A Florida law banning the use of state funds by public colleges and universities for travel to nations on the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terror list may end up at the Supreme Court:
WASHINGTON — A controversial Florida law that restricts state colleges and universities from traveling to Cuba and other “terrorist states” could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court for review.
The high court on Monday invited the Obama administration to file a brief, outlining the United States’ stance on the 2006 law, which bars public schools and universities in Florida from using state money for travel to countries considered by the federal government to be “sponsors of terrorism” – Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the faculty at the University of South Florida, the University of Florida and Florida International University in March asked the high court to review the law, which was declared unconstitutional in 2008 by U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami but upheld by a federal appeals court in September.
There was no word yet Monday on whether the U.S. solicitor general, who would file for the administration, would file in the case. But the ACLU said it was pleased the high court was “taking this seriously.”