Legislation

SGA, through the legislative authority of the Senate, recognize three types of legislation: Bills, Resolutions and Petitions. Additional information about the legislative process can be found in the Student Government Statutes - Chapter 3.

Bills
All legislation creating or affecting a change in the Student Government Statutes or other body of law within the legislative powers of the Senate, or providing for the budgeting and appropriation of the Student Activity Fees entrusted to the Senate, shall be presented in the form of a Bill. The various forms of Bills shall be as follows:

  • Budget Bill: A Budget Bill either sets or modifies the budget of the Legislative Branch of the Student Government Association. Budget Bills shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "BB". Budget Bills shall be passed by a simple majority vote.
  • Finance Bill: A Finance Bill authorizes or instructs the expenditure of funds previously budgeted by the Senate or entrusted to the Senate. The various student organizations shall be funded by means of a Finance Bill, which shall not require a second reading. Finance Bills shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "FB". Finance Bills shall be passed by a simple majority vote.
  • Senate Bill: A Senate Bill amends the By-Laws of the Senate or other bodies of law under the discretionary authority of the Senate. Senate Bills shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "SB". Senate Bills shall be passed by a simple majority vote.
  • Government Bill: A Government Bill amends the Constitution of the Student Body or Chapter One of the Student Government Statutes. Government Bills shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "GB". Government Bills shall be passed by a simple majority vote.

Resolutions
All legislation voicing the opinion of the Senate on any topic not within the constitutional jurisdiction of the Senate or exercising one or more privileges of the Senate shall be presented in the form of a Resolution. Resolutions shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "SR".

Petitions
All legislation pertaining to the disciplinary removal of a Senator or other legislative matters that do not conform to the definition of a Bill or Resolution shall be presented in the form of a Petition, and shall not require a second reading. Petitions shall be indicated as such on legislation by a "SP".