The 2010 Amendments to the APA: Legislature Overrides Veto of Law to Require Legislative Ratification of 'Million Dollar Rules'
During the 2010 regular session, the Florida Legislature enacted HB 1565,1 which makes a number of changes to the Florida Administrative Procedure Act (APA). One of the most significant changes provides that rules with a “million dollar” impact may not take effect until ratified by the legislature. The bill passed with little opposition, but it subsequently sparked considerable controversy. On May 28, 2010, Governor Crist vetoed the bill, claiming that the measure “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.”