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University system: Rivera and Legislature are wrong

In another sign of its growing independence, the panel that runs Florida's university system has told a federal judge to throw out part of a state law that bans colleges from spending money to send professors to Cuba and other ''state sponsors'' of terrorism.

The move by Florida's Board of Governors aligns the appointed board closer with the ACLU, which last year filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of university professors and the Florida International University faculty senate challenging the ban. But Rep. David Rivera, the Miami Republican and sponsor of the law, isn't happy about that.

The change in legal positions happened after the board dropped Attorney General Bill McCollum as its attorney and instead hired the firm of Holland & Knight. More here.