Student Bar Association

Constitution

ARTICLE VII

Petition and Referenda

  1. Any student may, by written request to the SBA Secretary, place a matter on the agenda for consideration before the SBA Executive Council.
  2. Any decision by the SBA Executive Council, except for financial appropriations of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), may be placed before the student body in a referendum.
  3. To institute a referendum, a student must submit to the SBA Secretary a petition containing either the signatures of at least 25% of the total membership of either the day or evening division, or the signatures of at least 15% of the total membership of the SBA. Said petition shall contain a brief summary of the SBA Executive Council decision and the purpose of the referendum.
  4. The student must submit the petition for a referendum within ten (10) days of the posting of the minutes of the meeting in which final action on the issue in question was taken by the SBA Executive Council. If the minutes of the meeting are not posted by the SBA Secretary in violation of this document, the student must submit the petition for a referendum at the next meeting of the SBA Executive Council.
  5. The SBA President, or the SBA Executive Council by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, may order a referendum.
  6. The SBA President, upon the advice of the SBA Parliamentarian, shall determine the validity of the petition for a referendum. The SBA Executive Council may overrule the SBA President's decision by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote.
  7. Once ordered and determined valid, the referendum shall take place within two (2) weeks of approval of the referendum by the SBA President or SBA Executive Council. The Election Committee shall set referenda rules pursuant to its authority.
  8. A simple majority vote of the student body or affected class shall be required to approve a referendum. Only another referendum of the student body shall overturn the first referendum decision.

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