Resolution roundup: Full senate passes virtual student ID resolution, weighs emergency contraceptive support

The resolution pushes for the implementation of virtual student IDs, which Solomon Davis originally supported during the MSA presidential campaign and a larger student health fee in order to provide access to emergency contraceptives on campus.

The Missouri Students Association senate passed a resolution during its April 2 full senate session that supports digitizing student IDs at MU.

The resolution, Senate Bill 58-27, follows the introduction of the idea by Solomon Davis’ “All In Mizzou” slate during the 2019 MSA presidential campaign. Davis, who ran for the body’s presidential office and currently chairs the senate’s external affairs committee, authored the resolution.

Davis originally listed the idea on the campaign’s website, now a site dedicated to transparency in student government and said it would modernize the process of using a student ID on campus.

“If you’ve ever lost your student ID, you know how much of hassle it can be,” Davis said in a Feb. 25 video about the proposal. “What we want to do is work with the ID office to allow you to use your student ID from your mobile phone.”

The resolution passed full senate with 22 yes votes and only two no votes. Following her victory in the presidential election, MSA President Jennifer Sutterer stated her intent to support the idea, according to (previous Maneater reporting)[https://www.themaneater.com/stories/news/sutterer-and-obriens-first-initiative-will-be-getting-narcan-on-campus-].

Senate to vote on emergency contraceptive bill

The MSA senate also will consider a resolution during its April 16 session that would support the increased accessibility of emergency contraceptives to students on campus.

The resolution, Senate Bill 58-30, was authored by Audrey Aton, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Mizzou, an organization founded in part to lobby for increased women’s health at MU.

The bill would request that MU investigate the costs of providing free emergency contraceptives to students on campus. In a previous presentation to full senate during the fall 2018 semester, the organization stated that they hoped the supply of contraceptives would average out to two Plan B pills per student.

More than 1,200 students have signed a petition to support the implementation of free emergency contraceptives on campus, according to the resolution’s language.

At the time of the first presentation to full senate, PPAM estimated that providing contraceptives would result in an increase in the yearly student health fee paid by MU students.

Edited by Ben Scott | bscott@themaneater.com

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