Associated Students of Lane Community College representatives testified Feb. 19 and March 3 in favor of S.B. 1581, a bill that would guarantee students’ access to voter registration and other services.
If passed, S.B. 1581 would require every institution of higher learning to give its student government, and any officially recognized student group, permission to provide voter registration services on campus.
ASLCC tables OSPIRG’s Citizens United resolution
During the ASLCC’s March 5 meeting, the Oregon Students Public Interest Research Group submitted a resolution to the ASLCC that would condemn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Elections Committee.
The high-court ruling set the precedent that money was protected under free-speech clauses in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
OSPIRG board member Scott Compton said he felt Lane student leaders find the preservation of democracy important as well.
“We’re trying to pass a resolution ending corporate personhood and ending Citizens United,” Compton said. “This isn’t right. This isn’t how we should be running our democracy.”
ASLCC Treasurer Zach Wais said OSPIRG’s resolution could not be passed as-is, because of problems in wording. The resolution called for the college itself to adopt the resolution instead of the college’s student government.
“I would very much like to pass this,” Wais said. “It’s something I believe in.”
The ASLCC Senate voted to table the resolution.
Religious Diversity Alliance ratified
Also at the March 5 meeting ASLCC ratified a new club. Senator Francisco “Kiko” Gomez spearheaded efforts to bring the Religious Diversity Alliance to fruition.
ASLCC President Paul Zito was absent from the meeting.