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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title X
PUBLIC OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND RECORDS
Chapter 120
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT
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F.S. 120.54
120.54 Rulemaking.
(1) GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL RULES OTHER THAN EMERGENCY RULES.
(a) Rulemaking is not a matter of agency discretion. Each agency statement defined as a rule by s. 120.52 shall be adopted by the rulemaking procedure provided by this section as soon as feasible and practicable.
1. Rulemaking shall be presumed feasible unless the agency proves that:
a. The agency has not had sufficient time to acquire the knowledge and experience reasonably necessary to address a statement by rulemaking; or
b. Related matters are not sufficiently resolved to enable the agency to address a statement by rulemaking.
2. Rulemaking shall be presumed practicable to the extent necessary to provide fair notice to affected persons of relevant agency procedures and applicable principles, criteria, or standards for agency decisions unless the agency proves that:
a. Detail or precision in the establishment of principles, criteria, or standards for agency decisions is not reasonable under the circumstances; or
b. The particular questions addressed are of such a narrow scope that more specific resolution of the matter is impractical outside of an adjudication to determine the substantial interests of a party based on individual circumstances.
(b) Whenever an act of the Legislature is enacted which requires implementation of the act by rules of an agency within the executive branch of state government, such rules shall be drafted and formally proposed as provided in this section within the times provided in s. 120.74(4) and (5).
(c) No statutory provision shall be delayed in its implementation pending an agency’s adoption of implementing rules unless there is an express statutory provision prohibiting its application until the adoption of implementing rules.
(d) In adopting rules, all agencies must, among the alternative approaches to any regulatory objective and to the extent allowed by law, choose the alternative that does not impose regulatory costs on the regulated person, county, or city which could be reduced by the adoption of less costly alternatives that substantially accomplish the statutory objectives.
(e) No agency has inherent rulemaking authority, nor has any agency authority to establish penalties for violation of a rule unless the Legislature, when establishing a penalty, specifically provides that the penalty applies to rules.
(f) An agency may adopt rules authorized by law and necessary to the proper implementation of a statute prior to the effective date of the statute, but the rules may not be effective until the statute upon which they are based is effective. An agency may not adopt retroactive rules, including retroactive rules intended to clarify existing law, unless that power is expressly authorized by statute.
(g) Each rule adopted shall contain only one subject.
(h) In rulemaking proceedings, the agency may recognize any material which may be judicially noticed, and it may provide that materials so recognized be incorporated into the record of the proceeding. Before the record of any proceeding is completed, all parties shall be provided a list of these materials and given a reasonable opportunity to examine them and offer written comments or written rebuttal.
(i)1. A rule may incorporate material by reference but only as the material exists on the date the rule is adopted. For purposes of the rule, changes in the material are not effective unless the rule is amended to incorporate the changes.
2. An agency rule that incorporates by specific reference another rule of that agency automatically incorporates subsequent amendments to the referenced rule unless a contrary intent is clearly indicated in the referencing rule. A notice of amendments to a rule that has been incorporated by specific reference in other rules of that agency must explain the effect of those amendments on the referencing rules.
3. In rules adopted after December 31, 2010, material may not be incorporated by reference unless:
a. The material has been submitted in the prescribed electronic format to the Department of State and the full text of the material can be made available for free public access through an electronic hyperlink from the rule making the reference in the Florida Administrative Code; or
b. The agency has determined that posting the material on the Internet for purposes of public examination and inspection would constitute a violation of federal copyright law, in which case a statement to that effect, along with the address of locations at the Department of State and the agency at which the material is available for public inspection and examination, must be included in the notice required by subparagraph (3)(a)1.
4. A rule may not be amended by reference only. Amendments must set out the amended rule in full in the same manner as required by the State Constitution for laws.
5. Notwithstanding any contrary provision in this section, when an adopted rule of the Department of Environmental Protection or a water management district is incorporated by reference in the other agency’s rule to implement a provision of part IV of chapter 373, subsequent amendments to the rule are not effective as to the incorporating rule unless the agency incorporating by reference notifies the committee and the Department of State of its intent to adopt the subsequent amendment, publishes notice of such intent in the Florida Administrative Register, and files with the Department of State a copy of the amended rule incorporated by reference. Changes in the rule incorporated by reference are effective as to the other agency 20 days after the date of the published notice and filing with the Department of State. The Department of State shall amend the history note of the incorporating rule to show the effective date of such change. Any substantially affected person may, within 14 days after the date of publication of the notice of intent in the Florida Administrative Register, file an objection to rulemaking with the agency. The objection shall specify the portions of the rule incorporated by reference to which the person objects and the reasons for the objection. The agency shall not have the authority under this subparagraph to adopt those portions of the rule specified in such objection. The agency shall publish notice of the objection and of its action in response in the next available issue of the Florida Administrative Register.
6. The Department of State may adopt by rule requirements for incorporating materials pursuant to this paragraph.
(j) A rule published in the Florida Administrative Code must be indexed by the Department of State within 90 days after the rule is filed. The Department of State shall by rule establish procedures for indexing rules.
(k) An agency head may delegate the authority to initiate rule development under subsection (2); however, rulemaking responsibilities of an agency head under subparagraph (3)(a)1., subparagraph (3)(e)1., or subparagraph (3)(e)6. may not be delegated or transferred.
(2) RULE DEVELOPMENT; WORKSHOPS; NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING.
(a) Except when the intended action is the repeal of a rule, agencies shall provide notice of the development of proposed rules by publication of a notice of rule development in the Florida Administrative Register before providing notice of a proposed rule as required by paragraph (3)(a). The notice of rule development shall indicate the subject area to be addressed by rule development, provide a short, plain explanation of the purpose and effect of the proposed rule, cite the specific legal authority for the proposed rule, and include the preliminary text of the proposed rules, if available, or a statement of how a person may promptly obtain, without cost, a copy of any preliminary draft, if available.
(b) All rules should be drafted in readable language. The language is readable if:
1. It avoids the use of obscure words and unnecessarily long or complicated constructions; and
2. It avoids the use of unnecessary technical or specialized language that is understood only by members of particular trades or professions.
(c) An agency may hold public workshops for purposes of rule development. An agency must hold public workshops, including workshops in various regions of the state or the agency’s service area, for purposes of rule development if requested in writing by any affected person, unless the agency head explains in writing why a workshop is unnecessary. The explanation is not final agency action subject to review pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57. The failure to provide the explanation when required may be a material error in procedure pursuant to s. 120.56(1)(c). When a workshop or public hearing is held, the agency must ensure that the persons responsible for preparing the proposed rule are available to explain the agency’s proposal and to respond to questions or comments regarding the rule being developed. The workshop may be facilitated or mediated by a neutral third person, or the agency may employ other types of dispute resolution alternatives for the workshop that are appropriate for rule development. Notice of a rule development workshop shall be by publication in the Florida Administrative Register not less than 14 days prior to the date on which the workshop is scheduled to be held and shall indicate the subject area which will be addressed; the agency contact person; and the place, date, and time of the workshop.
(d)1. An agency may use negotiated rulemaking in developing and adopting rules. The agency should consider the use of negotiated rulemaking when complex rules are being drafted or strong opposition to the rules is anticipated. The agency should consider, but is not limited to considering, whether a balanced committee of interested persons who will negotiate in good faith can be assembled, whether the agency is willing to support the work of the negotiating committee, and whether the agency can use the group consensus as the basis for its proposed rule. Negotiated rulemaking uses a committee of designated representatives to draft a mutually acceptable proposed rule.
2. An agency that chooses to use the negotiated rulemaking process described in this paragraph shall publish in the Florida Administrative Register a notice of negotiated rulemaking that includes a listing of the representative groups that will be invited to participate in the negotiated rulemaking process. Any person who believes that his or her interest is not adequately represented may apply to participate within 30 days after publication of the notice. All meetings of the negotiating committee shall be noticed and open to the public pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The negotiating committee shall be chaired by a neutral facilitator or mediator.
3. The agency’s decision to use negotiated rulemaking, its selection of the representative groups, and approval or denial of an application to participate in the negotiated rulemaking process are not agency action. Nothing in this subparagraph is intended to affect the rights of an affected person to challenge a proposed rule developed under this paragraph in accordance with s. 120.56(2).
(3) ADOPTION PROCEDURES.
(a) Notices.
1. Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule other than an emergency rule, an agency, upon approval of the agency head, shall give notice of its intended action, setting forth a short, plain explanation of the purpose and effect of the proposed action; the full text of the proposed rule or amendment and a summary thereof; a reference to the grant of rulemaking authority pursuant to which the rule is adopted; and a reference to the section or subsection of the Florida Statutes or the Laws of Florida being implemented or interpreted. The notice must include a summary of the agency’s statement of the estimated regulatory costs, if one has been prepared, based on the factors set forth in s. 120.541(2); a statement that any person who wishes to provide the agency with information regarding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or to provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative as provided by s. 120.541(1), must do so in writing within 21 days after publication of the notice; and a statement as to whether, based on the statement of the estimated regulatory costs or other information expressly relied upon and described by the agency if no statement of regulatory costs is required, the proposed rule is expected to require legislative ratification pursuant to s. 120.541(3). The notice must state the procedure for requesting a public hearing on the proposed rule. Except when the intended action is the repeal of a rule, the notice must include a reference both to the date on which and to the place where the notice of rule development that is required by subsection (2) appeared.
2. The notice shall be published in the Florida Administrative Register not less than 28 days prior to the intended action. The proposed rule shall be available for inspection and copying by the public at the time of the publication of notice.
3. The notice shall be mailed to all persons named in the proposed rule and to all persons who, at least 14 days prior to such mailing, have made requests of the agency for advance notice of its proceedings. The agency shall also give such notice as is prescribed by rule to those particular classes of persons to whom the intended action is directed.
