HB 993 would allow Cabinet members during their first six months in office to repeal rules if they are obsolete or if they conflict with policies they are trying to implement. The repeal could be challenged, but Cabinet members could individually override the challenge. An objection to the override could be filed with the 1st District Court of Appeal. #

The measure passed the Government Oversight Committee today with no debate. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, cast the lone dissenting vote. Afterwords, I chased him down and asked him why. #

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