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Court throws out Rivera's Cuba academic travel ban bill

U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz has struck down Florida’s Travel Act, Miami Rep. David Rivera's bill to ban academic research in countries labeled as terrorist states including Cuba.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the lawsuit in June 2006 challenging the ban enacted on behalf of Florida International University’s Faculty Senate and six professors at other Florida universities. The bill was passed by the 2006 legislature.

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