Report: How Rick Scott is trying to increase gubernatorial power through rulemaking

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The Florida Independent‘s Travis Pillow has uncovered analarming addition to a rulemaking bill that cleared a House panel Wednesday. This new provision wouldgive Gov. Rick Scottand his cabinet thepower to bypass normal procedures and repeal hundreds of state agency rules–without having to give any explanation or justification for doing so.It also lengthens the period in which Scott can dump or change rules at will, while shortening the time period in which people affected by the rules are allowed to lodge complaints.

Patricia Nelson, of the governor? Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform, told the House rulemaking committee Wednesday that the proposed changes will allow the executive branch to eliminate hundreds of unnecessary and obsolete rules, a process that would be costly and burdensome under the existing procedures.The amendment says the procedures?nclude but are not limited to” rules that are obsolete, lack legislative authority, or have been transferred to other agencies.

State Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, said he wasconcerned about the ?ide latitude?the language appears to give the governor and the cabinet.

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