Florida law still blocks Cuba academic travel
Academics around the country hailed the move last week by President Barack Obama's administration to loosen travel restrictions to Cuba. But there was no celebrating by scholars at Florida's public universities. A 2006 state law -- sponsored by Sen. Mike Haridopolos and then-state Rep. David Rivera -- prohibits them from using state money or tapping into their budgets for travel to countries considered "terrorist states" by the federal government, Cuba being one. The others are Iran, Sudan and Syria. The rule applies both to state funding and non-state funds administered by public universities. Margaret Miller, director of the University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art, calls the law an embarrassment. Read more about it here.