4. The adopting agency shall file with the committee, at least 21 days prior to the proposed adoption date, a copy of each rule it proposes to adopt; a copy of any material incorporated by reference in the rule; a detailed written statement of the facts and circumstances justifying the proposed rule; a copy of any statement of estimated regulatory costs that has been prepared pursuant to s. 120.541; a statement of the extent to which the proposed rule relates to federal standards or rules on the same subject; and the notice required by subparagraph 1.
(b) Special matters to be considered in rule adoption.
1. Statement of estimated regulatory costs.Before the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule other than an emergency rule, an agency is encouraged to prepare a statement of estimated regulatory costs of the proposed rule, as provided by s. 120.541. However, an agency must prepare a statement of estimated regulatory costs of the proposed rule, as provided by s. 120.541, if:
a. The proposed rule will have an adverse impact on small business; or
b. The proposed rule is likely to directly or indirectly increase regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate in this state within 1 year after the implementation of the rule.
2. Small businesses, small counties, and small cities.
a. Each agency, before the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, shall consider the impact of the rule on small businesses as defined by s. 288.703 and the impact of the rule on small counties or small cities as defined by s. 120.52. Whenever practicable, an agency shall tier its rules to reduce disproportionate impacts on small businesses, small counties, or small cities to avoid regulating small businesses, small counties, or small cities that do not contribute significantly to the problem the rule is designed to address. An agency may define “small business” to include businesses employing more than 200 persons, may define “small county” to include those with populations of more than 75,000, and may define “small city” to include those with populations of more than 10,000, if it finds that such a definition is necessary to adapt a rule to the needs and problems of small businesses, small counties, or small cities. The agency shall consider each of the following methods for reducing the impact of the proposed rule on small businesses, small counties, and small cities, or any combination of these entities:
(I) Establishing less stringent compliance or reporting requirements in the rule.
(II) Establishing less stringent schedules or deadlines in the rule for compliance or reporting requirements.
(III) Consolidating or simplifying the rule’s compliance or reporting requirements.
(IV) Establishing performance standards or best management practices to replace design or operational standards in the rule.
(V) Exempting small businesses, small counties, or small cities from any or all requirements of the rule.
b.(I) If the agency determines that the proposed action will affect small businesses as defined by the agency as provided in sub-subparagraph a., the agency shall send written notice of the rule to the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor at least 28 days before the intended action.
(II) Each agency shall adopt those regulatory alternatives offered by the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor and provided to the agency no later than 21 days after the rules ombudsman’s receipt of the written notice of the rule which it finds are feasible and consistent with the stated objectives of the proposed rule and which would reduce the impact on small businesses. When regulatory alternatives are offered by the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor, the 90-day period for filing the rule in subparagraph (e)2. is extended for a period of 21 days.
(III) If an agency does not adopt all alternatives offered pursuant to this sub-subparagraph, it shall, before rule adoption or amendment and pursuant to subparagraph (d)1., file a detailed written statement with the committee explaining the reasons for failure to adopt such alternatives. Within 3 working days after the filing of such notice, the agency shall send a copy of such notice to the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor.
(c) Hearings.
1. If the intended action concerns any rule other than one relating exclusively to procedure or practice, the agency shall, on the request of any affected person received within 21 days after the date of publication of the notice of intended agency action, give affected persons an opportunity to present evidence and argument on all issues under consideration. The agency may schedule a public hearing on the rule and, if requested by any affected person, shall schedule a public hearing on the rule. When a public hearing is held, the agency must ensure that staff are available to explain the agency’s proposal and to respond to questions or comments regarding the rule. If the agency head is a board or other collegial body created under s. 20.165(4) or s. 20.43(3)(g), and one or more requested public hearings is scheduled, the board or other collegial body shall conduct at least one of the public hearings itself and may not delegate this responsibility without the consent of those persons requesting the public hearing. Any material pertinent to the issues under consideration submitted to the agency within 21 days after the date of publication of the notice or submitted to the agency between the date of publication of the notice and the end of the final public hearing shall be considered by the agency and made a part of the record of the rulemaking proceeding.
2. Rulemaking proceedings shall be governed solely by the provisions of this section unless a person timely asserts that the person’s substantial interests will be affected in the proceeding and affirmatively demonstrates to the agency that the proceeding does not provide adequate opportunity to protect those interests. If the agency determines that the rulemaking proceeding is not adequate to protect the person’s interests, it shall suspend the rulemaking proceeding and convene a separate proceeding under the provisions of ss. 120.569 and 120.57. Similarly situated persons may be requested to join and participate in the separate proceeding. Upon conclusion of the separate proceeding, the rulemaking proceeding shall be resumed.
(d) Modification or withdrawal of proposed rules.
1. After the final public hearing on the proposed rule, or after the time for requesting a hearing has expired, if the rule has not been changed from the rule as previously filed with the committee, or contains only technical changes, the adopting agency shall file a notice to that effect with the committee at least 7 days prior to filing the rule for adoption. Any change, other than a technical change that does not affect the substance of the rule, must be supported by the record of public hearings held on the rule, must be in response to written material submitted to the agency within 21 days after the date of publication of the notice of intended agency action or submitted to the agency between the date of publication of the notice and the end of the final public hearing, or must be in response to a proposed objection by the committee. In addition, when any change is made in a proposed rule, other than a technical change, the adopting agency shall provide a copy of a notice of change by certified mail or actual delivery to any person who requests it in writing no later than 21 days after the notice required in paragraph (a). The agency shall file the notice of change with the committee, along with the reasons for the change, and provide the notice of change to persons requesting it, at least 21 days prior to filing the rule for adoption. The notice of change shall be published in the Florida Administrative Register at least 21 days prior to filing the rule for adoption. This subparagraph does not apply to emergency rules adopted pursuant to subsection (4).
2. After the notice required by paragraph (a) and prior to adoption, the agency may withdraw the rule in whole or in part.
3. After adoption and before the rule becomes effective, a rule may be modified or withdrawn only in the following circumstances:
a. When the committee objects to the rule;
b. When a final order, which is not subject to further appeal, is entered in a rule challenge brought pursuant to s. 120.56 after the date of adoption but before the rule becomes effective pursuant to subparagraph (e)6.;
c. If the rule requires ratification, when more than 90 days have passed since the rule was filed for adoption without the Legislature ratifying the rule, in which case the rule may be withdrawn but may not be modified; or
d. When the committee notifies the agency that an objection to the rule is being considered, in which case the rule may be modified to extend the effective date by not more than 60 days.
4. The agency shall give notice of its decision to withdraw or modify a rule in the first available issue of the publication in which the original notice of rulemaking was published, shall notify those persons described in subparagraph (a)3. in accordance with the requirements of that subparagraph, and shall notify the Department of State if the rule is required to be filed with the Department of State.
5. After a rule has become effective, it may be repealed or amended only through the rulemaking procedures specified in this chapter.
(e) Filing for final adoption; effective date.
1. If the adopting agency is required to publish its rules in the Florida Administrative Code, the agency, upon approval of the agency head, shall file with the Department of State three certified copies of the rule it proposes to adopt; one copy of any material incorporated by reference in the rule, certified by the agency; a summary of the rule; a summary of any hearings held on the rule; and a detailed written statement of the facts and circumstances justifying the rule. Agencies not required to publish their rules in the Florida Administrative Code shall file one certified copy of the proposed rule, and the other material required by this subparagraph, in the office of the agency head, and such rules shall be open to the public.
2. A rule may not be filed for adoption less than 28 days or more than 90 days after the notice required by paragraph (a), until 21 days after the notice of change required by paragraph (d), until 14 days after the final public hearing, until 21 days after a statement of estimated regulatory costs required under s. 120.541 has been provided to all persons who submitted a lower cost regulatory alternative and made available to the public, or until the administrative law judge has rendered a decision under s. 120.56(2), whichever applies. When a required notice of change is published prior to the expiration of the time to file the rule for adoption, the period during which a rule must be filed for adoption is extended to 45 days after the date of publication. If notice of a public hearing is published prior to the expiration of the time to file the rule for adoption, the period during which a rule must be filed for adoption is extended to 45 days after adjournment of the final hearing on the rule, 21 days after receipt of all material authorized to be submitted at the hearing, or 21 days after receipt of the transcript, if one is made, whichever is latest. The term “public hearing” includes any public meeting held by any agency at which the rule is considered. If a petition for an administrative determination under s. 120.56(2) is filed, the period during which a rule must be filed for adoption is extended to 60 days after the administrative law judge files the final order with the clerk or until 60 days after subsequent judicial review is complete.
3. At the time a rule is filed, the agency shall certify that the time limitations prescribed by this paragraph have been complied with, that all statutory rulemaking requirements have been met, and that there is no administrative determination pending on the rule.
4. At the time a rule is filed, the committee shall certify whether the agency has responded in writing to all material and timely written comments or written inquiries made on behalf of the committee. The department shall reject any rule that is not filed within the prescribed time limits; that does not comply with all statutory rulemaking requirements and rules of the department; upon which an agency has not responded in writing to all material and timely written inquiries or written comments; upon which an administrative determination is pending; or which does not include a statement of estimated regulatory costs, if required.
5. If a rule has not been adopted within the time limits imposed by this paragraph or has not been adopted in compliance with all statutory rulemaking requirements, the agency proposing the rule shall withdraw the rule and give notice of its action in the next available issue of the Florida Administrative Register.
6. The proposed rule shall be adopted on being filed with the Department of State and become effective 20 days after being filed, on a later date specified in the notice required by subparagraph (a)1., on a date required by statute, or upon ratification by the Legislature pursuant to s. 120.541(3). Rules not required to be filed with the Department of State shall become effective when adopted by the agency head, on a later date specified by rule or statute, or upon ratification by the Legislature pursuant to s. 120.541(3). If the committee notifies an agency that an objection to a rule is being considered, the agency may postpone the adoption of the rule to accommodate review of the rule by the committee. When an agency postpones adoption of a rule to accommodate review by the committee, the 90-day period for filing the rule is tolled until the committee notifies the agency that it has completed its review of the rule.

