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ANOPENLETTERFROMTEXASA&MSTUDENTBODYPRESIDENT,JOHNL.CLAYBROOK Howdy, Aftermuchresearchanddeliberation,IhaveconfidentlydecidedtovetoS.B.6570,TheReligious FundingExemptionbill.Evenwithoutthewordingthatspecifiedparticulargroupsthatwouldbe affectedinthefinalversionofthisbill,thesentimenttowardsthebillhasnotchangedandhascaused greatharmtoourreputationasastudentbodyandtothestudentsfeelingdisenfranchisedbythisbill. Oneofthemajorargumentsusedinthepassageofthisbillhasbeenbroughtintoquestion.Tomake mattersclear,thereiscurrentlynooptionforstudentstooptoutofpayingfees.Rather,inactuality, thereisaStudentFiscalAppealProcess,whichwillconsiderappealsinvolvingissuesrelatedtothe applicationofUniversityStudentFiscalPolicy. ThemainpremiseofS.B.6570istosupportthecurrentstandingprocessofallowingstudentswho object,forreligiousandmoralpurposes,totheuseoftheirstudentfeesandtuition(and)tooptoutof payinganamountequaltotheirshareoftheservicefundingfromtheirfeeandtuitionmoney.Sinceno suchcurrentstandingprocessexistsasisdescribedinthebill,S.B.6570servesnopurpose.However, whatthisbillrepresentsstillremainsandmustbedoneawaywith.

h. Althoughmuchadjustedinitsfinalform,thegoodaccomplishedthroughthisbillpalesincomparisonto thedamagedone.Thedamagemuststoptoday.TexasA&Mstudentsrepresentourcorevalueof respectexceptionallyandImveryproudofthefamilyatthisuniversity.Now,morethanever,isthe timetoshowgreatresolveandcometogether,treatingeachotherlikethefamilythatweare. GodBlessandGigEm, JohnClaybrook13 StudentBodyPresident TexasA&MUniversity E:sbp@tamu.edu|T:@tamu_sbp

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