Student Senate Overturns Presidential Veto of HEA Reform Resolution 5/12/00

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On April 27, The George Washington University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) introduced a resolution at the last Senate meeting condemning the Higher Education Act of 1998 (HEA) drug provision, which delays or denies financial aid to any student with a drug conviction. The resolution had received widespread student support and passed by a vote of more than 20-to-1. Former Student Association President Caity Leu vetoed the resolution several days later.

Following Leu's veto, GWU SSDP lobbied student Senators to call an emergency meeting to override the veto. On May 5th, the Student Association reconvened during final exams for an emergency Senate meeting. The veto was overridden by a two-thirds vote.

GWU SSDP President Kristy Gomes said, "This sends a message that students care deeply about this issue. The student Senators called for an emergency meeting solely to condemn this law. Congress should take note and repeal the HEA drug provision."

Former President Caity Leu told the Week Online, "The democratic process was followed and the Senate decided it was an important enough issue to override my veto." David Burt, former Senator and incoming president of the Student Association, called President Leu's veto "unjust and unwarranted."

(See our HEA action alert below.)

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