For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “administrative determination” does not include subsequent judicial review.

(4) EMERGENCY RULES.
(a) If an agency finds that an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action, the agency may adopt any rule necessitated by the immediate danger. The agency may adopt a rule by any procedure which is fair under the circumstances if:
1. The procedure provides at least the procedural protection given by other statutes, the State Constitution, or the United States Constitution.
2. The agency takes only that action necessary to protect the public interest under the emergency procedure.
3. The agency publishes in writing at the time of, or prior to, its action the specific facts and reasons for finding an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare and its reasons for concluding that the procedure used is fair under the circumstances. In any event, notice of emergency rules, other than those of educational units or units of government with jurisdiction in only one or a part of one county, including the full text of the rules, shall be published in the first available issue of the Florida Administrative Register and provided to the committee along with any material incorporated by reference in the rules. The agency’s findings of immediate danger, necessity, and procedural fairness shall be judicially reviewable.
(b) Rules pertaining to the public health, safety, or welfare shall include rules pertaining to perishable agricultural commodities or rules pertaining to the interpretation and implementation of the requirements of chapters 97-102 and chapter 105 of the Election Code.
(c) An emergency rule adopted under this subsection shall not be effective for a period longer than 90 days and shall not be renewable, except when the agency has initiated rulemaking to adopt rules addressing the subject of the emergency rule and either:
1. A challenge to the proposed rules has been filed and remains pending; or
2. The proposed rules are awaiting ratification by the Legislature pursuant to s. 120.541(3).

Nothing in this paragraph prohibits the agency from adopting a rule or rules identical to the emergency rule through the rulemaking procedures specified in subsection (3).

