Florida lawmakers may get rid of automatic tuition increases that universities are supposed to charge. 

A Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would repeal a law requiring tuition rates to go up automatically each year by the rate of inflation if the state doesn't raise rates.   

Last year, universities raised tuition by 1.7 percent, even though Governor Rick Scott had vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike included in the state budget. The Scott administration argued unsuccessfully that universities were not required to impose the automatic hike.

This year, legislative leaders say they plan to support Scott's efforts to keep tuition rates flat.

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