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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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SWJ to Supervise All Assembly Meetings

Assembly speaker election and new amendments ruled nconstitutional


According to Korman, SA believed it had a "sound legal argument" against the ruling, but decided not to contest SWJ's decision because the process could have taken as long as a year. In the meantime, the SA Senate could have approved the amendments, one of which would require SA presidents and vice presidents to run on a single ticket. If SA's motion eventually failed, an executive board election could have been overturned, resulting in what Korman called "absolute chaos."

The vice president proceeded to thank SWJ at Wednesday's meeting for handling the situation "quickly and efficiently" and said that at future assembly meetings an SWJ justice will be present to ensure that a similar oversight does not occur.

The assembly proceeded to reconsider the three amendments, which would also include eliminating president-appointed cabinet positions that have become obsolete and move the date in which new executive board members take office from April 1 to May 1. The former amendment passed unanimously with the exception of 2 abstaining votes, the latter passed 31-3 with one abstaining vote, and the amendment making presidents and vice presidents run on the same ticket was approved 29-5.

After the amendments were passed, the assembly voted for a speaker. Tuttle ran again, this time facing only Ryan McGowen, who was nominated by Jonathon Katz and Waitzman.

Tuttle won the election 22-7, with one abstaining vote. She then appointed Keith Smith to the position of parliamentarian and Katie Walsh as secretary of the assembly.

The newly elected speaker described SWJ's decision as " an inconvenience to most people involved," but said if SWJ had not made the ruling, " there would have been too much illegitimacy about [her election]" which could have "overshadowed" future decisions.

"It was a fair election and I'm glad that I won and we now have legitimacy and it's over," said Tuttle.

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