Suit over power to set tuition reaches Fla. Supreme Court

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:43 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — A dispute over who has the power to set state university tuition and fees has arrived in the Florida Supreme Court.

A group that includes former Gov. Bob Graham filed an appeal last Friday. Now, it's up to the justices to decide whether to take the case.

Graham, also a former U.S. senator, contends the Board of Governors should have tuition- and fee-setting authority as part of its duty to oversee the State University System.

The Legislature argues that it alone has that power. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the lawmakers.

The Graham group bases its argument on a state constitutional amendment that created the board in 2002. Graham led a citizen initiative that collected signatures to put the amendment on the ballot.

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