Pam Bondi comes to Rick Scott's defense in rules lawsuit
With Gov. Rick Scott facing a suit in the Florida Supreme Court over an executive order requiring his approval for agency rules, Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday filed a brief in support of the governor.
"Governor Scott's establishment of an accountability-review process for agency rulemaking - just as Governor Chiles did in 1995 - is both lawful and an appropriate way to ensure that his agencies meet state-established goals," reads Bondi's 23-page brief. It also says the court should direct Whiley's petition to intervene in the matter, saying the review process is a management decision that falls under powers granted the governor by the Florida Constitution.
Rosalie Whiley, a blind woman from Opa Locka, filed the suit in March, charging that Scott took over the Legislature's constitutional authority to direct rulemaking when he signed an executive order requiring approvoal of his newly-created Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform for all new rules. The order, she said, stalled a rule that will make it easier for her to apply for food stamps on line. Four groups filed briefs in support of Whiley: the Audubon Society, Disability Rights Florida, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law section of the Florida Bar.