Calif. tailpipe rule hits speed bump in Florida
A legislative committee dealt a setback to Gov. Charlie Crist's climate team Monday on his goal of adopting California's vehicle emission standards in Florida. The panel agreed with its staff that the Department of Environmental Protection's attempt to adopt the California standard by rule -- without legislative action -- is an "invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority" that would "vest unbridled discretion in the agency."
A lobbyist for automakers urged the panel to block DEP from acting, noting that tougher standards are likely to happen anyway at the federal level at President Obama's insistence. "This is the wrong year to address this issue," said Wade Hopping of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
The unanimous vote by the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee followed a motion by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness. The other members of this panel include Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa; Rep. Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill; Rep. Marlene O'Toole, R-Lady Lake; and Rep. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville.