In Tuesday night’s Senate meeting, 71 senators unanimously passed two resolutions and got their first peek at the proposed organizational budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Sen. Davis Bean, chair of the budget and allocations committee, presented the proposed budget. The money will go to academic and student organizations.
Bean said his committee spent more than 50 hours on the budget.
“It really is a big and tedious process going line item by line item through all these (organizations’) budgets,” he said, “but it’s something I enjoy and know the committee enjoys as well.”
The student organization budget totaled about $1 million. The budget committee met with 48 student organizations in about 26 hours.
Of these student organizations, three new groups will receive money from SG: the Iranian Student Association, PhDMoms and WiSE. Other groups, like Gator Raiders, Pro-Life Alliance and Student Animal Alliance, fell out of the budget cycle.
The budget also allocates about $425,000 to 20 academic organizations.
In addition to the presentation, senators unanimously passed two resolutions.
The first resolution honored the life and legacy of Reubin Askew, a Florida governor who recently died. The second resolution supported a strategic response discouraging racism on campus. This resolution was in response to the derogatory fliers posted Feb. 26 aimed at Asian-Americans saying “Wanted Dog for Cash.”
[A version of this story ran on page 3 on 4/2/2014 under the headline "Senate sees academic and student organization budget"]
Sen. Davis Bean, the chair of the budget and appropriations committee, talks Tuesday evening about the academic and student organizational budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.