Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

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Photo: The Berkeley Beacon Archives

A Financial Advisory Board meeting in September 2019.

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter

The Financial Advisory Board on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on a controversial amendment that would impact future funding for the EVVYs and other campus organizations.

The policy, proposed by Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, would prohibit student organizations that receive SGA money from charging event admission or submission fees. The idea drew criticism from other Executive Cabinet members this week.

FAB initially scheduled a vote on the amendment for Thursday, but postponed it due to time constraints. The vote is now scheduled for FAB’s next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Semple declined to comment directly on the now upcoming vote.

The board did successfully ratify their by-laws at the meeting by a unanimous vote after making several small wording changes and adding a clause to a by-law which now allows organizations to request their funding information as early as the last day of the spring semester.

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FAB also ratified the SGA Treasury Handbook through page 34 after making several innocuous additions. The rest of the handbook, which remains unratified, contains Semple’s proposed legislation.

Semple told The Beacon that she remains optimistic for the future of FAB after Thursday’s meeting, alluding to the conversation surrounding her proposed legislation. 

“We are really excited to have a longer conversation next meeting about the possibility of changing some policy relating to appeals,” said Semple.