TALLAHASSEE -- Following through on a campaign promise to eliminate ``job-killing regulations,'' one of Gov. Rick Scott's first official acts was an executive order freezing all rules now in the works.
The order, issued Tuesday, cast a huge net over regulations making their way toward adoption. It halted hundreds of rules addressing everything from cleaning up mercury pollution in state water to allowing local governments to keep a larger share of building permit fees and requiring rigorous background checks for nursing home workers.
"We're going through, and the ones we're fine with we're allowing to go forward,'' Scott said at a news conference Friday.
He declined, though, to say which, if any, have been released, saying only he is considering ``the benefit to consumers versus the cost to killing jobs, so there's two sides to it.''
Earlier in the week, Scott was unable to identify one rule that might be a job killer.
The bold political maneuver, though, elicited cheers from the business community.
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