Student senate delays vote on Reitz Union referendum

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.

A vote on whether or not to support a referendum that would let students decide on a fee to renovate and expand the Reitz Union was postponed a week during Tuesday night's Student Senate meeting.

Some senators felt that the Reitz Union Board of Managers deserved a say in the decision on a referendum after hearing from RUB representatives.

The Reitz Union Board of Managers, which has invested time and money into the proposed expansion/renovation, asked to review any legislation.

"We want to pass this eventually but want to make it the most perfect bill possible," said Senator Ben Myers, a supporter of the postponement.

Other senators felt it was wrong for an organization with a vested interest in the Reitz Union renovation to review Senate legislation.

"This really isn't about them," said Senator Emily Hunt about the RUB of Managers. "This is about the students and what they want."

Other senators feared the wording of any new legislation might veer too far from the original.

"I don't want to see a paragraph-long advertisement in support of the Reitz Union when students go into the voting booth," said Senator Jonathan Ossip.

As is, the proposed wording of referendum states the new proposed fee would be $20 a semester plus $3 per credit hour and then asks two, yes or no questions.

The first asks whether a new student fee should be created to fund renovations and repairs of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

The second question asks if the fee should also be used to pay for additional expansion.

The referendum, if passed by the senate, would go to a student vote on the Spring 2010 ballot. Elections are Feb. 23-24.

In other action, about $600 was allocated toward two UF student organizations.

About $435 was given to the Student Safety Research Colloquium, a student group that promotes action and advocacy based on its applied research on public health and safety issues.

Another $155 was given to the Gator Disc Golf Club in order for them to travel to tournaments.

Disc golf is a game where individual players throw a flying disk into a basket or target. Much like golf, the object of the game is to go through the course from beginning to end with the least number of throws.

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