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Judge dismisses students’ lawsuit against regents

Feds chime in on Arizona's immigrant harboring banA 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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