CSU Student Government Wins Awards at Student Legislature Fall Session
Charleston Southern University Student Government Association members were awarded Best Small Delegation at the fall session of South Carolina Student Legislature. CSU SGA president and delegation chair, Dylan Gunnels, was elected Speaker of the House for 2014.
Also, freshman Jaymeson Lane, a communication major, won Best Oral Argument for the Supreme Court at SCSL.
“SCSL is an opportunity for select individuals from colleges and universities across the state to come together as delegations and learn the legislative process through a hands-on approach,” said Gunnels.
Six bills presented by SGA members were signed into law. The laws were entered into the SCSL Journal of Acts and Resolutions, which will be presented to South Carolina legislators for consideration as state law. Right on Red, the South Carolina law that enables drivers to make a right turn at a red light, was originally a bill signed into law by the SCSL.
"SCSL is a completely student-run organization that seeks to educate South Carolina’s students about the functions of democratic government and to provide a forum for student debate on public policy issues,' said Gunnels. "We have one session in the fall semester and one session in the spring semester in which we debate bills just as the representatives do in Columbia. If the bill passes the Senate and the House and is signed by the governor then it becomes law. We also argue a mock case in the Supreme Court.”
Gunnels said, “What I enjoy most about being in SGA is the ability to be a voice for the students in situations where they feel they are not being heard. I am excited about the future of SGA in which the Senate body will have a greater opportunity to pass legislation and make key changes on campus.”
He is also looking forward to serving as SCSL Speaker of the House next year. “I am excited to be working with an Executive Committee that cares as much about the organization as I do. We have a lot of similar goals and ideas regarding funding, alumni, longevity and organizational relationships, etc. It is going to be a fun year."