Lawyers argue Scott's Fla. rulemaking suspension

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has heard arguments in a challenge to Gov. Rick Scott's suspension of state rulemaking.
The case argued Wednesday was filed on behalf of Rosalie Whiley, a blind woman from Opa-Locka. She says the freeze has delayed a rule that would make it easier for her to reapply for food stamps.
Former Florida State University President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte argued on behalf of Whiley. D'Alemberte also a former American Bar Association president.
Scott's general counsel, Charles Trippe, argued for the governor.
D'Alemberte contended Scott exceeded his authority by in effect amending laws on rulemaking by state agencies. Trippe said Scott acted within constitutional limits.
Scott froze the process when he took office in January to determine if any proposed rules might conflict with his pro-business agenda.


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