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

Ruben Romeo

Arie Abija

Diego Andrades

Devin Ayala

Matthew Ayala

Russell Agustin

Kevin Gutierrez

Hunter Hinson

Nivea Krishnan

Hana Li

Tommy Nguyen

Brian Stowe

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

See Senate minutes, updates, and more below.

Senate Legislation Tracker

See the current bills and reports going through the Senate!

Name and Number of BillDate IntroducedSponsoring Senator(s)Committee(s) AssignedVote SummaryDate of Final ActionDirected ActionFinal Status
Resolution for Dining Hall and Food Waste3/30/21Jack RasmussenLennon Wesley IIICathy DingAlexis AreiasDario ArganeseRuben Romeo Senate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Gatekeeper Training Resolution3/30/21Ruben RomeoCathy DingKate Vavra-MusserSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Constitution Amendment 13/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Constitution Amendment 23/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 13/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 23/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 33/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 43/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 53/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 63/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 73/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
Bylaw Amendment 83/30/21Alexis AreiasRuben RomeoMax GomezSenate Floor10-0-04/6/2021-Passed
TSA Vote of Confidence Results3/23/21Senate Floor10-0-03/16/2021-Passed
Parliamentarian Appointment3/16/2021Senate Floor11-0-03/16/2021-Passed
Resolution in Support of Myanmar Students3/9/2021Ruben Romeo, Cathy DingSenate Floor11-0-03/16/2021-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Chief Justice Appointment3/9/2021Senate Floor10-0-03/16/2021-Passed
Continuing Resolution: Calfresh GSG + USG3/9/2021Executive Board 2020-2021 Naomi RodgersMayra RodriguezJulian Lin Ruben RomeoAlexis AreiaSenate Floor11-0-03/16/2021-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Palestinian Flag Resolution3/9/2021Ruben Romeo, Julian LinSenate Floor11-0-03/16/2021-Delivered to Listed Recipients
3/9/2021Ruben Romeo, Julian LinSenate Floor11-0-03/16/2021-Delivered to Listed Recipients
President Gabe Savage3/9/2021Senate Floor-3/9/21-Presented
CFO Zach Taymuree3/9/2021Senate Floor-3/9/2021-Presented
CPO Jina Hur3/9/2021Senate Floor-3/9/21-Presented
VP Trinity Moore3/2/2021Senate Floor-3/2/2021-Presented
SOTS Ruben Romeo3/2/2021Senate Floor-3/2/21-Presented
CCO Shreya Chaudhary3/2/2021Senate Floor-3/2/2021-Presented
Elections Preliminary Results2/23/2021Senate Floor-2/23/21-Presented
CCO Shreya Chaudhary2/16/2021Senate Floor-2/16/2021-Presented
Creative Services Nominations2/9/2021Senate Floor9-0-12/16/2021-Passed
Spring 2021 Budget2/2/2021Senate Floor9-0-12/9/2021-Passes
President Gabriel Savage2/2/2021Senate Floor-2/2/2021-Presented
CFO Zach Taymuree2/2/2021Senate Floor-2/2/2021-Presented
COS Rachel Moten2/2/2021Senate Floor-2/2/2021-Presented
Spring 2021 Preliminary Programming Budget12/1/2020Senate Floor10-0-212/8/2020-Passed
2021 Elections Code11/10/2020Senate Floor12-0-012/1/2020-Passed
CPO Jina Hur11/10/2020Senate Floor-11/10/2020-Presented
NASA Vote of Confidence Results11/5/2020Senate Floor10-0-211/10/2020-Passed
DivestSC Resolution11/5/2020Senate Floor9-0-311/10/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Accessibility Fund Bylaw Amendment11/5/2020Senate Floor10-0-211/10/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Transfer Student Assembly Resolution11/5/2020Arganese, AreiasSenate Floor10-0-211/10/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
VP Trinity Moore11/5/2020Senate Floor-11/5/2020-Presented
CFO Zachariah Taymuree11/5/2020Senate Floor-11/5/2020-Presented
ISA Leadership Transition10/27/2020Senate Floor8-0-011/5/2020-Passed
PVACS Nominations10/20/2020Senate Floor12-0-010/27/2020-Passed
Communications Department Appointments Part 210/20/2020Senate Floor12-0-010/27/2020-Passed
Inter Semester Bylaw Amendment10/20/2020Senate Floor11-0-110/27/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Textbook Information Resolution10/20/2020Areias, WesleySenate Floor12-0-010/27/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Resolution in Support of BIPOC Students10/20/2020Wesley, Rodriguez, WiglerSenate Floor12-0-010/27/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
CCO Shreya Chaudhary10/20/2020Senate Floor-10/20/2020-Presented
CDO Lucy Warren10/20/2020Senate Floor-10/20/2020-Presented
Elections Commissions Appointments10/13/2020Senate Floor10-0-210/20/2020-Passed
Communications Department Appointments10/13/2020Senate Floor11-0-110/20/2020-Passed
Tenant Protections Resolution10/13/2020Lin, GomezSenate Floor12-0-010/20/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Senior Executive Aide Appointment10/13/2020Senate Floor10-1-110/20/2020-Passed
SFO Zachariah Taymuree10/13/2020Senate Floor-10/13/2020-Presented
CPO Jina Hur10/13/2020Senate Floor-10/13/2020-Presented
COS Rachel Moten10/13/2020Senate Floor-10/13/2020-Presented
2020-2021 Collaborative Working Agreement9/29/2020Senate Floor12-0-010/6/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
USG Fall 2020 Budget Proposal9/29/2020Senate Floor12-0-010/6/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Speaker of the Senate Ruben Romeo Updates9/29/2020Senate Floor-9/29/2020-Presented
Vice President Trinity Moore Updates9/29/2020Senate Floor-9/29/2020-Presented
President Gabe Savage Updates 9/29/2020Senate Floor-9/29/2020-Presented
TroyPhi Resolution of Support9/22/2020Ding, Gomez, ArganeseSenate Floor11-0-09/29/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
Executive Cabinet Appointments 2020-20219/15/2020Senate Floor10-1-09/22/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
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--
4/21/2020Romeo, 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
4/7/2020Gutierrez, RomeoSenate Floor12-0-04/14/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
4/7/2020Savage, 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
3/31/2020Robertson, 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
3/24/2020Garland, Donahue, RitchSenate Floor12-0-04/8/2020-Delivered to Listed Recipients
3/24/2020Robertson, 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
3/10/2020Senate 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
3/3/2020Robertson, 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
2/25/2020Donahue, 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
2/11/2020Robertson, 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
2/4/2020Senate 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
1/14/2020Senate 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

*Data has been truncated for brevity. Further details on Senate Resolutions, as well as the full text of all resolutions, can be found from the live legislation tracker.