Published: Oct 12, 2011 4:00 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An appellate court says the Florida Legislature has ultimate authority to set tuition rates at state universities.
A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.
The unanimous opinion affirmed a trial court ruling that rejected a claim the Board of Governors - not lawmakers - had authority over tuition rates.
That argument was made by a group that includes former Gov. Bob Graham.
Graham led a citizen initiative that created the Board of Governors through an amendment to the Florida Constitution. Graham is also a former U.S. senator.
The appeal panel ruled that amendment did not shift the Legislature's authority over tuition rates to the board.

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