Legislative Branch

What We Do

The Legislative Branch of USG is the representative and decision-making body for undergraduate students, charged with staying in close contact with key administrators and students about important issues. This branch consists of Speaker of the Senate, 12 senators, and 6 Standing Committees. Their work is supported by the Parliamentarian, Secretary, and Legislative Aides. Together, they represent the interests of undergraduate students and create solutions to problems that represent a middle ground between students, staff, faculty, and the community.

The Senators

Alexis Areias

Max Gomez

Cathy Ding

Dario Arganese

Gabriel Savage

Ruben Romero

Kevin Gutierrez

Trinity Moore

Julian Lin

Lennon Wesley III

Mayra Rodriguez

The Standing Committees

The role of the Legislative Committees is to advocate for improvements in the student experience, and to ensure that the student voice is heard on-campus, especially regarding new campus initiatives and policies.

ACCESSIBILITY

ACADEMIC

EXTERNAL

  • USC’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • increasing awareness of the needs of students with disabilities
  • academic experience and learning environment for undergraduate students
  • immediate USC surrounding community
  • the relationship USC maintains with Los Angeles county and local government
  • other outside organizations

CAMPUS OPS. & SUSTAINABILITY

AFFORDABILITY &
BASIC NEEDS

WELLNESS

  •  infrastructure, safety, hospitality, and sustainable operations on campus
  • student’s financial barriers on-campus and access to basic needs
  • promotion of student health and wellbeing