(d) Subject to applicable constitutional and statutory provisions, an emergency rule becomes effective immediately on filing, or on a date less than 20 days thereafter if specified in the rule, if the adopting agency finds that such effective date is necessary because of immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare.
(5) UNIFORM RULES.
(a)1. By July 1, 1997, the Administration Commission shall adopt one or more sets of uniform rules of procedure which shall be reviewed by the committee and filed with the Department of State. Agencies must comply with the uniform rules by July 1, 1998. The uniform rules shall establish procedures that comply with the requirements of this chapter. On filing with the department, the uniform rules shall be the rules of procedure for each agency subject to this chapter unless the Administration Commission grants an exception to the agency under this subsection.
2. An agency may seek exceptions to the uniform rules of procedure by filing a petition with the Administration Commission. The Administration Commission shall approve exceptions to the extent necessary to implement other statutes, to the extent necessary to conform to any requirement imposed as a condition precedent to receipt of federal funds or to permit persons in this state to receive tax benefits under federal law, or as required for the most efficient operation of the agency as determined by the Administration Commission. The reasons for the exceptions shall be published in the Florida Administrative Register.
3. Agency rules that provide exceptions to the uniform rules shall not be filed with the department unless the Administration Commission has approved the exceptions. Each agency that adopts rules that provide exceptions to the uniform rules shall publish a separate chapter in the Florida Administrative Code that delineates clearly the provisions of the agency’s rules that provide exceptions to the uniform rules and specifies each alternative chosen from among those authorized by the uniform rules. Each chapter shall be organized in the same manner as the uniform rules.
(b) The uniform rules of procedure adopted by the commission pursuant to this subsection shall include, but are not limited to:
1. Uniform rules for the scheduling of public meetings, hearings, and workshops.
2. Uniform rules for use by each state agency that provide procedures for conducting public meetings, hearings, and workshops, and for taking evidence, testimony, and argument at such public meetings, hearings, and workshops, in person and by means of communications media technology. The rules shall provide that all evidence, testimony, and argument presented shall be afforded equal consideration, regardless of the method of communication. If a public meeting, hearing, or workshop is to be conducted by means of communications media technology, or if attendance may be provided by such means, the notice shall so state. The notice for public meetings, hearings, and workshops utilizing communications media technology shall state how persons interested in attending may do so and shall name locations, if any, where communications media technology facilities will be available. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to diminish the right to inspect public records under chapter 119. Limiting points of access to public meetings, hearings, and workshops subject to the provisions of s. 286.011 to places not normally open to the public shall be presumed to violate the right of access of the public, and any official action taken under such circumstances is void and of no effect. Other laws relating to public meetings, hearings, and workshops, including penal and remedial provisions, shall apply to public meetings, hearings, and workshops conducted by means of communications media technology, and shall be liberally construed in their application to such public meetings, hearings, and workshops. As used in this subparagraph, “communications media technology” means the electronic transmission of printed matter, audio, full-motion video, freeze-frame video, compressed video, and digital video by any method available.
3. Uniform rules of procedure for the filing of notice of protests and formal written protests. The Administration Commission may prescribe the form and substantive provisions of a required bond.
4. Uniform rules of procedure for the filing of petitions for administrative hearings pursuant to s. 120.569 or s. 120.57. Such rules shall require the petition to include:
a. The identification of the petitioner, including the petitioner’s e-mail address, if any, for the transmittal of subsequent documents by electronic means.
b. A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency’s action or proposed action.
c. An explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests are or will be affected by the action or proposed action.
d. A statement of all material facts disputed by the petitioner or a statement that there are no disputed facts.
e. A statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including a statement of the specific facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agency’s proposed action.
f. A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agency’s proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes.
g. A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the proposed action.
5. Uniform rules for the filing of request for administrative hearing by a respondent in agency enforcement and disciplinary actions. Such rules shall require a request to include:
a. The name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the party making the request and the name, address, and telephone number of the party’s counsel or qualified representative upon whom service of pleadings and other papers shall be made;
b. A statement that the respondent is requesting an administrative hearing and disputes the material facts alleged by the petitioner, in which case the respondent shall identify those material facts that are in dispute, or that the respondent is requesting an administrative hearing and does not dispute the material facts alleged by the petitioner; and
c. A reference by file number to the administrative complaint that the party has received from the agency and the date on which the agency pleading was received.

The agency may provide an election-of-rights form for the respondent’s use in requesting a hearing, so long as any form provided by the agency calls for the information in sub-subparagraphs a. through c. and does not impose any additional requirements on a respondent in order to request a hearing, unless such requirements are specifically authorized by law.

6. Uniform rules of procedure for the filing and prompt disposition of petitions for declaratory statements. The rules shall also describe the contents of the notices that must be published in the Florida Administrative Register under s. 120.565, including any applicable time limit for the filing of petitions to intervene or petitions for administrative hearing by persons whose substantial interests may be affected.
7. Provision of a method by which each agency head shall provide a description of the agency’s organization and general course of its operations. The rules shall require that the statement concerning the agency’s organization and operations be published on the agency’s website.
8. Uniform rules establishing procedures for granting or denying petitions for variances and waivers pursuant to s. 120.542.
(6) ADOPTION OF FEDERAL STANDARDS.Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this section, in the pursuance of state implementation, operation, or enforcement of federal programs, an agency is empowered to adopt rules substantively identical to regulations adopted pursuant to federal law, in accordance with the following procedures:
(a) The agency shall publish notice of intent to adopt a rule pursuant to this subsection in the Florida Administrative Register at least 21 days prior to filing the rule with the Department of State. The agency shall provide a copy of the notice of intent to adopt a rule to the committee at least 21 days prior to the date of filing with the Department of State. Prior to filing the rule with the Department of State, the agency shall consider any written comments received within 14 days after the date of publication of the notice of intent to adopt a rule. The rule shall be adopted upon filing with the Department of State. Substantive changes from the rules as noticed shall require republishing of notice as required in this subsection.
(b) Any rule adopted pursuant to this subsection shall become effective upon the date designated by the agency in the notice of intent to adopt a rule; however, no such rule shall become effective earlier than the effective date of the substantively identical federal regulation.
(c) Any substantially affected person may, within 14 days after the date of publication of the notice of intent to adopt a rule, file an objection to rulemaking with the agency. The objection shall specify the portions of the proposed rule to which the person objects and the specific reasons for the objection. The agency shall not proceed pursuant to this subsection to adopt those portions of the proposed rule specified in an objection, unless the agency deems the objection to be frivolous, but may proceed pursuant to subsection (3). An objection to a proposed rule, which rule in no material respect differs from the requirements of the federal regulation upon which it is based, is deemed to be frivolous.
(d) Whenever any federal regulation adopted as an agency rule pursuant to this subsection is declared invalid or is withdrawn, revoked, repealed, remanded, or suspended, the agency shall, within 60 days thereafter, publish a notice of repeal of the substantively identical agency rule in the Florida Administrative Register. Such repeal is effective upon publication of the notice. Whenever any federal regulation adopted as an agency rule pursuant to this subsection is substantially amended, the agency may adopt the amended regulation as a rule. If the amended regulation is not adopted as a rule within 180 days after the effective date of the amended regulation, the original rule is deemed repealed and the agency shall publish a notice of repeal of the original agency rule in the next available Florida Administrative Register.
(e) Whenever all or part of any rule proposed for adoption by the agency is substantively identical to a regulation adopted pursuant to federal law, such rule shall be written in a manner so that the rule specifically references the regulation whenever possible.
(7) PETITION TO INITIATE RULEMAKING.
(a) Any person regulated by an agency or having substantial interest in an agency rule may petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal a rule or to provide the minimum public information required by this chapter. The petition shall specify the proposed rule and action requested. Not later than 30 calendar days following the date of filing a petition, the agency shall initiate rulemaking proceedings under this chapter, otherwise comply with the requested action, or deny the petition with a written statement of its reasons for the denial.
(b) If the petition filed under this subsection is directed to an unadopted rule, the agency shall, not later than 30 days following the date of filing a petition, initiate rulemaking, or provide notice in the Florida Administrative Register that the agency will hold a public hearing on the petition within 30 days after publication of the notice. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider the comments of the public directed to the agency rule which has not been adopted by the rulemaking procedures or requirements of this chapter, its scope and application, and to consider whether the public interest is served adequately by the application of the rule on a case-by-case basis, as contrasted with its adoption by the rulemaking procedures or requirements set forth in this chapter.
(c) If the agency does not initiate rulemaking or otherwise comply with the requested action within 30 days after the public hearing provided for in paragraph (b), the agency shall publish in the Florida Administrative Register a statement of its reasons for not initiating rulemaking or otherwise complying with the requested action and of any changes it will make in the scope or application of the unadopted rule. The agency shall file the statement with the committee. The committee shall forward a copy of the statement to the substantive committee with primary oversight jurisdiction of the agency in each house of the Legislature. The committee or the committee with primary oversight jurisdiction may hold a hearing directed to the statement of the agency. The committee holding the hearing may recommend to the Legislature the introduction of legislation making the rule a statutory standard or limiting or otherwise modifying the authority of the agency.
(d) If the agency initiates rulemaking after the public hearing provided for in paragraph (b), the agency shall publish a notice of rule development within 30 days after the hearing and file a notice of proposed rule within 180 days after the notice of rule development unless, before the 180th day, the agency publishes in the Florida Administrative Register a statement explaining its reasons for not having filed the notice. If rulemaking is initiated under this paragraph, the agency may not rely on the unadopted rule unless the agency publishes in the Florida Administrative Register a statement explaining why rulemaking under paragraph (1)(a) is not feasible or practicable until the conclusion of the rulemaking proceeding.
(8) RULEMAKING RECORD.In all rulemaking proceedings the agency shall compile a rulemaking record. The record shall include, if applicable, copies of:
(a) All notices given for the proposed rule.
(b) Any statement of estimated regulatory costs for the rule.
(c) A written summary of hearings on the proposed rule.
(d) The written comments and responses to written comments as required by this section and s. 120.541.
(e) All notices and findings made under subsection (4).
(f) All materials filed by the agency with the committee under subsection (3).
(g) All materials filed with the Department of State under subsection (3).
(h) All written inquiries from standing committees of the Legislature concerning the rule.

