Two high-ranking members of ASB student government resign


Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

An earlier version of this story falsely reported that David Hylton had resigned from the ASB Student Senate. In fact, he remains on the Senate having only resigned his director of activities position.

Two high-ranking members of the Associated Student Body Student Senate resigned from their positions Thursday as the Senate considered censuring another prominent member.

Kenneth Hinton, director of legislative affairs, resigned from the Senate. Hinton cited commitments at Sacramento State University, which he transferred to last fall.

David Hylton resigned from his position as director of activities after it became apparent that himself and Jeremy Diefenbacher, president of the Clubs and Events Board, might be censured.

A censure is a procedure used by a legislative body to publicly disapprove of a member.

Both Hylton and Diefenbacher were sent home early from a conference in Los Angeles after an incident “regarding substances,” according to Senate director of public relations Cameron Weaver.

Tamara Dunning, who is acting as ASB Student Senate President, said that the censure was a disciplinary action.

“The senate does not have the authority to have any disciplinary action. However, Robert’s Rule allows us to have a censure, which is a vote of we disagree. We don’t condone this,” said Dunning. “As far as discipline, that goes to (dean of student development) Manuel Perez.”

Senator Garett Kegel made the motion to censure David Hylton. In an unexpected turn of events, Diefenbacher motioned for the Senate to censure himself. The censures were postponed until the next meeting of the board.

Upon hearing about the resignations, Dunning thanked Hylton and Hinton for the time they served on the board.

Both Hinton and Hylton have both expressed that they are both struggling juggling both ASB and school.

Senator Samuel Kinsey replaced Kenneth Hinton as director of legislative affairs and Senator Garett Kegel replaced Hylton as director of activities.

Last week’s $5,000 increase in the March in March budget was ruled out of order as it wasn’t placed on the agenda beforehand. The maximum budget therefore remains $17,000.

The Senate also passed term limits. Student senate presidents can only be apart of the senate for a maximum of three years. The term limits were proposed by Kegel, who argued that ARC was the only campus who does not impose term limits on their ASB board members.

Hylton argued against the term limits, saying that if a student is capable of being a good member of the Senate, nothing should stand in the way of the voters to elect them.

“I don’t think they took account that we don’t have the same level as participation that we have this year,” said Hylton.

Cameron Weaver, the senate’s director of public relations, said that if a student has been at the school for over three years, then they need to move on.

Kegel disagreed, saying that more students would get involved in a less-entrenched ASB.

Weaver took the time during public comment to ask Manuel Perez, the dean of student services, how would a student go about asking for information regarding the invalidation of Jorge Riley.