Session review: Gov. Scott gets bill to clarify executive powers

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In the waning hours of the session Friday the Senate passed a bill aimed at clarifying that the governor has the authority to exercise control over bureaucrats in his own agencies, reports the News Service of Florida. The Florida Supreme Court last year found essentially that rulemaking power was vested in agencies by the Legislature and could only be done the way it was laid out for the agencies in the Administrative Procedures Act. That ruling came in Whiley v. Scott, when new Gov. Rick Scott tried to freeze all rulemaking and create a process to undo some rules that had gone through the APA process spelled out by lawmakers. The bill (HB 7055), which passed the House 81-33, a week earlier and was approved by the Senate 29-11 Friday, would clarify that the governor has the authority to determine how agencies will carry out rulemaking except when the Legislature clearly says otherwise.

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