Each state agency shall retain the record of rulemaking as long as the rule is in effect. When a rule is no longer in effect, the record may be destroyed pursuant to the records-retention schedule developed under s. 257.36(6).

History.s. 1, ch. 74-310; s. 3, ch. 75-191; s. 3, ch. 76-131; ss. 1, 2, ch. 76-276; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 13, ch. 77-290; s. 3, ch. 77-453; s. 2, ch. 78-28; s. 2, ch. 78-425; s. 7, ch. 79-3; s. 3, ch. 79-299; s. 69, ch. 79-400; s. 5, ch. 80-391; s. 1, ch. 81-309; s. 2, ch. 83-351; s. 1, ch. 84-173; s. 2, ch. 84-203; s. 7, ch. 85-104; s. 1, ch. 86-30; s. 3, ch. 87-385; s. 36, ch. 90-302; ss. 2, 4, 7, ch. 92-166; s. 63, ch. 93-187; s. 758, ch. 95-147; s. 6, ch. 95-295; s. 10, ch. 96-159; s. 6, ch. 96-320; s. 9, ch. 96-370; s. 3, ch. 97-176; s. 3, ch. 98-200; s. 4, ch. 99-379; s. 9, ch. 2001-75; s. 2, ch. 2003-94; s. 50, ch. 2005-278; s. 3, ch. 2006-82; ss. 5, 6, ch. 2008-104; s. 7, ch. 2008-149; s. 4, ch. 2009-187; ss. 1, 5, ch. 2010-279; HJR 9-A, 2010 Special Session A; s. 49, ch. 2011-142; s. 8, ch. 2011-208; s. 1, ch. 2011-225; s. 2, ch. 2012-27; s. 1, ch. 2012-63; s. 4, ch. 2013-14; s. 13, ch. 2013-15; s. 1, ch. 2015-162; s. 1, ch. 2016-116.

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  1. Dixon first argues that Shabazz cannot obtain relief on the merits because he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”) prohibits prisoners from bringing a civil action “until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted.” 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a). It is undisputed that Shabazz exhausted the FDOC's grievance procedures, but Dixon argues Shabazz was also required to challenge the grooming policy by filing a petition to initiate a rulemaking change under Florida's Administrative Procedure Act. Florida Statutes § 120.54 allows “[a]ny person regulated by an agency or having substantial interest in an agency rule” to “petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal a rule.”
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  2. We affirm the final order. The Department's memo constitutes a "rule" because it is a statement of general applicability that implements, interprets, or prescribes the requirements of § 381.986(8)(e). § 120.52(16), Fla. Stat. And it constitutes an "unadopted rule" because rulemaking was not undertaken. §§ 120.52(20), 120.54, Fla. Stat.
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  3. The Secretary moved to dismiss Sims's complaint, contending that he had failed to exhaust all of his administrative remedies before filing suit—a requirement under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which governs how and when inmates can file suit to challenge prison conditions. See 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a). The Secretary conceded that Sims had complied with the three steps of the prison's grievance process, but argued that more was required. The Florida Administrative Procedure Act provides that any "person regulated by an agency or having substantial interest in an agency rule may petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal a rule." Fla. Stat. § 120.54(7)(a). Pointing to this provision, the Secretary contended that Sims could have—and should have—asked the Department to "amend" its grooming rule before he turned to the judicial system.
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  4. Notwithstanding ss. 120.569 and 120.57 , hearings conducted by [AHCA] pursuant to this subsection are subject to federal regulations and requirements relating to Medicaid appeals, are exempt from the uniform rules of procedure under s. 120.54(5) and are not required to be conducted by an administrative law judge assigned by the Division of Administrative Hearings.
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  5. Defendant Dixon argued that Plaintiff failed to exhaust his claim because he did not file a Petition to Initiate Rulemaking (‘PIRM') pursuant to FLA. STAT. § 120.54(7). THE UNDERSIGNED MAGISTRATE JUDGE RECOMMENDED THAT DEFENDANT'S ARGUMENT BE REJECTED. Case No. 4:21cv367-WS-MAF
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  6. Defendant Dixon asserts that “Plaintiff is required to exhaust all available administrative remedies prior to filing suit pursuant to the requirements of the PLRA ....” ECF No. 52 at 8. Because Plaintiff did not file a Petition to Initiate Rulemaking pursuant to § 120.54(7), Fla. Stat., Defendant argues that Plaintiff did not exhaust his administrative remedies. Id. at 9-10.
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  7. (ii) In an appeal from a rule adoption pursuant to under sections 120.54 or 120.68(9), Florida Statutes, in which the sole issue presented by the petition is the constitutionality of a rule and there are no disputed issues of fact, the record shall will consist only of those documents from the rulemaking record compiled by the agency that materially address the constitutional issue. The agency's rulemaking record consists of all notices given for the proposed rule; any statement of estimated regulatory costs for the rule; a written summary of hearings on the proposed rule; the written comments and responses to written comments as required by sections 120.54 and 120.541, Florida Statutes; all notices and findings made pursuant to under section 120.54(4), Florida Statutes; all materials filed by the agency with the Administrative Procedures Committee pursuant to under section 120.54(3), Florida Statutes; all materials filed with the Department of State pursuant to under section 120.54(3), Florida Statutes; and all written inquiries from standing committees of the legislature concerning the rule.
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  8. Here, Defendants do not dispute that Gill completed the FDOC's typical three-step internal grievance procedure. Motion at 13-25. Instead, they argue Gill did not exhaust his administrative remedies because he failed to file a Petition to Initiate Rulemaking (PIR) under section 120.54, Florida Statutes. Id. at 16. According to Defendants, because Gill challenges the FDOC's administrative rule on non-contact visitation, “[t]he normal prisoner grievance process alone” is “insufficient” to properly notify the FDOC about his claim. Id. They assert that the PLRA requires exhaustion of all available administrative remedies, and since filing a PIR is an available administrative remedy under Florida law, Gill's failure to avail himself of that remedy before initiating this action renders his claims unexhausted and subject to dismissal. Id. at 25. In support of this argument, Defendants submit the declaration of Lauren Sanchez, an FDOC records custodian for PIRs, who declares that the FDOC has no record of Gill ever filing a PIR. Motion Ex. E at 1.
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  9. The problem for DOR, though, is that when we compare the statutory provision relied on by DOR—section 202.22(2)(b)2.— to the relevant jurisdictional provision in the APA—section 120.56(4)—we see that DOR's attack on DOAH's jurisdiction really is one going to the merits of IBC's claim. As we noted up front, section 120.54(4)(a) gives an ALJ at DOAH the authority (read: jurisdiction) to adjudicate a claim by an affected individual that some "statement" by the agency is the equivalent of a rule not adopted in accordance with section 120.54(1)(a). Section 202.22 does not expressly limit or cabin this jurisdiction. In fact, it does not appear in the APA and does not purport to modify the authority of an ALJ specifically, or of DOAH in general.
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  10. Emergency rules are authorized under section 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, and are required to contain "the specific facts and reasons for finding an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare and [the agency's] reasons for concluding that the procedure used is fair under the circumstances." Immediate review of such rules is authorized by section 120.68(1)(b), Florida Statutes. Such review is limited to the four corners of the emergency rule. Ass'n of Homes and Svcs. for Aging, Inc. v. Agency for Health Care Admn., 252 So. 3d 313, 316 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018).
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    . . . . § 120.54(1), Fla. Stat. . . .

