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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Florida Board of Governors and former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham resubmitted their tuition lawsuit against the state Legislature late Monday afternoon.

The board, the State University System's highest governing body, joined Graham's lawsuit against the state Legislature in July to fight for the authority to set tuition at the Florida's 11 public universities.

The lawsuit argues that the board, not the Legislature, has tuition-setting power because Florida citizens voted to create the board in 2004 and charged it with full management of the university system.

In December, a Leon County judge ruled that the board and Graham failed to show standing in the case. They had until Monday to submit evidence showing how the Legislature interferes with the board's constitutional duty by setting tuition.

The amended complaint against the Legislature states that Graham is eligible to sue because he is a state citizen, taxpayer and former public official.

In addition, he is the chairman of the corporation in charge of UF's new Graham Center for Public Service, which needs funding from tuition.

The board is eligible because it was created to "operate, regulate, control and be fully responsible for the management of the whole state university system," the complaint states.

Bill Edmonds, the board's spokesman, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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