Fla. Sens. Sue Gov. Scott To Take US Rail Money

Law360, New York (March 1, 2011, 11:32 PM EST) -- Two Florida state senators took Gov. Rick Scott to court Tuesday over his decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal funds designated for a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando, Fla.

Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and state Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, filed an emergency petition in Florida Supreme Court, claiming the Republican governor had exceeded his constitutional authority by refusing to accept the funds.

The senators pointed out that former Gov. Charlie Crist and the prior state legislature had applied for...
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