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Cabinet to Rick Scott: Nope



Thirty minutes after taking office last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order requiring his approval for any new state rules in departments under his purview.

Three days later, he sent an e-mail asking agencies that are not under his control to voluntarily "consent to the pre-authorization process" as well. That request went to Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — state Cabinet members who were elected in their own right.

Their response?Thanks, but no thanks.

A spokeswoman for Atwater said his office will review its rules and regulations "following their own standards."

Putnam took a similar stance."We are not sending our rules to the governor's office," said Putnam spokesman Sterling Ivey. "We are looking at all of our rules internally to make sure they align with the direction the commissioner wants to go with the department."

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[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 7:53am]


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