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Senate has its first continuation of the year, discusses controversial bills

Leah De La Torre
Senator Jaden Moore dresses in costume for a Halloween senate meeting on October 26, 2023.

The 67th Senate of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University met for their senate meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2023, and then again on Monday, October 30, 2023, for an emergency meeting.  

Vice President Eddie Gallegos began the meeting by speaking on the duties of senators to their constituents. 

 “I understand being busy and the need to juggle multiple responsibilities, but it is no excuse. We are here on scholarship and it is our job to be in contact with our college councils and to represent our constituents. We are not here to hash out personal issues on the senate floor,” Gallegos said. 

COW sessions create controversy around bills 

The senate then broke out into its first Committee of the Whole session, where they discussed Resolution 87 and Bills 51 and 34. Bill 51, presented by Sen. Hiram Camarena, managed the need for additional funds to be sent to the emergency fund account.  

The emergency fund is partially funded by the ASNMSU Senate, but not under the control of ASNMSU. The fund exists for students who find themselves in emergency financial situations and require immediate aid. 

Senator Hiram Camarena advocates for for Bill 51 during discussion. Oct. 26, 2023. (Leah De La Torre)

“We have students who can’t afford the bare necessities and it’s in our abilities to help these students, so why are we deliberating over adding funds,” Camerena said. 

However, some believed that ASNMSU financial advisors would not approve Bill 51 because it violated bylaws. In response to this, several senators spoke on their desire to help these students but recognized the barrier currently stopping them. 

“I will sleep better at night knowing that we have done the most to help our constituents, even if the bill is stopped by our fiscal advisors because we have done all we can do to help them,” Sen. Abdul Elakshar stated. 

Bill 64, presented by Camerena, was written during the meeting to ensure that Bill 51 could still be passed through senate. This bill was a bylaw change that was intended to raise the minimum balance that the emergency fund has to reach before additional funds can be allocated from senate.  

Bill 64 was passed and raised the minimum balance to $8,000, but the financial advisors could still disapprove Bill 51 for additional legal issues. 

The following Monday, senate held a continuation of Thursday’s senate meeting on Zoom. The meeting picked up where the prior meeting had ended, starting with Resolution 16.  

Resolution 16, presented by Sen. Omar Bashammakh, was written in regard to the lack of parking for pregnant students and mothers with young children. The resolution, after short debate, received an approval from the senate.  

Following this resolution, Bashammakh tabled resolutions 28, 32, 33, 37, 38, 51, 56 and 42.  

The Round Up has reached out to Sen. Bashammakh for further clarification on his reasoning but has yet to receive a response. 

Memorial 1 honors senator after his resignation 

The final item on the agenda for this meeting was Memorial 1 for Sen. Jackson Williams, which was written following William’s resignation in honor of his service to senate. Williams had been part of the senate for only a short time, but has contributed much of his time and talents since joining. Jackson served as the parliamentarian of the 67th senate, which meant it was his job to answer questions regarding Roberts’ Rules, as well as the function of the senate.

Senators listen attentively to one another during their senate meeting on October 26, 2023. (Leah De La Torre)

“Jackson although his time was very short-lived, he demonstrated knowledge and expertise that will far surpass his peers. With his future endeavors be in the Netherlands his knowledge and expertise will only grow. Hopefully one day I will see him up on Capital Hill” said Sen. Alex Duran, a long-time compatriate of Sen. Williams. 

The Round Up has reached out to Sen. Williams for further clarification on his reasoning but has yet to receive a response. 

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Reed Black
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Reed Black is entering his first year at The Round Up as a staff writer and sports intern. This is his first year writing for a publication of any kind. He is currently a junior at New Mexico State University studying journalism and water and soil sciences. He’s from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and graduated from Los Alamos High School. Since graduating he has lived in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Alnwick, England, and Portales, New Mexico. In his free time, he enjoys spending time reading and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. He also has a passion for films so you can always find him watching movies with his roommates.
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Claire Quintana is entering her second year with The Round Up as the Managing Editor.  She is studying Journalism & Media Studies with a minor in creative writing.  She is originally from El Paso, Texas, where she was born and raised. Claire first discovered journalism during high school, where her former teacher helped her unlock her passion for journalism and uncovering the truth.  Before that, she had been writing for her whole life, and it is one of her dreams to write and publish her own novel.  Claire is also completing an internship with her home church in El Paso, where she gets to practice journalism skills and other interests. Some of her hobbies are music, reading, writing, and video making.  She loves to spend time with her family, fiancé, and friends and loves a good cup of coffee.  Claire hopes to use her writing and ideas to contribute to The Round Up and continue to make it better with her fellow coworkers.
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Leah De La Torre is entering her second year at The Round Up as a multimedia specialist. She will be majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. She grew up in El Paso, Texas. De La Torre has been making videos with her family and friends since she was in elementary school, and her love for the camera continued through high school as she became a member of the video and broadcast team. There, not only did she learn more about photography and video making but gained an interest in journalism. Her other interests include playing the cello, sewing, and listening to her favorite music artists like Her’s and The Strokes. Working for The Round Up, she hopes to continue doing what she loves, being behind the camera and contributing to making and telling stories about her community.

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