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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Student Bar Association Senate revokes bill purchasing sweatshirts for senators

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Student Bar Association Sen. Andrew Trinker said the senate rescinded the bill after dozens of students voiced concerns in a letter to senators.

The Student Bar Association Senate unanimously rescinded a bill Tuesday that would have used extra funds to buy SBA senators matching sweatshirts.

In an emergency meeting, incoming SBA senators overturned legislation the body passed last week that would have allocated $1,000 in leftover student assistance funds to purchase quarter-zip sweatshirts for current senators. The incoming senators said the extra funds would be better spent supporting law students who need financial assistance.

SBA Sen. Andrew Trinker, one of the senators who called the emergency meeting, said he did not expect the senate to unanimously overturn the legislation, but the senators’ decision made him “very optimistic” about incoming legislators. He said the senate rescinded the legislation after dozens of students voiced their concerns about the use of the additional funds, and he encouraged students to continue holding the body accountable through letter-writing campaigns and similar initiatives.

“For members of the community, we do hear you, we do listen,” Trinker said. “Keep talking.”

At the meeting, two students read off a letter signed by more than 50 students denouncing the original legislation. The letter called on the senate to funnel the extra money into the student assistance fund, a reserve that allots money to students who need help covering expenses like medical care or housing fees.

“From the moment this fund was announced, senators should have recognized its importance and worked to ensure that every unused dollar under their control was allocated to this initiative,” the letter states.

The students said in the letter that the senate’s “self-serving actions” were disrespectful to current law students and caused students to lose trust in the organization.

“We hope that now, a week later, you can recognize that the students in this school deserve to have leaders who will put the general student body’s interest above their own individual interests and that the importance of the assistance fund far surpasses your desire for free senate ‘swag,’” the letter states.

SBA Sen. Courtney Dickson, a co-sponsor of the original bill to purchase sweatshirts, said she had intended for the legislation to “support the unity of the senate as a collective body.”

“After hearing from my constituents and the community at large, I rescinded my resolution and supported any resolution or bill that seeks to rescind the resolution,” Dickson said in an email.

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