Student Association Sen. Logan Dobson (CCAS-U) filed a complaint with the Student Court Wednesday, alleging that a bill regarding SA finances is unconstitutional and should be declared null and void.
SA President Vishal Aswani signed the bill in question into law Tuesday night.
Dobson, a sophomore claims the piece of legislation — which guarantees that a student organization representing a college within GW is guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 in the SA’s initial allocations period and allows them to make any decision with that money that they please — goes against the SA’s constitution.
“The constitution tells the SA that they have to keep tabs on the money that the SA gives out and this bill takes money where it can’t be seen, infringing on that responsibility,” Dobson said. “It authorizes student orgs to take their SA money and put it into private accounts.”
During his tenure as an SA senator, Dobson has made financial transparency one of his main priorities.
Last semester, Dobson successfully sponsored a bill which opened up SA financial records to any student wishing to see them. This bill, Dobson said, goes against the nature of his financial transparency bill passed last fall.
“I’m of the opinion that financial allocations are, in the end, the only really important thing that the Senate does,” Dobson said. “So transparency must be of the utmost importance.”
If the Court agrees to hear Dobson’s case, it will be the third case in one year.
A copy of Dobson’s complaint can be found here.