Fast-Moving Bill Would Abolish Florida Regents

A plan to abolish Florida's Board of Regents, which governs the state's 10 public universities, is moving quickly through the state Legislature, as top lawmakers, including the Republican lieutenant governor, endorsed the sweeping proposal last week.

Beginning in 2003, the regents would be replaced by boards of trustees -- appointed by the governor -- at each of the state's 10 public universities. University presidents would report to the state system's