On January 4, 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 11-01 “Suspending Rulemaking and Establishing the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform.” According to a posting on the Governor’s web site, this action is intended to “freeze job-killing regulations”. The posting further describes Executive Order Number 11-01 as follows:
Executive Order No. 11-01 freezes all new regulations and establishes the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform, which will review all rules prior to promulgation as well as agency practices and contracts.
- Immediately suspends rulemaking for all agencies under the direction of the Governor.
- Establishes the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform to review all rules (including those suspended by the Order) prior to promulgation and to review agency practices and contracts.
- Imposes 90-day suspension on execution of any contracts with a value in excess of $1 million, without prior approval from the Office.
- Prohibits agencies from promulgating rules unless they obtain prior approval from the Office.
The full text of the executive order is available at http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/scott.eo_.one_.pdf.