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Student Association President Phil Robinson filed a suit in student court Wednesday after the SA overrode his veto on the Financial Reform Act of 2002, which placed stronger checks on the executive branch.

“When something as blatantly unconstitutional as this occurs, I am simply forced to address it,” Robinson said. “It’s not something I want to address but something I am forced to.”

The bill gives the Senate Finance committee the ability to regulate the actions of the vice president of financial affairs, who allocates co-sponsorships and reimbursements.

Requiring checks on the VPFA’s authority to allocate co-sponsorship funds would slow funding to student groups, Robinson said.

The Senate disagreed with Robinson’s conclusions.

The changes initiated were sound and enacted what the body called “landmark reforms” on the way the SA deals with financial matters, Senator J.P. Blackford (G-SEAS) said.

While acknowledging the legislation was not perfect, Blackford said the legislation would “make substantial positive improvements” to the way things are run in the SA.

The override passed by more than two-thirds of the Senate.

The Senate is scheduled to meet again Oct. 22.

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