Lawmakers could ban university trips to Cuba

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Cuban-American legislator has placed a ban on the use of state money in the House budget. Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, sponsored a similar ban in 2006 but most of the measure was struck down by a federal judge.

Even before the 2006 law, universities didn't pay for trips to Cuba but instead relied on private grants. But the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented university professors, said the law would have also blocked the use of private money.

Howard Simon with the ACLU predicted another lawsuit if this latest ban is passed by the Legislature.

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