Bills

B0042: A Bill to Join the National Coalition of Student Leaders

B0041: A Bill to Redistribute MCSG Funding

B0036: Bylaws change

B0035: SSRC and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

B0034: The Cabinet as approved by the LB on April 16th 2019

B0033: MCSG Statement of Affirmative Action

B0032: A Bill to Create a Subsidy for Unpaid Internship Transportation

B0029: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws and the MCSG Election Code

B0031: A Bill to Create a New Interest Group Category

B0027: A Bill to Transfer the New York Times Subscription Online

B0025: A Bill to Improve the Quality of Life for Off-Campus Students By Purchasing More Lockers

B0024: A Bill to Create an MCSG Graduate School Admission Test (GSAT) Grant Program

B0023: Omnibus 2017: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws and the MCSG Election Code

B0022: A Bill to Support Club Sports by Extending Access to the Travel Grant Fund

B0021: A Bill to Extend the FAC’s Funding Latitude

B0019: A Bill to Formalize the Book Bank Program

B0018: A Bill to Recognize Outstanding Student Educators at Macalester

B0017: A Bill to Amend the Bylaws to Fund The Mac Weekly and WMCN 91.7

B0016: A Bill to Formalize and Revise the Textbook Reserve Program

B0015: Omnibus 2016: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws and the MCSG Election Code

B0013: Revision of the Bill to Create a Textbook Reserve Program Fund

B0012: A Bill to Edit the SSRC and Vice President Sections of the Bylaws

B0011: Omnibus 2015: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws

B0010: Student Athlete Advisory Committee

B0007: Class Representatives Responsibilities

B0006: Union Park District Council Board Representative (2014-15)

B0005: Compostable Dishware FOAPAL (2014-15)

B0004: Midnight Breakfast 2014 (2014-15)

B0003: MCSG Sustainability Officer (2014-15)

B0001: Executive Board Omnibus (2014-15)

Creating a Textbook Reserve Program (2013-14)

Establishing the Accuracy of Information Act (2012-13)

Establishing the Task Force on Membership Requirements (2013-14)

Regarding the Rollover of Funds (2012-13)

B0024: A Bill to Create an MCSG Graduate School Admission Test (GSAT) Grant Program

B0023: Omnibus 2017: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws and the MCSG Election Code

B0022: A Bill to Support Club Sports by Extending Access to the Travel Grant Fund

Approved by the LB on April 25, 2017. This bill allows club sports the ability to apply for travel funding from the Travel Grant Fund, as they have no other sources of funding for travel. Club sports applying must still follow the same guidelines as any other group applying to use the Travel Grant Fund.

B0021: A Bill to Extend the FAC’s Funding Latitude

Approved by the LB on April 4, 2017. Bill 0021 increases the amount of money the Financial Affairs Committee can independently vote on and allocate to orgs. It also implements a system of accountability by which members of the FAC can bring allocations of any amount to the LB, should they feel it necessary.

B0019: A Bill to Formalize the Book Bank Program

Approved by the LB on December 6, 2016. This bill authorizes the continuation of the Book Bank program. The purpose of the Book Bank program is to foster a space on campus where students can donate textbooks or grab textbooks donated by other Macalester students. The program hopes to reduce the financial burden of buying textbooks and give textbooks more utility before they are no longer needed.

B0018: A Bill to Recognize Outstanding Student Educators at Macalester

Approved by the LB on November 29, 2016. This bill authorizes the creation of the Outstanding Student Educator of the Year award. This award will recognize the outstanding student teaching at Macalester. This new award hopes to recognize the students that work tireless to bring academic excellence to other students. From SI Leaders, preceptors, to language tutors, the award will bring spotlight to those that have made a positive contribution to the academic experience of Macalester students.

B0017: A Bill to Amend the Bylaws to Fund The Mac Weekly and WMCN 91.7

Approved by the LB on November 15, 2016. This bill revises the MCSG’s funding structures concerning The Mac Weekly and WMCN 91.7 such that both will be provided with operating fees independent of student organization budgeting processes, to be reviewed and amended as needed every two years.

B0016: A Bill to Formalize and Revise the Textbook Reserve Program

Approved by the LB on November 1, 2016. Bill #0016 is a simple update and formalization of the Textbook Reserve Program. With the 2016-2017 Academic Affairs Committee members as co-authors, the bill ensures clear, but necessarily flexible guidelines for the application, selection, and purchasing of textbooks based on student and faculty requests.

B0015: Omnibus 2016: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws and the MCSG Election Code

Approved by the LB on September 27, 2016. This bill updates and revises the MCSG Bylaws and Election, particularly in regards to the addition of three Issue-Based Officers (the MCSG President’s Cabinet) and the timing of MCSG Elections.

B0013: Revision of the Bill to Create a Textbook Reserve Program Fund

Approved by the LB on December 8, 2015. This bill revises the Textbook Reserve Program’s funding and decision-making process concerning books to purchase. It also revises the methods used by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) to purchase books.

