According to the Constitution
The Speaker of the Senate shall be elected by a 60 percent vote of the Senate at the second regular meeting following May elections and shall be a member of the MSSA. The Speaker shall not be a voting member of the Senate, a member of the Constitution Commission, or hold any other MSSA staff position. The Speaker shall be the chief administrative officer of the Senate; shall preside over the Senate meetings; set the agenda, make recommendations to the Senate regarding recognition of individual organizations; with the assistance of the secretary, keep the records of all minutes; and perform other duties as the Senate may direct. The Speaker shall be responsible for all administrative correspondence which results from Senate action, and shall forward to the University President any Senate action requiring University response and request the University President to respond in writing to the Senate within a specified time.
The Speaker may recommend amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. The Speaker shall have the sole authority during Senate meetings to interpret this Constitution and its Bylaws. The Speaker's interpretations are subject to subsequent appeal to the Constitution Commission.
In the event of simultaneous permanent vacancies in the office of the President and Vice President, the Speaker of the Senate shall assume the duties of the President until a special election is held.