New WVU Student Organization to Lobby State Legislature on Student Issues
Posted by WV Politics
A brand new student organization will be breaking new grounds for student advocacy in state government. Student Advocates for Legislative Achievement is a student organization which plans to lobby for student issues like textbook prices and landlord leases.
Student Government Association President Chris Lewallen said he believes the group has the power to be effective for the University’s representation in Charleston. The group’s first meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:00PM.
“Ideally, we want people to come to our meetings and give us the issues they feel are most important because we’re representing the student voice,” Ben Seebaugh, the SGA’s Director of Legislative Affairs, said. The group is not restricted to University issues, but will include student concerns within the Morgantown community, as well, he added.
“It’s about students’ issues formed by students, and we don’t want party politics to get involved,” Ryan Campione, SGA Governor, said. “We’re only focusing on issues that can benefit students and things that students really need,” the group will be as nonpartisan as possible, he added. To ensure a nonpartisan group, it will consist of two co-chairs, Seebaugh will represent Democratic ideals and Abby Sobonya, former SGA Governor and Director of Legislative Affairs, will represent Republican ideals. The group hopes this co-chair form of leadership will ensure bipartisanship.
The group plans to travel to Charleston as part of WVU Day at the Legislature and it plans to provide transportation to members and students who wish to attend, Campione said. While in Charleston, the group plans to meet with members of the House of Delegates to discuss concerns and issues relevant to the student population.
Students who are hesitant to join the Young Democrats or College Republicans, but still want to influence their government, should consider joining the Student Advocates for Legislative Advancement and do their part to influence government.
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