Western Student Association considering major constitutional changes

WSA President Lauren Smith (right) talks with members of the WSA Senate.

The Western Student Association is considering some major changes to its constitution that could impact the way the RSO operates in the future.

The student government organization discussed adding new articles to its constitution during the Jan. 29 meeting. These proposed changes include structural changes to the legislative branch as well as the election process.

Currently the legislative branch of WSA is composed of a senate voting body made up by Western Michigan University students, the office of the speaker, committees and college caucuses. Under the proposed changes, the legislative branch would become composed of the senate and a new house of representatives.

Meeting times and frequencies would change under the new constitution, the house would meet bi-weekly with a minimum of one meeting per month with the time of the meeting being set by the executive vice president. The senate would have separate meetings which would be weekly with a minimum of two meetings per month with the meeting times being set by the president.

The senate would be made up of senators voted in during the general spring election or by approval of the house. The house of representatives would consist of representatives from Registered Student Organizations across campus. The new articles would also let students vote in general and special elections, currently they are only able to vote in general elections.

The WSA will continue to discuss these changes during the Feb. 5 meeting. If the WSA votes to approve the changes, the vote will pass onto students in a general election. 

WSA meetings are open to a all Western students. The organization meets every Wednesday in the Bernhard Center at 4 p.m.

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