Judge dismisses students' lawsuit against regents

Ina Ronquillo

Judge dismisses students' lawsuit against regents

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.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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