By Yesenia CamachoTexas A&M University-San Antonio’s Student Government Association board met Friday evening to discuss a proposed house bill currently underway that would establish a one week tax-free statute for textbook purchases. Also on the student government meeting agenda was the need to push awareness about the existence of the association and their participation in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.Student Government President Zaira Rodriguez was in Austin last week for the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board with SGA member Richard Delgado and Student Regent Cresencio Davila. The group met with legislators on key issues affecting SGA and the student body of Texas A&M-San Antonio. Rodriguez stated that senators in Austin are looking into the possibility of hearing student testimonials in order to strengthen the house bill proposal.
“The effectiveness of the testimonies will depend on the cost of students’ textbooks in comparison to their tuition,” Rodriguez said.
Another topic discussed by SGA members was the need to push awareness about the existence of student government. Many students, SGA agreed, are not aware of the governing student body at the University.
This past weekend SGA members took turns volunteering at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo where they passed out Texas A&M University-San Antonio informational material to raise awareness of the institution’s existence among rodeo attendees.