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UISG endorses Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act

BY JONATHAN SOLIS | MARCH 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa Student Government passed a resolution supporting the proposed Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act on Tuesday, despite some concern.

The act would eliminate a distinction in existing tax law that would allow charitable and educational organizations to make grants to non-university-owned housing such as fraternities and sororities.

The act’s aim is to allow donations that would facilitate the maintenance of greek houses by installing sprinkler systems and other safety devices and Internet wiring.

The bill was brought to the attention of Congress in 2003 and continues to gain support, said student Megan Larkowski who spoke at the meeting, endorsing the bill.

This is the second year that UISG has voted in favor of the bill.

However, there may be some potential negative aspects to the bill, UISG Sen. Kyle Oskvig said.

“When I was reading over it, it gave me a bad taste in me mouth,” he said.

He said the proposed method of closing the tax-exemption loopholes would only open more.

“There’s nothing in the language that limits the donations to safety aspects,” Oskvig said. “Donations could be used for extraneous projects.”


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