Supreme Court rules Gov. Scott did not have authority to suspend rulemaking

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The News Service of Florida reports that a divided Florida Supreme Court has agreed with a Florida resident that Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his bounds in putting a freeze on rulemaking. “The Legislature retains the sole right to delegate rulemaking authority to agencies, and all provisions in (Scott’s executive orders) that operate to suspend rulemaking authority contrary to the Administrative Procedures Act constitute an encroachment upon a legislative function,” the five justices in the majority said.

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