The Senate chamber is growing. Seats used to be filled by simply filling out of an application, and if the delegate wanted a seat in the Senate, they would get it. To account for the future expected growth of the program, the number of people wanting a seat in the Senate is only going to rise. The Governor’s Cabinet passed a bill last session outlining how Senate seats will be allocated in the coming years. The bill guarantees two Senate seats for each delegation, with any remaining seats being distributed proportionally to the delegations based on the number of delegates in the Legislative branch. The jurisdiction of deciding who receives the remaining seats will be designated to the advisors of each delegation. A certain delegation could request additional seats, as some delegations are smaller and do not have as many Senate qualified participants. Extra seats will be reallocated proportionally to these delegations that request additional seats. This bill will make it so that the seats in the Senate will not raise above the allotted number, even with the expansion of the program. Unfortunately, in cases with large delegations, some delegates will not get a seat in the Senate that they desired. This bill may also bring in more experience to the Harvey and Nelson chambers because of this. The Governor’s Cabinet passed this bill unanimously and it will go into effect whenever the number of Senate applications exceeds the 36 seats available.
- Harrison Shepich
- YIG Memories 2017