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SA Recap: Committees plan future legislation

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The Mississippi State University Student Association Senate’s second meeting of the semester consisted of committee meetings to discuss plans for the semester. As such, no new legislation was put to discussion or vote.
However, the committees gave individual updates on their ideas for upcoming legislation further in the semester, starting with the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.
The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee plans on improving multiple areas around campus to benefit students. Examples include: adding vending machines throughout the library, creating a fountain and picnic area behind the library, and adding lighting behind Davenport Hall. Additionally, they intend to introduce training programs for new organizations to learn how to apply for appropriations.
The Academic Affairs Committee wants to create more study areas. Specifically, they want to create a new 24-hour study area. Also, they talked about the possibility of getting more Honors College-centered courses added.
The Student Life and Athletics Committee stated they pondered on the idea of an appropriations bill to help jumpstart the construction of the long-awaited crosswalk between Helix Apartments and campus.
The Research and Development Committee put forward the idea of a dedicated speech lab, where students could practice oral presentations.
The Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Committee said they were looking at residence halls dedicated to transfer students, more inclusivity for single restrooms and an ACCESS Cabinet member.
For a quick recap, ACCESS is the MSU program which helps students with disabilities to better live independently and learn effectively. On Oct. 31, 2017, the SA Senate passed Bill 22, which gave an honorary Senate seat to ACCESS members.
The Appropriations Committee said they want to continue informing people and organizations about the rules and regulations surrounding SA appropriations. In addition, they plan on updating the rules and regulations.  
The Community and Governmental Outreach Committee is attempting to find a possible way to incorporate a Flex Dollar-like system for off-campus restaurants. In addition, they want students to be able to add Flex Dollars in smaller amounts. Lastly, they are thinking about redrawing bus routes to be more efficient.
The Student Affairs Committee is seeking to write a mandate to create an SA Archive to store all previous legislation. This way, future sessions of Senate can more accurately cite or refer to previous Senate matters.
Finally, the SA Senate voted to allow Josh McCoy, a junior chemical engineering major, to fill one of the vacant Appointed Seat positions in Senate.

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Dylan Bufkin
Dylan Bufkin, Former Editor-in-Chief
Dylan Bufkin served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Reflector from 2020 to 2021. He also served as the Opinion Editor from 2019 to 2020.
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