The Judicial branch on Monday released its interpretation of the election amendment taking effect this semester. The ruling follows the spirit of the amendment splitting majors into colleges for the election.
Although well-intentioned, amendment two could not anticipate the removal of colleges. The amendment was left to the Judicial branch to interpret for this election.
Last Senate session, the amendment was passed and voted for by students. Anticipating the addition of 3 new major programs this fall, the three new senate seats under the previous allotment would drastically alter the makeup and fairness of the Senate. It aimed to improve representation in the Senate (which is currently apportioned by academic major) by splitting the Senate into college instead of majors.
Chief Tyler Garrison, Justice Kara Baldwin, and Justice Kolby Dutcher delivered the opinion of the court. Justice Reagan Cuthbertson and Justice Antonio Hendricks had separate dissenting opinions.