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Lawsuit filed in Supreme Court challenges Constitutionality of Gov. Scott's rulemaking freeze



A blind woman from Miami seeking to reapply for food stamps has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Constitutionality of Gov. Rick Scott's rulemaking freeze. The freeze was one of Scott's first acts of governor, included in an executive order that also created the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform. More than 900 rules were affected. None can go forward without approval by the newly-created office. Many have been approved, but many more are still on hold. The plaintiff, Rosalie Whiley, alleges one of those rules would have made it easier for her to apply for food stamps online.

Former FSU president Sandy d'Alemberte is part of Whiley's legal team.

"It's not just that he creates that office, but gives it authority over heads of agencies," d'Alemberte said. "The legislature gives rule making authority to those agencies,  not the governor." d'Alemberte said.  


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 2:50pm]


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