Amendments

AMENDMENTS RATIFIED FEBRUARY 21,2015

  1. Addition onto Article IV, Section 4: Resolutions
    1. Add “Once ten members have expressed their support for the resolution, it will be formally considered by the present members of the congress. Most resolutions are passed by a bare majority vote. However, a motion may be carried to the cabinet to change the status of the resolution to a “special” resolution, which requires a majority vote in the cabinet. If a resolution achieves “special” status, then it requires a supermajority (two-thirds) vote in the general assembly. Both amendments and impeachments always carry the “special” resolution status and require a supermajority to pass. Congressmen and congresswomen must be alerted to all proposed amendments and resolutions at least three days before voting is to take place by the Governance Committee.”
  2. Addition onto Article IV, Section 13: Procedures
    1. All rules of operation not explicitly mentioned within this constitution, documented special rules, or documented orders of operation automatically follow those defined in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.

AMENDMENTS RATIFIED JANUARY 31, 2015

  1. Changes onto Article I:
    1. Replace“Purpose” with “Object”
  2. Changes onto Article II:
    1. Replace “The Houston Independent School District (HISD) Student Congress is a formal student-run communication mechanism between public high school student volunteers and the Houston education community. It will engage the entire HISD student body, affirming unilaterally that students have the most vested interest in their own education and that their input should be a vital part of HISD’s planning and ongoing success.” with “The Houston Independent School District (HISD) Student Congress is a formal student-run, student-led communication mechanism between public high school students and the greater community. It will engage the entire HISD student body, affirming unilaterally that students have the most vested interest in their own education and that their input should be a vital part of HISD’s ongoing success.”
  3. Changes onto Article III Section 1:
    1. Remove “Initial contact will be through each school’s administrators and student councils.”
    2. Replace “At the start of the year, the Cabinet of the Student Congress” with “Throughout the year, the Student Congress”
    3. Remove “participation” from “welcomes all high school students’ participation”
  4. Changes onto Article II Section 2a:
    1. Replace “Any HISD high school student who has attended at least one Student Congress meeting a semester and has joined at least one committee is a member of the HISD Student Congress.” with “Any HISD high school student who has attended at least one Student Congress meeting and has joined at least one committee gains membership in the HISD Student Congress. Students lose their membership at the end of each semester if they do not attend a meeting that semester. For election purposes, students must attend a meeting in January or February to be eligible to vote or declare candidacy for that year.”
  5. Addition onto Article IV Section 3b:
    1. In the event that there is a vacancy within the Cabinet, the Cabinet will appoint a student to fill the vacancy for the term. Vacancies are created if a Cabinet member resigns, if no one runs for a particular Cabinet position, or if a Cabinet member does not meet membership requirements as defined by Article III, Section 2a
  6. Changes onto Article V Section 2:
    1. Finance Committee: Add “will serve as treasurer”
    2. Agenda Committee: Replace “Agenda Committee: The Agenda Committee designs projects and decides the agenda for meetings.” with “Initiative Committee: the Initiative Committee develops and executes student orientated initiatives.”
    3. Governance Committee: Replace “The Governance Committee oversees the constitution’s application, assists students with transportation and other logistical concerns, records meeting minutes, and finds meeting space for the Student Congress.” with “The Governance Committee oversees the Congress’ logistics and governing procedures, including matters of the Constitution, meeting spaces, transportation, meeting minutes, membership, and research for the Congress.”
  7. Changes onto Article V Section 6:
    1. Remove “Committee decisions are made by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the respective Committee Chair’s vote will break the tie”
  8. Changes onto Article V Section 7:
    1. Replace “Cabinet” with “Speaker”
  9. Changes onto Article V Section 8:
    1. Delete “The Cabinet may decide to create, modify, or eliminate Committees based on the Student Congress membership objectives and goals. The Cabinet may also sunset a Committee if that Committee’s objective is no longer needed. These changes may be added to this article of the constitution without an amendment.”
  10. Addition onto Article VI Section 1b:
    1. however, members of the Congress may propose a motion of unconstitutionality to the Governance Committee.
  11. Changes onto Article VI Section 1c:
    1. Replace “Agenda Committee” with “Cabinet”
  12. Changes onto Article VI Section 3:
    1. Replace “The Outreach Committee will produce publications written by and for the Houston youth community at large using all forms of media.” with “The Outreach Committee will produce all forms of media created by and for the Houston youth community at large.”
  13. Changes onto Article VI Section 4:
    1. Replace “The Student Congress will invite guest speakers for congressional meeting” with “The Student Congress may invite guest speakers for congressional meetings.”
  14. Changes onto Article VI Section 5:
    1. Replace “The Student Congress will engage the Greater Houston community of business, labor, educator, and civic leaders, as well as parents, teachers, younger students, and others who play a vital role in student education.” with “The Student Congress will engage the entire Houston community of business, labor, civic leaders, parents, educators, school boards, and students, who play a vital role in student education.”
  15. Changes onto Article VI Section 6
    1. Congressional Meetings: Replace “Agenda Committee” with “Cabinet.”
  16. Additions onto Article VI Section 8
    1. Add “Representatives of”
    2. Add “the Cabinet may request the presence of the entire HISD Student Congress.”

AMENDMENTS RATIFIED JANUARY 10, 2015

  1. Addition onto Article III Section 2:
    1. Any HISD high school student who has attended at least one Student Congress meeting a semester and has joined at least one committee is a member of the HISD Student Congress.
  2. Changes onto Article IV Section 2a:
    1. Replace “Before the end of each school year, the Student Congress will elect members of the Cabinet for the following school year by a majority vote of the membership present at that meeting.” with “In March of each school year, the Student Congress will elect members of the Cabinet for the following school year by a majority vote of the membership present at that meeting. Each newly elected Cabinet member will begin their term at the conclusion of the school year. The incumbent will serve as a mentor to the newly elected Cabinet member. Candidates must hold official membership in the Congress before Election Day, according to Article III, Section 2a.”
  3. Addition onto Article IV Section 2b:
    1. Terms are held for one year. There are no term limits.
  4. Addition onto Article IV Section 2c:
    1. People running for the Chair of any Committee must be a member of that Committee. Any person who has established membership in the congress, as defined by Article III, section 2a, is eligible to vote in the Congress. Only members of a specific Committee may vote for the chairs of that Committee. Members shall only vote in the election of one Chair.
  5. Changes onto Article IV Section 2e:
    1. Replace “A candidate must be nominated by one fellow congressman or congresswoman other than his or her self. Their nomination must also be seconded.” with “A member must declare their candidacy to the Cabinet by the 1st of March.”

AMENDMENTS RATIFIED NOVEMBER 22, 2014

  1. Addition onto Article III Section 2:
    1. In addition to not discriminating on basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, the HISD Student Congress will not be particular of students because of their academic performance, political beliefs, their school as long as it resides in the district, nor any other reason.
  2. Addition onto Article III Section 3:
    1. Members of the Student Congress must acknowledge that the congress will only achieve its objectives through the generosity and dedication of the students involved.
  3. Addition onto IV Section 2d
    1. A candidate for a cabinet position must be in their junior or sophomore year of high school.

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