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I don't want to get too political but there is an important issue on this year's November ballot for FSU. If you haven't looked at the Advocate for Florida State site recently then here is a letter from President Barron:

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Fellow Seminoles:

As you know, November 6, election day is rapidly approaching. Along with the slate of candidates on all levels of government are 11 constitutional ballot initiatives.

The Collins Center for Public Policy at Florida State University is a respected and reliable source of objective information about constitutional questions. The Collins Center, which was founded in 1988 and named for former Governor LeRoy Collins, is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization that does not endorse political candidates and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. It is important to be an informed voter and this year's ballot is dense with policy and budget changing initiatives. For an in-depth, unbiased review of each of the 11 proposed constitutional amendments, please visit the Collins Center website at: www.FLAmendments.org.

For your information, last session state lawmakers, on the urging of FSU's Student Government Association (SGA), passed House Joint Resolution 931 (HJR0931) pertaining to the student appointment to the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). This resolution is Amendment 12 on this year's ballot.

Amendment 12 seeks to remove language from the Florida Constitution that automatically appoints the Chair of the Florida Student Association as the student member of the BOG. If passed, the amendment would form a Council of Student Body Presidents as an entity of the BOG, and their selected Chair would be the student representative to the Florida BOG. Each Student Body president from the 12 state universities would thus have an equal opportunity to be selected as the Chair and ultimately the student representative to the BOG. The FSU Student Government Association strongly favors the passage of Amendment 12.

Thank you for taking the time to review these initiatives.

Eric Barron

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No matter which candidates you plan to vote for this election, remember to VOTE YES on Amendment 12 for FSU!
Spread the word to everyone you know especially your fellow Seminoles!

This post was edited on 10/14 3:43 PM by epiphany10


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Excuse my ignorance, but why does the chance of an FSU student being named as representative to the BOG increase if the selection is made from the Council of Student Body Presidents vs. the Chair of the Florida Student Association.

Is the Florida Student Association set up in some way to disadvantage FSU students chances of being named chair?
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Florida State is not a member of the Florida Student Association so the creation of the Council of Student Body Presidents allows FSU the chance to have someone representing FSU student interests on the BOG.

Why is FSU not a member of the FSA?  I don't know for sure.  I think it has something to do with FSU's view that membership in the FSA is not worth the cost involved (not enough bang for their buck).
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Originally posted by epiphany10:
Florida State is not a member of the Florida Student Association so the creation of the Council of Student Body Presidents allows FSU the chance to have someone representing FSU student interests on the BOG.

Why is FSU not a member of the FSA?  I don't know for sure.  I think it has something to do with FSU's view that membership in the FSA is not worth the cost involved (not enough bang for their buck).
I was surprised they are not a member, especially given that all of the other state schools appear to be members. For FSU to spend the time pushing for a constitutional amendment to change this, I have to imagine it has something to do with the university feeling like UF is able to exert undue influence on the organization. 
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