What We’re Up To

Legislation Tracker

Name and Number of BillDate IntroducedSponsoring Senator(s)Committee(s) AssignedVote SummaryDate of Final ActionDirected ActionFinal Status
Executive Cabinet Appointments 2020-20219/15/2020Senate Floor9/22/2020-
PVP June 2020 COVID-19 Updates6/18/2020Senate Floor-6/18/2020-Presented
2020-2021 Office Policy Manual4/21/2020Senate Floor12-0-04/28/2020--
SB140-04: Establishment of an Inter-Semester Senatorial Committee4/21/2020Romeo, Arganese, Rodriguez, Savage, Gutierrez, Wesley III, WashingtonSenate Floor12-0-04/28/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
USG FY2021 Budget Allocations Proposal4/21/2020Senate Floor12-0-04/28/2020--
SB140-03: Stipend Bylaw Amendment4/21/2020Senate Floor12-0-04/28/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Resolution in Support of the Establishment of a Permanent Undocumented Trojan Resource Center (IDEAS)4/7/2020Gutierrez, RomeoSenate Floor12-0-04/14/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Resolution in Support of Incorporation of the Native American Student Assembly (NASA)4/7/2020 Savage, Romeo, Gutierrez, Lin Senate Floor12-0-04/14/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Officer Appointments 2020-20214/7/2020Senate Floor12-0-04/14/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
END OF TERM — SENATE 19/20******************************************
Senator Garcia Presentation4/7/2020Senate Floor-4/7/2020-Presented
Senator Ritch Presentation4/7/2020Senate Floor-4/7/2020-Presented
SB139-20 Resolution in Support of Incorporation of the Student Assembly for Accessibility3/31/2020Robertson, RosenthalSenate Floor12-0-04/9/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Senator Rosenthal Presentation3/31/2020Senate Floor-3/31/2020-Presented
Senator Shiff Presentation3/31/2020Senate Floor-3/31/2020-Presented
USG Senior Director of Communications March Updates3/31/2020Senate Floor-3/31/2020-Presented
USG Chief Diversity Officer March Updates3/31/2020Senate Floor-3/31/2020-Presented
USG Chief Diversity Officer Executive Cabinet Appointment3/24/2020Senate Floor12-0-03/31/2020-Passed
SB139-19 Resolution in Support of a First Year Course on Student Wellbeing3/24/2020Garland, Donahue, RitchSenate Floor12-0-04/8/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
SB139-18 Resolution in Support of Guaranteed Administrative Leave for USC Workers During COVID-19 Crisis3/24/2020Robertson, Rosenthal, Donahue, Ritch, GarciaSenate Floor-3/24/2020-Tabled
SB139-17 USG Restructuring: Bylaw Amendments3/24/2020Senate Floor12-0-03/31/2020-Passed
Senator McMorran Presentation3/24/2020Senate Floor-3/24/2020-Presented
Senator Robertson Presentation3/24/2020Senate Floor-3/24/2020-Presented
USG Vice President March Updates3/24/2020Senate Floor-3/24/2020-Presented
USG Treasurer March Updates3/24/2020Senate Floor-3/24/2020-Presented
USG Chief Programming Officer and Interim Senior Director of Programming Presentation3/10/2020Senate Floor11-1-03/24/2020-Passed
USG 2019-2020 Budget Reallocation3/10/2020Senate Floor-3/24/2020-Tabled
Senator Chuang Presentation3/10/2020Senate Floor-3/10/2020-Presented
Senator Anderson Presentation3/10/2020Senate Floor-3/10/2020-Presented
USG Speaker of the Senate Updates3/10/2020Senate Floor-3/10/2020-Presented
USG Chief of Staff Updates3/10/2020Senate Floor-3/10/2020-Presented
Special Events Committee Assistant Director Appointment3/3/2020Senate Floor10-0-03/10/2020-Passed
2020-2021 Executive Cabinet Appointments3/3/2020Senate Floor10-0-03/10/2020-Passed
SB139-16 Resolution Calling for the Relocation of the USC Title IX Office3/3/2020Robertson, Garland, Ritch, Anderson, Garcia, Rosenthal, Donahue, JohnsonSenate Floor10-0-03/10/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
USG Restructuring: Constitutional Amendments3/3/2020Senate Floor11-0-03/10/2020-Passed
Senator Johnson Presentation3/3/2020
Senator Khoshniyati Presentation3/3/2020
USG Senior Director of Programming March Updates3/3/2020
USG President March Updates3/3/2020
SB139-15 Resolution in Support of Establishment of a First Generation Plus Student Center2/25/2020Donahue, JohnsonSenate Floor10-0-03/3/2020-Passed
Senator Garland Presentation2/25/2020Senate Floor-2/25/2020-Presented
Senator Anderson Presentation2/25/2020Senate Floor-2/25/2020-Presented
USG Senior Director of Communication February Updates2/25/2020Senate Floor-2/25/2020-Presented
USG Treasurer February Updates2/25/2020Senate Floor-2/25/2020-Presented
USG Restructuring Proposal2/18/2020Senate Floor-2/25/2020-Tabled
Student Service Assembly Director Hiring2/18/2020Senate Floor12-0-02/25/2020-Passed
Senator Garcia Presentation2/18/2020Senate Floor-2/18/2020-Presented
Senator Chuang Presentation2/18/2020Senate Floor-2/18/2020-Presented