    GRABBA- LEAF, LLC, v. DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION,, 257 So. 3d 1205 (Fla. App. Ct. 2018)

    . . . See § 120.54, Fla. Stat. . . . rulemaking is required only for agency statements intended "by their own effect " to make law: [T]he Section 120.54 . . .

    IN RE AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE- REGULAR- CYCLE REPORT., 256 So. 3d 1218 (Fla. 2018)

    . . . (ii) In an appeal from a rule adoption pursuant to sections 120.54 (rule adoption) and or 120.68(9), . . . on the proposed rule; the written comments and responses to written comments as required by sections 120.54 . . . Statutes (statement of estimated regulatory costs) ; all notices and findings made pursuant to section 120.54 . . . all materials filed by the agency with the Administrative Procedures Committee pursuant to section 120.54 . . . Statutes (rule adoption procedure) ; all materials filed with the Department of State pursuant to section 120.54 . . .

    IN RE AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, 257 So. 3d 91 (Fla. 2018)

    . . . Stat. (2014). (2) § 120.53 120.54, Fla. Stat. (Supp. 1974 1998 ). (g) Florida Statutes Annotated. . . .

    FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF HOMES AND SERVICES FOR AGING, INC. d b a v. AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 252 So. 3d 313 (Fla. App. Ct. 2018)

    . . . danger, necessity, and procedural fairness on which the rules are based are insufficient under section 120.54 . . . We have jurisdiction pursuant to section 120.54(4)(a) 3., Florida Statutes. See also Little v. . . . Section 120.54(4)(a) provides an agency with the authority to adopt an emergency rule if it "finds that . . . Instead, the concern is whether the agency followed the requirements of section 120.54(4)(a)." Fla. . . . As stated above, section 120.54(4)(a) requires the agencies to set forth the reasons, in writing, both . . . See § 120.54(4), Fla. Stat. (2017). . . . See § 120.54(4)(a), Fla. Stat. . . . for concluding the procedure it used was fair under the circumstances, which is required by section 120.54 . . . ANALYSIS Section 120.54(4)(a) provides an agency with the authority to adopt an emergency rule if it . . . Section 120.54(4)(a) requires the agencies to set forth in writing their reasons for finding that an . . .

    P. F- G, v. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION,, 252 So. 3d 304 (Fla. App. Ct. 2018)

    . . . statement that is an unadopted rule may seek an administrative determination that the statement violates s. 120.54 . . .

    SDI QUARRY a k a v. GATEWAY ESTATES PARK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,, 249 So. 3d 1287 (Fla. App. Ct. 2018)

    . . . See § 120.54(5)(a)1., Fla. . . .

    GOODMAN, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT,, 238 So. 3d 102 (Fla. 2018)

    . . . Because the statutory process for amending or promulgating a Rule is difficult, see § 120.54, Fla. . . .

    K. M. v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,, 237 So. 3d 1084 (Fla. App. Ct. 2017)

    . . . Indeed, "section 120.54(4) 'was intended to create an opportunity for a citizen initiated check on rule . . .

    DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION, DIVISION OF PARI- MUTUEL WAGERING, v. DANIA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, LLC LLC TBDG, LLC d b a TGT, 229 So. 3d 1259 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . challenge on appeal the ALJ’s conclusion that the rule was invalid for failure to comply with section 120.54 . . .

    SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA v. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 230 So. 3d 544 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . for a petition to be filed "within 20 days after the date of publication of the notice required by s. 120.54 . . .

    CASTIELLO, v. FLORIDA DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS, 229 So. 3d 861 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . Compensation Claims (OJCC) to take action on the petition to initiate rule-making he filed under section 120.54 . . .

    FLORIDA PULP AND PAPER ASSOCIATION ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 223 So. 3d 417 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . rule-must be filed at DOAH within: [1] 21 days after the date of publication of the notice required by s. 120.54 . . . (3)(a); [2] 10 days after the final public hearing is held on the proposed rule as provided by s. 120.54 . . . provided in s. 120.541(l)(d); or [4] 20 days after the date of publication of the notice required by s. 120.54 . . .

    R. FERNANDEZ J. Sr. PLLC, v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BOARD OF MEDICINE, LLC,, 223 So. 3d 1055 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . Board also filed the rule amendment with the Department of State for adoption, pursuant to section 120.54 . . . See §§ 120.54(3)(d)3., Fla. Stat. . . . (governing modification and withdrawal of rules at various procedural stages); 120.54(3)(e)5.-6., Fla . . . Section 120.54(3)(d), Florida Statutes, addresses modification and withdrawal of proposed rules. . . . . § 120.54(3)(d)3.c., Fla. Stat. . . .

    CITIZENS OF STATE v. GRAHAM,, 213 So. 3d 703 (Fla. 2017)

    . . . The term also includes any denial of a request made under s. 120.54(7).” § 120.52(2), Fla. . . . Superseded on other grounds by statute, § 120.54(1)(a), Fla. Stat. . . .

    MADISON HIGHLANDS, LLC LLC, v. FLORIDA HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, SP LLC, LP LP,, 220 So. 3d 467 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)

    . . . Section .120.54(5), Florida Statutes (2016), requires the Administration Commission to adopt uniform . . . Commission has not approved it as an exception to the time deadline set forth in rule 28-106.104(3). § 120.54 . . . Saulter, 742 So.2d 368, 369-70 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999) (characterizing effect of section 120.54(5)(a) as . . .

    SAUNDERS, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES,, 185 So. 3d 1298 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2016)

    . . . action occurred pursuant to an un-promulgated rule: All proceedings to determine a violation of s. 120.54 . . .

    SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL AND MEDICAL HAIR REMOVAL, INC. SCMHR v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,, 183 So. 3d 1138 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)

    . . . See § 120.54(l)(a), Fla. . . . petition could only be addressed by rulemaking, it should have petitioned for rulemaking under section 120.54 . . . rule, the agency should either decline to issue the statement or comply with the provisions of Section 120.54 . . .

    LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES,, 199 So. 3d 286 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)

    . . . .” § 120.54(6). . . .

    KEDDO ENTERPRISES, LLC, v. FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION,, 175 So. 3d 346 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)

    . . . (“The commission shall adopt rules under [§§ ] 120.536(1) and 120.54 [Florida Statutes] to develop and . . . See § 120.54(3)(a) (requiring public notice and opportunity to comment before rulemak-ing). . . .

