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Florida lawmakers should set university tuition, court rules



From our friends at The Gradebook: Since the establishment of the Florida Board of Governors, there's been a dispute over who retains control of tuition charges -- the Legislature, or the BOG.

The First District Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that it's the lawmakers' role, upholding a lower court opinion.

"We are unaware of any entity other than the Legislature in the history of our state that has been authorized by the Florida Constitution to exercise the quintessential legislative power of raising and appropriating state funds. Thus, if as Appellants contend, such authority was vested in the Board by Amendment 11, it would be an unprecedented change in our state’s government," the court wrote in part of its ruling, noting that university tuition and fees are "unquestionably state funds."

-- Jeff Solochek, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:53pm]


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