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Gov. Rick Scott on a mission to repeal 1,000 state rules



Gov. Rick Scott is on a crusade to repeal more than 1,000 state rules that target everything from dwarf tossing to gambling and real estate licenses. The rules — which are crafted by state agencies to implement laws passed by the Legislature — typically are repealed by the agency that wrote them. But the governor's office now says it will ask lawmakers to repeal all of the rules in one shot next year.

"Every rule costs money. Just the fact that you have to research to find out if you're in compliance," Scott told the Times/Herald. "It's so complicated, people have to hire consultants to figure out how to comply."

Many of the rules Scott wants deleted duplicate federal regulations, or are obsolete or unnecessary, Scott and others say. Democrats don't object to the idea, but they want Scott to follow the typical process, which includes public notices and sometimes public hearings.

"We should always be looking at the rules, but we should maintain the process we've set forward," said Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando.

Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, who is chairman of the House Rulemaking and Regulation Subcommittee, said he's open to the idea of taking the decision away from agencies and boards like Gujo's.

"We're very desirous of seeing a comprehensive reduction of rules that negatively impact Florida's business climate," he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 10:52am]


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