    ROBINSON, v. STEWART,, 161 So. 3d 589 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)

    . . . . — The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 which establish . . . initially enacted) provided: The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    AMERISURE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, DIVISION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION,, 156 So. 3d 520 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)

    . . . definition of the term ‘rule,’ but that has not been adopted pursuant to the requirements of’ section 120.54 . . .

    M. WINICK, v. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES,, 161 So. 3d 464 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2014)

    . . . .” § 120.54(l)(a). . But see Fears v. . . .

    FLORIDA QUARTER HORSE TRACK ASSOCIATION, INC. v. STATE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION, DIVISION OF PARIMUTUEL WAGERING,, 133 So. 3d 1118 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2014)

    . . . Statutes, is a “rule” that has not been adopted pursuant to the rulemaking process in violation of section 120.54 . . . adopted in public, through the transparent process of the rulemaking procedure set forth in section 120.54 . . . As such, it violates section 120.54(l)(a). . . . the definition of the term ‘rule,’ but that has not been adopted pursuant to the requirements of s. 120.54 . . . Stat.; see also § 120.54(l)(a), Fla. Stat. . . .

    HERRMANN, v. DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SANTA FE COLLEGE,, 120 So. 3d 626 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013)

    . . . letter was in substantial compliance with the requirements of a “petition” as specified in section 120.54 . . . (Fla. 5th DCA 2001), in arguing that her August 6 letter was in substantial compliance with section 120.54 . . . we ruled: “[E]ven if [the] letter was a deficient petition for administrative hearing under section 120.54 . . .

    H. ATWATER, v. CITY OF CAPE CORAL R. H. v. H. v. f k a, 120 So. 3d 595 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013)

    . . . The Department was granted the “authority to adopt rules pursuant to [sections] 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, v. PETER R. BROWN CONSTRUCTION, INC., 108 So. 3d 723 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013)

    . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . Authority to prescribe rules.— The Chief Financial Officer may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, v. BAYFRONT MEDICAL CENTER, INC. d b a St. s d b a St. s HCA d b a HCA d b a, 134 So. 3d 1017 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2012)

    . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    J. S. v. C. M. L. C. J. S. L. L. J. F. C. A, s, 135 So. 3d 312 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2012)

    . . . services because it was not adopted as a rule through the rulemaking procedures required by section 120.54 . . . J.S. sought a determination that APD’s agency statement was an unadopted rule in violation of section 120.54 . . . the parties agreed that the agency statement constituted an unadopted rule in violation of section 120.54 . . . Section 120.54(l)(a), Florida Statutes (2009), provides that “each agency statement defined as a rule . . . ) was filed and that the agency failed to publish the required notice of rulemak-ing pursuant to s. 120.54 . . .

    M. SCHIMENTI, v. SCHOOL BOARD OF HERNANDO COUNTY,, 73 So. 3d 831 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2011)

    . . . Likewise, the Uniform Rules developed by the Division of Administrative Hearings pursuant to section 120.54 . . .

    PRO TECH MONITORING, INC. v. STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,, 72 So. 3d 277 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2011)

    . . . See § 120.54(5)(a), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . .

    WHILEY, v. SCOTT,, 79 So. 3d 702 (Fla. 2011)

    . . . . § 120.54(7), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . . . § 120.54(2)(e), Fla. Stat. . . . Stat.; § 120.54(3)(e)5., Fla. Stat. . . . See § 120.54(l)(k), Fla. Stat. . . . (3)(e)l and 120.54(3)(e)6. . . . See § 120.54(3)(a)(1), Fla. . . . See § 120.54(2), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . . See § 120.54(3)(a), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . . See § 120.54(3)(c), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . . See § 120.54(4), Fla. Stat. (2010). . . .

    T. BROWN T. Jr. v. CITY OF VERO BEACH, 64 So. 3d 172 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2011)

    . . . Association. (5) The Department of Environmental Protection may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    JULIO BANKS, P. E. v. FLORIDA ENGINEERS MANAGEMENT CORPORATION,, 53 So. 3d 1151 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2011)

    . . . Section 120.54(5)(b)4, Florida Statutes (2010), provides that a petition for administrative hearing must . . . petition shall be dismissed if it is not in substantial compliance with [the requirements of section 120.54 . . . Even if his letter was a deficient petition for administrative hearing under section 120.54(5)(b)4, the . . .

    CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG St. v. REMIA,, 41 So. 3d 322 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2010)

    . . . Moreover, section 185.23(2) authorizes the DOR “to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    TARPON SPRINGS HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, INC. a d b a v. RETH, CRNA CRNA D. O. P. A. a a d b a v., 40 So. 3d 823 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2010)

    . . . 395.1055(l)(a) provides as follows: (1) The agency shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    COVENTRY FIRST, LLC, v. STATE OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION,, 38 So. 3d 200 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2010)

    . . . documents, policies, and procedures are not subject to the rulemaking requirements set forth in section 120.54 . . . of a viatical settlement provider’s business constitute unpromulgated rules in violation of section 120.54 . . . meets the Chapter 120 definition of a rule, but which has not been promulgated in accord with section 120.54 . . .

    S. BROWNING, v. FLORIDA HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY, INC. PAC,, 29 So. 3d 1053 (Fla. 2010)

    . . . prescribed by the Secretary of State. (7) The Department of State may adopt rides in accordance with s. 120.54 . . . Pursuant to the bounded rule-making authority conferred by sections 100.371(7) and 120.54, Florida Statutes . . . prescribed by the Secretary of State. (7) (§) The Department of State may adopt rules in accordance with s. 120.54 . . .

    LAMAR OUTDOOR ADVERTISING- LAKELAND, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,, 17 So. 3d 799 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009)

    . . . whether “[t]he agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    ABBOTT LABORATORIES, v. MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., 15 So. 3d 642 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009)

    . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    BOARD OF MEDICINE, v. VAZQUEZ, M. D., 11 So. 3d 994 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009)

    . . . that the challenged agency statement constitutes a rule which has not been adopted pursuant to section 120.54 . . .

    AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, v. CUSTOM MOBILITY, INC., 995 So. 2d 984 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2008)

    . . . that held that a formula used by AHCA to calculate overpayments to Medicaid providers violated section 120.54 . . . stipulated that the formula has not been adopted as a rule pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section 120.54 . . . issued a final order on August 23, 2007, holding that the cluster sampling formula violates Section 120.54 . . .

    NATIONAL STATES INSURANCE COMPANY, INC. v. OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION,, 988 So. 2d 107 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2008)

    . . . request for hearing shall include those items required by the uniform rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . .

    A. SLOBAN, v. FLORIDA BOARD OF PHARMACY,, 982 So. 2d 26 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2008)

    . . . petition to compel the Board to adopt a rule allowing his reapplication for licensure, under section 120.54 . . .

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES, d b a v. JM AUTO, INC. d b a JM, 977 So. 2d 733 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2008)

    . . . enforce the provisions of this chapter and has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, v. CAPITAL COLLATERAL REGIONAL COUNSEL- MIDDLE REGION W., 969 So. 2d 527 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)

    . . . file a petition asserting that the policy is invalid in violation of the rulemaking requirement of- 120.54 . . .

    COURTS, v. AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 965 So. 2d 154 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)

    . . . . § 120.54(l)(a), Fla. . . .

    COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES OF FLORIDA s s ALS s SIDS St. s s v. STATE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES,, 961 So. 2d 372 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)

    . . . 120.57 is “to avoid any appearance of requiring a substantially affected party to initiate duplicative 120.54 . . .

