Florida Legislature Overrides Veto of "Million Dollar Rules" Ratification Requirement
Public Policy & Regulation Partner Larry Sellers authored an Administrative and Regulatory Law News article titled "Florida Legislature Overrides Veto of 'Million Dollar Rules' Ratification Requirement."
During the 2010 Regular Session, the Florida Legislature enacted several significant changes to the Florida Administrative Procedure Act (APA), including the requirement that administrative rules with a "million dollar" impact may not take effect until ratified by the Legislature. Governor Crist vetoed the bill, HB 1565, claiming that it "encroaches upon the principle of separation of powers" and that if the bill became law, "nearly every rule would have to await an act of the Legislature to become effective. This could increase costs to businesses, create more red tape and potentially harm Florida's economy." On November 16, 2010, the Legislature voted to override the veto and to make the new law effective. In the article, Mr. Sellers discusses some of the key provisions in HB 1565.