Florida Supreme Court takes up lawsuit over tuition
From our friends at the Buzz:
Fresh from smacking down the state Senate redistricting maps as unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court has decided to take up another lawsuit targeting Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island.
This time, the court will rule over whether the state lawmakers—and not universities—have the power to set tuition rates. Currently, the Legislature sets tuition increases, with universities held to a 15-percent cap with additional tuition differential hikes.
A group, led by former Gov. Bob Graham, former Florida State University President Talbot "Sandy" D’Alemberte and other university officials, sued the Legislature in 2007, stating that universities have tuition-setting rights, under the Constitution.
The First District Court of Appeals sided with lawmakers in a December decision, stating that the Legislature had “power of the purse” and authority to set tuition rates for the state’s 11 universities.