Scott to Target Regs Early

By: David Royse, The News Service of Florida
By: David Royse, The News Service of Florida

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Jan. 3, 2011 --

Gov.-elect Rick Scott is expected to announce on Tuesday an attack on government regulations by his new administration that could include a freeze on new rule making, sources close to the incoming governor and business leaders said.

A freeze on most new regulations pending a review for their need is one of several executive orders the new governor, a former hospital executive, is expected to announce within a short time of becoming governor. He’ll be sworn in at noon on Tuesday, taking over from Gov. Charlie Crist.

Scott also may quickly call for the use by state agencies of the E-verify system for checking potential employees’ immigration status.

Scott has made no secret of his intentions to reduce regulations, talking at length and frequently about whether many state agency rules are necessary. He hinted at that again Monday evening in talking to business leaders at one of several pre-inaugural celebration events. Scott also said last week that he likely would have an executive order shortly after being sworn in, though he hasn’t released details.

Recently, Scott told attendees at a Council of 100 meeting that he plans to call for a freeze on new regulations that don’t involve health or public safety, said Barney Bishop, executive director of Associated Industries of Florida, one of the state’s major business lobbies.

Bishop said his group would welcome the move, and that Scott needs to send a signal to business that the state is going to restore a strong business climate, and is ready to make a solid effort to get its economy going again.

“I think he can start that off by talking about suspending all rule promulgation except those that are life-safety-health issues,” Bishop said. “This governor has to say the state is open to business and if you’re thinking about going into another state … we’re going to make you a deal that’s going to encourage you, incentivize you.”

Officials in the Scott transition team wouldn’t confirm that Scott will call Tuesday for the freeze, but other business sources who have talked to top Scott officials confirmed the new governor plans a quick executive order dealing with stopping new rules from going into effect

Scott has often said the state has too many rules, and doesn’t need many of them and he said Monday night that once he is in office the state will "get rid of regulations that don't work."

“This is something the business community has wanted for a long time,” said Bishop.

Sources close to the incoming governor said he also plans to quickly move on another campaign promise – to require state agencies to use the E-Verify system, a Internet based portal for checking work authorization and Homeland Security information. An executive order on that might come as early as this week, as well.

Another possible early move could be some sort of executive order dealing with transparency and open government.

In his inaugural address four years ago, Crist announced he was creating an office of open government, which he did later that same day by executive order. Crist also used his speech to announce that he would lead a trade mission to Israel.


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  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Jan 4, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    Squirm Liberals squirm. You too government leeches. Let's get to work!
  • by Lack of regulation... on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    and not adhering to those that were in place helped start the meltdown in 2008. Yep...let's do it all over again.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    "Scott is impressing me more amd more by the day. Government regulations is one of the main things holding our states economy back. Great to see a Governor that understands the principals of such things. GET TO WORK!!! " Yeah, and we all know how removing and not enforcing regulations on the banking industry worked out.
  • by MJM on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    I think he is going to have more than he bargained for to deal with. He thinks he's going to do this and do that, but the people have a say and not everybody is going to go along with what he wants to do.
  • by Buddy Location: Quincy on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Hey all you regulatory apologists, get a grip! Regulation is what makes the world go round. What you want is fewer eyes watching you so you can cut corners and rob the people of florida.
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    Scott is impressing me more amd more by the day. Government regulations is one of the main things holding our states economy back. Great to see a Governor that understands the principals of such things. GET TO WORK!!!
  • by Chuck Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    Yeah regulations suck, just ask BP, just think of the corners they could cut if there wasn't any regulations in place to ensure that they couldn't cut corners with their safety devices. Ok so some more wells could blow out and destroy the quality of life for our gulf coast but think of the people they'd put to work before a well blew out. But then again with all the oil on the beach and no DEP regulations for protected wetlands look at all the people put to work doing cleanup.
  • by mc Location: tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Hey Anonymous,lets look at what regulations have done for us so far. Over three dollar a gallon gas , loss of jobs due to regs killing buisness, higher taxes on properties. You can even build a dog house without paying a fee. Hold ups in construction while waiting for too msny permits. which also kills jobs. Lets all go back to the 1890's . Your portion of taxes were paid by January 15th. Now we work until around May 20th to pay them.two weeks worth of wages paid to the government compared to five months today. Its your money which sounds better to you . Unless of course you don't work much and live off of the ones who do.You call them carpet baggers , I call them buisness owners, when government helps them prosper they hire more people. Government does not create jobs buisness does. Do away with the unneccesary regs,unless you want the government to have all of the money and everyone equally poor, government out of control never brings the poor to wealth it always makes eveyone poorer
  • by James on Jan 4, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    ANONYMOUS: There are too many "regulations" on the book, not necessarily laws. The Legislature protects the citizens with laws, but administrative agencies are under the Governor, and there are too may tedious and restricting laws for people to get companies running, and especially keeping them going. That is the heart of a strong economy, not government intrusion with overbearing and ridiculous regulations like the Department of Business and Professional Regulation has had for years.
  • by Lee on Jan 4, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    When things to get to the point they are now where the right hand can't see what the left hand is doing, I would be all for starting over. Ever try to get help from some of these agencies? I say clear the slate, fire everybody and let them re-apply. We have a lot of stupid people working that maybe needs help in choosing another line of work...I don't really care how many years one may have with the state, if you can't handle the job, get out of the way so we can get things done....If this attitude causes friction with people, then they should be the first to go.
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