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Scott wants to eliminate 1,000 state regulations

By Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott says the state has between a thousand and eleven-hundred regulations that are hurting business and stunting job growth. Tom Flanigan reports the governor is determined to get rid of these regulations and hopes the legislature will help him do that one way or another.

Governor Scott says not all state regulations should be done away with.

"The regulations we're looking at are things that are redundant with what the federal government's doing or what the local community's doing, or maybe made sense years ago but don't make sense today."

Not long after taking office, Scott ordered a hold on all new state agency regulations until his office could review them. But the Florida Supreme Court ruled only the legislature can change or abolish state regulations. Governor Scott would still like to have a bigger say on the matter.

"There's two ways of doing it. You can go through the process, which is fine if we go through the process, and then I think there's some legislators that would like to accelerate the process because they think that would be good for job creation."

Scott indicated that "acceleration" would mean the legislature giving the governor more power to regulate regulations. Bills to that effect would be introduced prior to the 2012 lawmaking session that begins in January.