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Breaking News: Three Senators Withdraw Support for SB 51

Posted By Lucas Westmaas On Oct 17, 2006 @ 3:00 am In News | Comments Disabled

In what would have otherwise been an anti-climactic meeting of the ASUC Finance Committee, three senators withdrew their co-authorship and sponsorship of SB 51, the bill which would reimburse Oren Gabriel for the legal expenses he incurred this summer.

It looked like nothing was going to happen for this week with the bill when the committee took the recommendation of an ASUC finance officer, who reported different senators were giving him different versions of the facts of the case, and tabled the bill for at least a week until more information could be found out. However, Senator Jane Park entered the meeting after the committee had moved on and motioned an amendment to the bill which removed the co-authorship and sponsorship of three senators: herself, Jeff Mannassaro and Dwight Asuncion. Park and Mannassaro are both members of Student Action; Asuncion is a part of Student Action-affiliated APPLE Engineering. Afterwards, the bill was retabled.

Because it was not sent out of committee, the bill cannot be voted on at Wednesday’s meeting, but it may be discussed. There are still 11 senators (out of 20) whose names are attached to the bill.

Be sure to check out The Daily Californian’s article on the meeting in tomorrow’s paper. Additionally, the opinion section of the paper is running a piece by Oren Gabriel.

Correction: According to Executive Vice President Vishal Gupta, the Senate can move the bill to the floor by majority vote and could potentially vote on it this Wednesday.


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