University tuition-rate lawsuit tossed by judge

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The Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday from the Arizona attorney general, saying he lacked the standing to sue universities over their tuition rates. 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Arizona Board of Regents last September, claiming the three state universities had unconstitutionally increased in-state tuition rates. The Arizona Constitution says education should be “as nearly free as possible.”

But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Connie Contes dismissed the case in a brief order.

The regents had filed three separate motions to dismiss on various grounds. Contes granted the regents’ first motion to dismiss, but did not weigh in on the other two motions.

The judge agreed with the regents’ motion to dismiss based on the attorney general’s lack of authority to bring the lawsuit against the universities. 

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