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Rick Scott's attorneys cite his 'supreme executive power' in court documents

The "supreme executive power" granted the governor by the state Constitution is among the reasons Gov. Rick Scott has the final say over rules developed by state agencies, according to documents filed Thursday in the Florida Supreme Court.

The argument came in response to a petition filed March 28 by Rosalie Whiley of Opa Locka. She charges Scott took over the Legislature's constitutional authority to direct rulemaking when he signed an executive order requiring his approval for all new rules. The freeze, she said, kept her from applying for food stamps online.

The 80-page response from the Governor's Office invokes President Barack Obama and former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles in his defense.

There's also this quote from Alexander Hamilton's Federalist papers: "A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of government."

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Posted by Janet Zink at 9:39:43 pm on May 12, 2011