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Court says lawmakers control university tuition
Source: Orlando Sentinel, 01/31/13
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The Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected an argument that would have allowed the Board of Governors to set tuition rates without limits, saying the Legislature could restrain the board or even set the rates itself.
The ruling in the case, Graham v. Haridopolos, resolves a key question about the board's power under the 2002 constitutional amendment that created the panel, replacing the Board of Regents. Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham had argued that the BOG could set tuition rates without interference from lawmakers.
But writing for the majority, Justice Barbara Pariente said the Legislature's authority to control how state money is spent was tied to the ability to raise money to pay for those expenses -- including tuition.