnett said. “But it would cost you to more to use any type of facility like this just for a month, and that wouldn’t even include all the activities that are involved when you get in.”
The resolution passed 15-2 and initiates a student referendum if signed by student body president senior Bradley Stramel.
Other SGA business:
Bill 09/F/107: Sigma Alpha Iota appropriations trip request was passed. Amount granted: $1,000.
Up for second reading next week:
Bill 09/F/108 : Rodeo Club appropriations equipment request for drop barrel and roping box pad. Amount requested: $1,694.47.