In an emergency meeting today, the student body Senate adopted resolution 06-07 in opposition to HB 7087, which would merge University Florida and Florida Polytechnic University. The bill has been referred to the Florida House Appropriations Committee and will tentatively be heard on Tuesday, 02/25.
Although the resolution only represents the Senate, heads of all the SGA branches (Senate, Executive, Judicial) sponsored the resolution. It is the first resolution to be adopted in over two years. The resolution passed unanimously of those in attendance. It required a supermajority. Senate President Connor Coddington said in an email “we felt it was important to make our voices heard.”
The resolution will be sent to University Student Development and the Vice Provost as well as the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.
The Executive branch in a meeting also opposed the bill unanimously.