TALLAHASSEE — A circuit court judge sided with the Florida Legislature on Thursday in a lawsuit over who has authority to set tuition for the state's 11 public universities.
Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis ruled against former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham, who sued to establish the Board of Governors as the body responsible for setting tuition. Graham helped lead a citizen initiative that amended the Florida Constitution to create the board in 2002. The intent was to curtail political interference with the universities.
Graham's attorney, Robin Gibson, said he will appeal the decision to the 1st District Court of Appeal. The case is expected to wind its way to the Florida Supreme Court.