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Woman sues Scott over Florida rulemaking suspension

March 29, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - A disabled food stamp applicant has asked the Florida Supreme Court to overturn Gov. Rick Scott's executive order suspending agency rulemaking powers.

Lawyers for Rosalie Whiley filed the petition Monday. It alleges Scott overstepped his authority by transferring rulemaking from agencies under the governor to his office.

That halted rules to simplify the reapplication process for food stamps. Whiley, who is blind, said the new rules would have made it easier for her to apply for food stamps online.

Her lawyers include former Florida State University president Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, who said the order halts actions urgently needed to protect vulnerable low-income citizens.

He also said the governor doesn't have the power to suspend state laws.

A spokesman for Scott did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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