UO Administration and ASUO Constitution Court deny OSPIRG’s four proposed ballots for the 2014 spring election

The University of Oregon Administration made its recommendation on March 11 to not place all four of OSPIRG’s proposals on the spring election ballot. The ASUO Constitution Court agrees with the administration’s ruling and will not put the proposals on the ballot.

The four ballot measures were sent to the administration after the court thought that OSPIRG’s proposal’s involved interpreting federal law, which the court didn’t feel was its position to interpret.

Two of OSPIRG’s proposals dealt with the ASUO financing OSPIRG at a high enough level that they could  hire professional staffers to conduct research and represent OSPIRG  in Salem and Washington D.C. The administration decided against the proposal, as well as OSPIRG’s other proposal which asked for the organization to be funded at $1.60 per student per term indefinitely. The $1.60 would be added onto the incidental fee.

In regards to that decision, the administration said that “there is no existing legal authority that would provide for such a vote to be binding on the State Board of Higher Education, as the incidental fee is recommended to the board and is not a direct decision by students.”

With the spring elections happening during the second and third week of spring term, OSPIRG will not have enough time to propose another set of ballot measures for the constitution court’s approval.

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