B0012: A Bill to Edit the SSRC and Vice President Sections of the Bylaws

Approved by the LB on December 1, 2015. This bill updates and revises the sections of the MCSG bylaws concerning the role and duties of both the Vice President and the Student Services and Relations Committee (SSRC).

B0011: Omnibus 2015: A Bill to Amend the MCSG Bylaws

Approved by the LB on September 29, 2015. This bill updates and revises the MCSG bylaws, including separating the bylaws into four different documents: the MCSG Bylaws, the MCSG Election Code, the Lectures Coordination Board Policy,  and the Student Organization/Media Policy.

B0010: Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Approved by the LB on April 28, 2015. This bill establishes the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a campus committee in holding with MCSG and NCAA requirements.The SAAC will include two representatives from each of the 19 varsity sports, a seven-person executive board, and one non-athlete representative from the Legislative Body as a non-voting member.

B0007: Class Representatives Responsibilities 

Approved by the LB on April 14, 2015. This bill outlines the responsibilities of elected class representatives. This bill was created in order to more clearly outline the role of class representatives on the Legislative Body. This bill addresses their responsibilities outside of committee work. New responsibilities include hosting an event per semester to gather feedback from students, meeting at the beginning of each semester for 60 minutes of brainstorming, and creating a transition document at the end of the year to facilitate greater communication.

B0006: Union Park District Council Board

Approved by the LB on March 31, 2015. This bill establishes a Campus Committee position for a student to serve on the Union Park neighborhood governing board. The Union Park District Council Board has expressed interest in having a Macalester student on their board to hear Macalester student opinions. The representative will be required to attend all Union Park District Council Board meetings and once a semester report back to the Legislative Body on the Council’s work.

B0005: Compostable Dishware FOAPAL

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Approved by the LB on February 17, 2015. This bill establishes a FOAPAL account dedicated for the purchase of compostable dishware through Macalester’s distribution system operated by Loeffler and Business Services. The FOAPAL will be available for use by MCSG, its committees, and any entity receiving money from the student activity fee.

B0004: Midnight Breakfast 2014

This bill establishes that MCSG will allocate $596.00 as their share of the Midnight Breakfast costs from the operating fund for the 2014 Midnight Breakfast.

B0003: MCSG Sustainability Officer

This bill establishes the creation of a Sustainability Officer position in alignment with the mission of MCSG’s new Sustainability Task Force. This position will generally monitor Macalester’s progress on institutional sustainability goals, serve on the Sustainability Advisory Committee, and act as a liason between the Sustainability Office and MCSG. Further commitments required by this position are outlined in the bill.

B0001: A Bill Amending the Macalester College Student Government Bylaws
Approved by the LB on September 16, 2014 by 21-0 (needed 2/3rds to amend bylaws), the MCSG bylaws were amended. Changes included a proposition to elect a Speaker for the Legislative Body, clarified language on various issues, reassigned duties for the MCSG staff.

A Bill Creating a Textbook Reserve Program Fund
Approved by the LB in the Fall of 2013, the Textbook Reserve Program Fund Bill established a guaranteed fund with an annual $10,000 investment made up of rollover funds first and completed with the operated fund. The fund is solely used for the purchase of additional textbooks to expand the course offerings in the Textbook Reserve Program, housed in the DeWitt Wallace Library.

A Bill Establishing the Accuracy of Information Act
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Approved by the LB on April 30, 2013 by 15-2 (needed 2/3rds to amend bylaws), the Accuracy of Information Act creates guidelines for MCSG surveys. When polling the student body regarding expenditures exceeding $3,000 meant to be representative of the student body’s interests, a response rate of 40% must be achieved before spending can commence. To better gauge student opinion, surveys must be sent to a random sample of no less than 300 students and not presented as reflective of student opinion until a response rate of 60% is achieved.

A Bill Establishing the Task Force on Membership Requirements (TMR)
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Approved by the LB in the Spring of 2014, this bill created the TMR to review membership requirements of MCSG elected representatives. The TMR consisted of five (5) members: one representative from each class and one member of the Executive Board. On March 11, 2014, the TMR (chaired by Aramis Mendez ’17) presented their findings after meeting with the Judicial Council and legal counsel. Read their full report here.

A Bill Regarding the Rollover Funds
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Approved by the LB on October 30, 2012, the Rollover Bill created a system for end of the year financial surplus (unspent allocations) to be re-allocated across various parts of MCSG. After $20,000 is placed in a reserve fund, the rest of the rollover is allocated as follows:

Recipient Percentage of Allocation
Program Board (PB) 25%
Capital Fund 16.667%
Operating Fund 16.667%
Travel Grant Fund 16.667%
Student Lounge 8.333%
SORC Materials 5%
Textbook Reserve Program 7%
SSRC’s Community Chest 5%

Note: Not all bill numbers are represented here; numbers that are skipped represent bills that were introduced but not passed.

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