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Campus entrance to the University of Florida in Gainesville. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The University of Florida is barring three professors from providing testimony in a case to overturn the state's new voting law, AP reports.

Driving the news: The university in a statement on Saturday said that allowing professors Dan Smith, Michael McDonald and Sharon Austin to be paid experts for plaintiffs disputing the law would be "adverse to the university’s interests as a state of Florida institution."

  • The professors — who seek to provide testimony against a voting law that critics say restricts voting rights — were told that their testimony would create conflict for the school due to their dissent of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration, per AP.
  • "UF will deny its employees’ requests to engage in outside activities when it determines the activities are adverse to its interests. As UF is a state actor, litigation against the state is adverse to UF’s interests,” according to an email from an assistant vice president at the university, per AP.
  • Lawyers opposing the voting rights law also seek to determine whether DeSantis was involved in the university's move to prevent the professors from testifying, according to the New York Times, which first reported on the move.

The big picture: The voting rights law signed by DeSantis in May limits the use of ballot drop boxes and requires voters to request absentee ballots, among other restrictive measures.

  • The university's move to prevent professors from testifying is an unprecedented step, the Times reports. The university has allowed academic experts to testify in lawsuits in the past, even when the professors' views conflict with the views of the ruling political party.

Go deeper: DeSantis signs restrictive Florida voting law at event exclusive to Fox News

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Rep. Jeffries demands filibuster reform to pass voting rights bill

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told “Axios on HBO" that the “integrity of our democracy” is at stake without federal voting rights legislation, and the Senate must seriously consider filibuster reform if it can’t get 60 votes to pass it next year.

What they’re saying: “It's an open question as to whether we can get to 60 votes in the Senate on voting. And if we can't, then the Senate is going to have to make some decisions as it relates to filibuster reform,”Jeffries said.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 3 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.