62-03 AN ACT TO CALL FOR A STUDENT REFERENDUM IN THE FALL ELECTION CYCLE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENT MEDIA FEE OVERSIGHT

Authors: Chair Samantha Hole, Director Zebulon Howell, Speaker Lane Cargile Co-Sponsor(s): Legislative Assistant Daniel Daugherty, Senator Alejandra Vargas, Director Greta Ripperda, Coordinator Liam Redington, Senator Emily Dopp, Chair Sarah Peters, Senator Luke Hruby

PURPOSE: To present the members of the Association with the decision to provide fiscal oversight of the University of Missouri Student Media Fee to the Student Fee Review Committee.

WHEREAS, the Student Fee Review Committee was created jointly by the Missouri Students Association and the Graduate Professional Council’s Articles of Cooperation to provide effectiveness, efficiency, and consistency when reviewing and making recommendations of standing student fees to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; AND,

WHEREAS, the adoption of Senate Bill 59-15, An Act to Call for A Referendum Regarding Student Media, and subsequent endorsement from members of the Association, created a $2.50 student fee per term; AND,

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 59-15 created the Student Media Advisory Board, which would provide strategic planning and visioning for the Maneater, MUTV, Livestream Mizzou, and KCOU; AND,

WHEREAS, a clerical error in the Spring 2020 election allowed for the passage and implementation of the Student Media Fee and creation of the Media Advisory Board, without taking into consideration the overview of SFRC and its invested powers; AND,

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri Student Media Team has requested that the Missouri Students Assocation works to alleviate this clerical oversight, providing them with increased fiscal accountability and flexibility; AND,

WHEREAS, providing oversight of SFRC will allow the Advisory Board and Student Media Team to request inflationary increases and other as-needed adjustments to their allocated student fee, in adherence to the standards and criteria established by SFRC.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION THAT the following language is to be presented to all undergraduate members of the University of Missouri – Columbia concerning the application of the Student Fee Review Committee purview to the Student Media Fee in the MSA Fall General Election:

“Do you approve of the Student Fee Review Committee fiscally overseeing the Student Media Fee?

Currently assessed at $2.50 per student per semester, the Student Media Fee supports the Maneater, MUTV, Livestream Mizzou, and KCOU. The passage of this fee in Spring 2020 created the Student Media Advisory Board (SMAB). Separately, the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC) assesses all student fees at the University of Missouri, except the 2020 Student Media Fee. If approved, this fee will continue to be overseen by SMAB, but add oversight to SFRC, maintaining consistency in student fee management. The Student Media fee shall still re-appear for consideration before the student body in 2024, as previously voted.”

[ ] Yes [ ] No

62-03 AN ACT TO CALL FOR A STUDENT REFERENDUM IN THE FALL ELECTION CYCLE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENT MEDIA FEE OVERSIGHT