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Judge dismisses students' lawsuit against regents

Judge dismisses students' lawsuit against regents

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 1, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a student advocacy group's lawsuit against the state university system.
   
The Arizona Students' Association contended the Board of Regents violated the group's constitutional free-speech rights when it changed a policy on the group's funding.
   
The change made payment of a student fee to support the association an opt-in process instead of opt-out.
   
ASA argued that the regents made the change in retaliation for supporting a failed ballot measure for a sales-tax increase.
   
District Judge John Sedwick ruled that it was voluntary for the state to collect the fee and that the policy change wasn't a First Amendment violation.
   
The suit was filed before the Legislature approved legislation to bar the student group from receiving fees collected by state universities.
   
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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.