USG Vice President February 2020 Updates2/18/2020Senate Floor-2/18/2020-Presented
USG Chief Diversity Officer February 2020 Updates2/18/2020Senate Floor-2/18/2020-Presented
SB139-14 Resolution Calling on USC To Commit to Climate Conscious Investments2/11/2020Robertson, Rosenthal, Ritch, Johnson, Donahue, Garland, GarciaSenate Floor12-0-03/5/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Senator Shiff Presentation2/11/2020Senate Floor-2/11/2020-Presented
Senator Rosenthal Presentation2/11/2020Senate Floor-2/11/2020-Presented
USG Chief of Staff February Updates2/11/2020Senate Floor-2/11/2020-Presented
USG Speaker of the Senate February Updates2/11/2020Senate Floor-2/11/2020-Presented
Advocacy - External Affairs Director Hiring and Wellness Affairs Assistant Director Hiring2/4/2020Senate Floor12-0-02/11/2020-Passed
BSA AD Hiring2/4/2020Senate Floor12-0-02/11/2020-Passed
Lyte Presentation2/4/2020Senate Floor-2/4/2020-Presented
Senator Robertson Presentation2/4/2020Senate Floor-2/4/2020-Presented
Senator Ritch Presentation2/4/2020Senate Floor-2/4/2020-Presented
USG Senior Director of Programming February Updates2/4/2020Senate Floor-2/4/2020-Presented
USG President February Updates2/4/2020Senate Floor-2/4/2020-Presented
Bylaw Amendment: Assembly Incorporation1/28/2020Senate Floor12-0-01/28/2020-Passed
USG Senior Director of Communications January 2020 Updates 1/28/2020Senate Floor1/28/2020-Presented
USG Chief Diversity Officer January 2020 Updates1/28/2020Senate Floor1/28/2020-Presented
Elections Commissioner Hiring1/21/2020Senate Floor12-0-01/28/2020-Passed
USG Vice President January 2020 Updates1/21/2020Senate Floor-1/21/2020-Presented
USG Speaker of the Senate January 2020 Updates 1/21/2020Senate Floor-1/21/2020-Presented
USG Chief of Staff January 2020 Updates1/21/2020Senate Floor-1/21/2020-Presented
Black Student Assembly Hiring1/14/2020Senate Floor12-0-01/21/2020-Passed
Undergraduate Transportation Survey Results & Recommendations1/14/2020Senate Floor-1/14/2020-Presented
USG Senior Director of Programming January 2020 Updates1/14/2020Senate Floor-1/14/2020-Presented
USG Treasurer 2020 Updates 1/14/2020Senate Floor-1/14/2020-Presented
USG President January 2020 Updates1/14/2020Senate Floor-1/14/2020-Presented
Fall 2019 Budget Reallocation12/3/2019Senate Floor12-0-01/14/2020-Passed
Elections & Recruitment Assistant Director Hiring12/3/2019Senate Floor12-0-01/14/2020-Passed
Senator McMorran Presentation12/3/2019Senate Floor-12/3/2019-Presented
Senator Khoshniyati Presentation12/3/2019Senate Floor-12/3/2019-Presented
Chief Justice Appointment 12/3/2019Senate Floor-12/3/2019-Presented
Chief Diversity Officer December Update12/3/2019Senate Floor-12/3/2019-Presented
Senior Director of Communications December Update12/3/2019Senate Floor-12/3/2019-Presented
SB139-13: Resolution on the Incorporation of the Student Assembly for Accessibility 11/19/2019Robertson, Rosenthal Senate Floor12-0-012/13/2019-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Senator Johnson Presentation11/19/2019Senate Floor-11/19/2019-Presented
Senator Garland Presentation11/19/2019Senate Floor-11/19/2019-Presented
USG Treasurer November Updates11/19/2019Senate Floor-11/19/2019-Presented
USG Vice President November Update11/19/2019Senate Floor-11/19/2019-Presented
Senator Garcia Presentation11/12/2019Senate Floor-11/12/2019-Presented
Senator Chuang Presentation11/12/2019Senate Floor-11/12/2019-Presented
Speaker of the Senate November Update11/12/2019Senate Floor-11/12/2019-Presented
Chief of Staff November Update11/12/2019Senate Floor-11/12/2019-Presented
SB139-11: Resolution on the Transfer Forgiveness Program11/5/2019Johnson, Ritch, RosenthalSenate Floor12-0-011/27/2019-Delivered to Listed Recipients
SB 139-10: Resolution In Support of USC Service Worker Contract Renegotiation11/5/2019Chuang, Anderson, Donahue Senate Floor12-0-011/27/2019-Delivered to Listed Recipients
SB139-12: USG Elections Code 2020/ Presentation11/5/2019 Senate Floor11-0-111/19/2019-Passed
Senator Anderson Updates11/5/2019Senate Floor-11/5/2019-Presented
Senator Shiff Presentation11/5/2019Senate Floor-11/5/2019-Presented
USG Senior Director of Programming 2019 Updates11/5/2019Senate Floor-11/5/2019-Presented
USG President November 2019 Updates11/5/2019Senate Floor-11/5/2019-Presented
SB139-9: VOID
SB139-8: Joint Resolution in Support of CalFresh at USC Campus Eateries10/22/2019Donahue, Khoshniyati Senate Floor12-0-012/4/2019EndorsementDelivered to Listed Recipients
SB139-7: Resolution in Support of ASUU's Concerns Regarding the Death of Lauren McCluske10/22/2019Donahue, Garland, Anderson, McMorranSenate Floor12-0-011/26/2019EndorsementDelivered to Listed Recipients
Senator Ritch Presentation10/22/2019Senate Floor-10/22/2019-Presented
Senator McMorran Presentation 10/22/2019Senate Floor-10/22/2019-Presented
