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ASUA to approve election results

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona will meet tonight to review the Appropriations Board Consent Agenda, approve the 2010-11 election results and hear a request from Arizona Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG).

“”It should be a pretty big meeting,”” said ASUA Executive Vice President Emily Fritze.

ASUA officials will read over the consent agenda, which allocated $3,254.46 of the requested $13,101.31 club funding.

There will also be a brief ratification of the election results, Fritze said.

PIRG will be at the meeting to request a special election for students to vote on a $1.50 per semester refundable student fee. PIRG, which did not make it onto the ASUA general elections ballot on March 9, will ask the senate to approve the special election.

PIRG is a non-profit, non-partisan, student-run public interest advocacy group that is hoping to become a student-funded chapter.

Senator Leo Yamaguchi sponsors the item, Fritze said.

“”I support the right for the students to vote,”” Yamaguchi said.

The senate plans to vote on PIRG’s request tonight during a special election.

“”There’s probably a lot of conversation about whether approving the special election is a reflection on the senators’ own opinions on the fee or giving student group the right to seek out a fee,”” Fritze said.

Fritze was unsure whether a special election had ever taken place before.

The senate will also request up to $300 to spend on senate transition materials and administrative costs.

“”We want to get the funds to purchase binders and operational costs for transitioning the new senate,”” Fritze said.

The 2010-11 senate class will not have access to their budget until the new fiscal year, according to the meeting agenda.

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