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Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott



For the second time since Gov. Rick Scott took office in January, his attorney appeared before the Florida Supreme Court to defend him.

Rosalie Whiley, a blind woman from Opa Locka, charges Scott took over the Legislature's constitutional authority to direct rule-making when he signed an executive order requiring his review of all rules through the newly created Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform. The order, Whiley said, delayed a rule that would make it easier for her to apply for food stamps online. The governor has since approved the rule specific to Whiley's case.

But her attorney, former Florida State University president Sandy d'Alemberte, said that doesn't make the case moot.

He told justices Wednesday that the governor inappropriately added a step to the Administrative Procedures Act, which sets out the process for making rules to implement state laws.

"This is a distinctly legislative process," d'Alemberte said.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:28pm]


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