Senior Director of Communications October 2019 Updates 10/22/2019Senate Floor-10/22/2019-Presented
Chief Diversity Officer October 2019 Updates 10/22/2019Senate Floor-10/22/2019-Presented
Senator Johnson Presentation10/15/2019Senate Floor-10/15/2019-Presented
Senator Khoshniyati Presentation10/15/2019Senate Floor-10/15/2019-Presented
USG Treasurer Updates October 201910/15/2019Senate Floor-10/15/2019-Presented
USG Chief of Staff Updates October 201910/15/2019Senate Floor-10/15/2019-Presented
SB139-6: SLAC Support Resolution10/8/2019Donahue, McMorranSenate Floor11-0-010/27/2019EndorsementDelivered to Listed Recipients
Senator Garland Updates10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
Senator Garcia Updates10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
Senator Anderson Updates10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
USG Judicial Council Hiring10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
USG Fall 2019 Hiring10/8/2019Senate Floor11-0-010/15/2019-Passed
USG Speaker of the Senate October 2019 Updates10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
USG Vice President October 2019 Updates10/8/2019Senate Floor-10/8/2019-Presented
Pro Consent Reusable Cups10/1/2019Senate Floor-10/1/2019-Tabled
Senator Chuang Updates10/1/2019Senate Floor-10/1/2019-Presented
USG Senior Director of Programming October 2019 Updates10/1/2019Senate Floor-10/1/2019-Presented
USG President October 2019 Updates10/1/2019Senate Floor-10/1/2019-Presented
USG-Student Affairs Collaborative Working Agreement9/24/2019Anderson, Chuang, Donahue, Garcia, Garland, Johnson, McMorran, Ritch, Rosenthal, ShiffSenate Floor-9/24/19-Passed
USG Senior Director of Communications September 2019 Updates9/24/2019-Senate Floor-9/24/19-Presented
USG Chief Diversity Officer September 2019 Updates9/24/2019-Senate Floor-9/24/19-Presented
USG Treasurer September 2019 Updates9/17/2019-Senate Floor-9/17/19-Presented
USG Vice President September 2019 Updates9/17/2019-Senate Floor-9/17/19-Presented
SB139-5: Publication of USC Learning Evaluations for Students9/17/2019Anderson, Chuang, Donahue, Garcia, Garland, Johnson, McMorran, Ritch, Rosenthal, ShiffSenate Floor12-0-010/4/19Call to ActionDelivered to Listed Recipients
Chief of Justice Appointment Presentation9/10/2019-Senate Floor-9/17/19TabledTabled
USG Speaker of the Senate September 2019 Updates9/10/2019-Senate Floor-9/10/2019-Presented
USG Chief of Staff September 2019 Updates9/10/2019-Senate Floor-9/10/2019-Presented
USG President September 2019 Updates9/3/2019-Senate Floor-9/3/2019-Presented
USG Senior Director of Programming September 2019 Updates9/3/2019-Senate Floor-9/3/2019-Presented
SB139-4: In Support of the USC Trojan Council8/27/2019Donahue, RobertsonSenate Floor12-0-09/9/2019EndorsementDelivered to Listed Recipients
SB139-3: Statement of Support for California Assembly Bill 15104/23/2019Ritch, McMorran, Johnson, Robertson, Garland, Shiff, Donahue, Chuang, KhoshniyatiSenate Floor10-0-05/10/2019EndorsementDelivered to Listed Recipients
SB139-2: Reintroduction of SB138-8 for Continuing Approval4/16/2019Chuang, JohnsonSenate Floor10-0-04/23/2019Continuing ApprovalEnacted
SB139-1: Reintroduction of SB138-5 for Continuing Approval4/16/2019Garland, JohnsonSenate Floor10-0-04/23/2019Continuing ApprovalEnacted
END OF TERM — SENATE 18/19******************************************
Code of Ethics Amendements Omnibus Bill3/26/2019CraneSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Amend Code of EthicsAwaiting Approval from USC Student Affairs
Bylaw Amendments Omnibus Bill3/26/2019CraneSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Amend BylawsAwaiting Approval from USC Student Affairs
Constitutional Amendments Omnibus Bill3/26/2019CraneSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Amend ConstitutionAwaiting Approval from USC Student Affairs
Res. 1203262019 -- University of Southern California as a Sanctuary Campus3/26/2019BwerevuSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019EndorsementEnacted
Res. 0903262019 -- USC Learning Experience Evaluations Resolution3/26/2019Tan, Crane, Gupta, Sherman, GeschwindSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Call to ActionEnacted
Res. 0803262019 -- Funding of Undergraduate Student Government Endowment via Unspent Budget3/26/2019Crane, Sherman, TanSenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Allocation of FundsEnacted
Res. 0703262019 -- Improved Representation in Von Kleinsmid Center Flag Installation3/26/2019Bwerevu, Lane, MurphySenate Floor12-0-04/2/2019Call to ActionEnacted
Res. 0502192019 -- Implementation of Bystander Training for Student Organization Leadership2/19/2019Crane, Gupta, Halperin, Savage, Tan, Geschwind, Bwerevu, Sherman, KohantebSenate Floor12-0-02/26/2019EndorsementEnacted