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Friday, April 1, 2011

Gov Rick Scott of Florida;s naked power grab

A House bill that would give the governor and Cabinet more power to repeal rules passed through a subcommittee with no discussion.

HB 993 would allow Cabinet members during their first six months in office to repeal rules if they are obsolete or if they conflict with policies they are trying to implement. The repeal could be challenged, but Cabinet members could individually override the challenge. An objection to the override could be filed with the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Gov. Rick Scott is currently reviewing more than 11,400 existing rules. He has targeted more than 1,400 for repeal and or revision, and more than 1,200 for revision. Most of those are in the departments of Business and Professional Regulation and Environmental Protection.
The measure passed the House government operations subcommittee with only one dissenting vote, Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton. Last stop is the Rules and Calendar committee.

Imagine the hysteria on Fox News if it was a Democratic governor doing this. I'm no constitutional lawyer but is this even constitutional? Will he repeal this rule right before he gets thrown out of office? Florida will rue the day they elected this clown - actually they already are. I saw a poll that shows Scott would lose the election by 20 points if it were held today.

The man was a fucking criminal who somehow wriggled out of being prosecuted. For those who aren't aware, his company paid a record $1.7 billion fine for systematically defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. And now he preaches austerity.

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