ASUW Elections

Ballot Measures

Board Bill 5.10: A Senate Order on Specifying the Process of Amendments to Vetoed Resolutions
Sponsor: Dan Tran
Outcome: 44 – 7 – 14
WHEREAS, the ASUW Constitution specifies the approval process of resolutions of the ASUW
Student Senate, including the procedures to veto a resolution; and
WHEREAS, the ASUW Constitution currently does not specify whether or not the ASUW
Student Senate can amend a vetoed resolution, or the procedure if amending a vetoed
resolution is allowed; and
WHEREAS, this lack of clarification has resulted in different ASUW Student Senate Speakers
interpreting the process in different ways, creating inconsistencies in how Senate functions; and
WHEREAS, specifying that the ASUW Student Senate can amend a vetoed resolution and pass
it with a simple majority, subject to approval from the Board of Directors, will streamline the
legislative process and not force sponsors to resubmit resolutions in the event that the veto was
done only for textual purposes; now, therefore,
BE IT ORDERED BY THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON STUDENT SENATE:
THAT, the following ballot title is ordered to be submitted to the Association membership in the
next general election: “Ballot Question Number (Number) concerns the approval process of
resolutions of student opinion. This measure would specify that if the ASUW Student Senate amends a resolution that was vetoed by the ASUW Board of Directors, the amended resolution will be treated as a new resolution that has been recommitted once and will be presented to the ASUW Board of Directors again for their approval. This would allow the ASUW Student Senate to amend and resubmit vetoed legislation for the board’s reconsideration. Should this measure be enacted?”; and
THAT, should the ballot question be passed, “If the Student Senate amends a vetoed resolution
and passes the amended resolution with a simple majority, then the amended resolution shall
be treated as a new passed resolution that has been recommitted once and must be presented
to the Board of Directors again for their approval.” shall be inserted under Article IX, Section 4,
C, 3 as Article IX, Section 4, C, 3, a; and
THAT, this be forwarded to Casey Duff, ASUW Director of Internal Policy; Ritika Jain, ASUW
President; and Rene Singleton and Christina Coop, SAO Advisors

Definitions:

  • A constitutional amendment: a ballot measure that changes the ASUW Constitution
  • An initiative: a ballot measure that is placed on the ballot by means of a petition of ASUW members
      • 5% of ASUW members
  • A referendum: a ballot measure that is placed on the ballot by vote of the ASUW Board
      • Two/thirds vote of the Board

Initiative & Constitutional Amendment Requirements

  • All initiatives and constitutional amendments must be certified by the Office of the Registrar to have signatures equal to five percent of the ASUW membership in favor of placing the initiative on the ballot
  • The wording of initiatives amending the constitution must be approved by ASUW Judicial Committee and by the Board of Directors before the collection of signatures
  • initiatives amending the constitution can only be placed on the General Election ballot after a majority vote by the Board of Directors