Letter to the Editor: SGA has no intent for secrecy
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Updated: Monday, November 21, 2011 13:11
A recent editorial published in "The Ranger" on Oct. 24 accused the Student Government Association and its officers of violating the State of Texas Open Meetings Act.
It was a well-written article that may have caused concern within the student body about the SGA's intent.
However, the editorial writer did not take the time to determine if SGA actually falls under the law as written.
A review by the Texas Attorney General's office has confirmed that student organizations not funded by tax dollars, like SGA, are not governed by the Texas Open Meetings Act.
So although we do try to hold ourselves to the standards of these laws, we are in no way legally bound to them.
Furthermore, we do not vote or make decisions in executive sessions. We simply use this time to discuss and review internal issues.
Rest assured, if it is something that concerns the students at SAC, it will be discussed in an open meeting.
There is no attempt at secrecy on our part. In fact, we strongly implore all SAC students to come to our meetings to help us identify the relevant issues on campus today.
We are your Student Government representatives and are here to voice student issues and concerns.
We have had success with the issues we have brought forward so far this year and need help from the students so that we can do even more.
Please attend our meetings, be proactive and bring forth suggestions so that we can enhance our educational experience together.
Student Government Association