A renewed bid to give colleges and universities limited authority to raise tuition again failed in the Louisiana House.
The measure, House Bill 418, fell on a vote of 16-75.
Under current rules, colleges and universities have to win approval from the Legislature to boost tuition.
The bill would allow the LSU Board of Supervisors and other governing boards to increase tuition up to 10 percent per year, and not more than 20 percent in four years.
The measure would exclude tuition hikes for recipients of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, whose tuition is financed by the state.
Critics said that is unfair to students who do not get TOPS.
Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, noted that voters recently rejected a similar ballot measure.
Baton Rouge Rep. Barry Ivey’s creative plan to give universities and colleges more tuition-raising authority, while shielding TOPS recipients …
Ivey said that proposal would have given colleges blanket authority to raise tuition, not limited like his bill.
"We are one of the only states that require universities to come before us, in a political body, to try to determine whether or not to raise a fee or tuition," he said. "It is bizarre, at the least."
A similar bill was rejected by the House in 2016.