The Associated Students Legislative Council debated several resolutions during last night’s five-and-a-half-hour meeting.
Council members discussed courses of action that can be taken to combat the 4 percent tax on campus entities supported by student lock-in fees.
A.S. President J.P. Primeau said simply ignoring the tax would only postpone the problem at hand. According to Primeau, creating a contract that meets the interests of both parties – the administration and the student body – would be the best long term solution to the issue.
“I think [not paying the tax] is a great short term solution,” Primeau. “The Memorandum of Understanding is the ultimate end game,” Primeau said. “Looking at this problem, we want this solution to last 10, 20 years. It solves the problem of the tax, creates a solution between us and the university and is widely disseminated to the student body.”
On a similar note, the council passed a resolution discouraging the A.S. staff from paying the non-state-funded administrative support fee increase.
The council also discussed removing the Student Department of Energy Lab Oversight Committee, unaware that the committee still assembles and conducts business regularly.
According to committee member Dave Hassan, a third-year math and physics major, all matters concerning nuclear weapons are pertinent to the student body because UC faculty members make a large number of these armaments.
“The U.S. has more nuclear weapons than the next four nations combined and all of them get made by UC employees so it’s kind of a bid deal,” Hassan said.
Hassan also said their organization’s affiliation with A.S. has not only legitimized their committee, but helped members gain recognition from the University of California Board of Regents.
“The place where [being an A.S. entity] has been most tangibly helpful is getting through to the Regents,” Hassan said. “The Regents who are responsible for all this never get the additional viewpoint on the matter that we provide.”
However, council member Narain Kumar said the group has to consistently report back to Legislative Council in order to prevent such miscommunications from occurring in the future.
“They need to change somehow,” Kumar said. “They need to have a structure so we don’t think that they haven’t existed for the last year. There needs to be some semblance of communication between them and Leg Council.”
Members later voted to eradicate the bill which was proposed to remove the committee.