    ADVISORY OPINION TO ATTORNEY GENERAL RE REFERENDA REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION, 963 So. 2d 210 (Fla. 2007)

    . . . or mailing required by s. 101.20. (6) The Department of State may adopt rules in accordance with s. 120.54 . . .

    VALE, v. R. McDONOUGH,, 958 So. 2d 966 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)

    . . . may be invalidated before becoming effective only by filing a rule challenge proceeding under section 120.54 . . . (4), Florida Statutes (1987), or initiating a drawout proceeding authorized in section 120.54(17), Florida . . .

    R. MYERS, v. FLORIDA CIVIL COMMITMENT CENTER s, 953 So. 2d 726 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)

    . . . a de facto agency rule that has not been adopted under the proper rulemaking procedures of section 120.54 . . .

    T. PRATER, v. R. McDONOUGH,, 947 So. 2d 537 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)

    . . . Stat. (2005) (explaining that prisoners may petition to initiate rule-making pursuant to section 120.54 . . .

    VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, v. VOLUSIA HOMES BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, INC., 946 So. 2d 1084 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)

    . . . recommendation constituted a rule, but concedes that, if it does, it was not adopted in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION v. FLORIDA INSURANCE COUNCIL, INC., 938 So. 2d 545 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)

    . . . Law Judge found the Financial Services Commission failed to fulfill its statutory duty under section 120.54 . . . The agency head is required by section 120.54(3)(a) to approve proposed rules pri- or to their publication . . .

    RICHARDSON, Sr. v. FLORIDA PAROLE COMMISSION,, 924 So. 2d 908 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)

    . . . defined by s. 944.02, [who] shall not be considered parties in any proceedings other than those under s. 120.54 . . .

    HARTMAN- TYNER, INC. St. v. DIVISION OF PARI- MUTUEL WAGERING, DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION,, 923 So. 2d 559 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)

    . . . emergency rule 61DER05-1 is based, are insufficient to justify emergency rulemaking pursuant to section 120.54 . . . We have jurisdiction to review an emergency rule promulgated by an administrative agency, see § 120.54 . . . the emergency rule; rather, the concern is whether the agency followed the requirements of section 120.54 . . . Section 120.54(4)(a), Florida Statutes (2005), provides that, where an administrative agency finds that . . . or welfare and its reasons for concluding that the procedure used is fair under the circumstances. § 120.54 . . .

    DOE, I, II, III, IV, v. T. MOORE, O. III., 410 F.3d 1337 (11th Cir. 2005)

    . . . . § 120.54(l)(b), which requires administrative regulations be in place within 180 days of the enactment . . . Section 120.54(1)(b) merely gives direction and procedural deadlines to state agencies; it does not grant . . .

    SMITH, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,, 920 So. 2d 638 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2005)

    . . . [t]he agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, 894 So. 2d 202 (Fla. 2005)

    . . . (E)In an appeal from a rule adoption pursuant to sections 120.54 (rule adoption) and 120.68(9), Florida . . . on the proposed rule; the written comments and responses to written comments as required by sections 120.54 . . . all materials filed by the agency with the Administrative Procedures Committee pursuant to section 120.54 . . . Subdivision (c)(2)(E) of the rule addresses proceedings governed by sections 120.54 and 120.68(9), Florida . . . The definition of the rulemaking record tracks language in section 120.54(8), Florida Statutes. . . .

    STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, v. I. B. D. B., 891 So. 2d 1168 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2005)

    . . . .” § 120.54(3)(a)(l.), Florida Statutes (2003); see also Osterback v. . . . Sch., 510 So.2d 1028, 1030 (Fla. 1st DCA 1987) (“In further contravention of § 120.54, the legal authority . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    KERPER v. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION,, 894 So. 2d 1006 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2005)

    . . . More generally of course, section 120.54(l)(a), Florida Statutes (2003) clearly states, “Rulemaking is . . .

    FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, v. HOOD,, 884 So. 2d 1148 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . necessity, and procedural fairness on which Emergency Rule 1SER04-1 is based are insufficient under section 120.54 . . . Section 120.54(4)(a)3 provides that an “agency’s findings of immediate danger, necessity, and procedural . . . Instead, the concern is whether the agency followed the requirements of section 120.54(4)(a). . . . deem the reasons given by the Department to be in compliance with the standard set forth in section 120.54 . . . the following question, which we consider to be of great public importance: WHETHER, UNDER SECTION 120.54 . . . Section 120.54(4), Florida Statutes sets out strict requirements for emergency rules. . . . that this was the kind of “procedural fairness” the Legislature had in mind when it enacted section 120.54 . . . , I believe that the Department has failed to meet the “procedural fairness” requirement of section 120.54 . . . As the majority correctly notes, review of an emergency rule under section 120.54(4) is limited to procedural . . . The emergency rule will expire by operation of law after 90 days, see § 120.54(4)(c), but the Department . . .

    FLORIDA PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP CITIZEN LOBBY, INC. v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY,, 386 F.3d 1070 (11th Cir. 2004)

    . . . Stat. ch. 120.54. . . .

    AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, THE FLORIDA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, THE FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, THE FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE, THE FLORIDA RULES OF JUVENILE PROCEDURE, AND THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES, 887 So. 2d 1090 (Fla. 2004)

    . . . (E)In an appeal from a rule adoption pursuant to sections 120.54 (rule adoption) and 120.68(9), Florida . . . on the proposed rule; the written comments and responses to written comments as required by sections 120.54 . . . all materials filed by the agency with the Administrative Procedures , Committee pursuant to section 120.54 . . . Subdivision (c)(2)(E) of the rule addresses proceedings governed by sections 120.54 and 120.68(9), Florida . . . The definition of the ralemaking record tracks language in section 120.54(8), Florida Statutes. . . .

    BETTS, v. McKENZIE CHECK ADVANCE OF FLORIDA, LLC, d b a A. G., 879 So. 2d 667 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    ORTIZ, v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BOARD OF MEDICINE,, 882 So. 2d 402 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    OSTERBACK, v. O. AGWUNOBI,, 873 So. 2d 437 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Specifically, section 120.54(7), Florida Statutes (2000), requires that: Each rule adopted shall be accompanied . . .

    STATE v. BODDEN,, 877 So. 2d 680 (Fla. 2004)

    . . . See § 120.54(3), Fla. Stat. (2003); see also State v. . . . Section 120.54(3) provides in pertinent part: (3) Adoption procedures.— (a) Notices.— 1.Prior to the . . .

    BLACKWOOD, v. AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, STATE OF FLORIDA,, 869 So. 2d 656 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . request for hearing shall include those items required by the uniform rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . .

    V. CLEMONS, v. STATE RISK MANAGEMENT TRUST FUND, 870 So. 2d 881 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . petitions to review 120.57 proceedings because petitioner did not ‘exhaust’ the rule-challenge remedies of 120.54 . . .

    A. D. M. E. INVESTMENT PARTNERS, LTD. d b a v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 866 So. 2d 773 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Reversed and remanded for petitioner to file an amended petition for hearing in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    BROOKWOOD- EXTENDED CARE CENTER OF HIALEAH GARDENS, LLP d b a v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 866 So. 2d 189 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Reversed and remanded for petitioner to file an amended petition for hearing in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    BROOKWOOD- EXTENDED CARE CENTER OF HIALEAH GARDENS, LLP d b a v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 866 So. 2d 155 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Reversed and remanded for petitioner to file an amended petition for hearing in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    LARGO ACLF, LTD. d b a v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 866 So. 2d 156 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Reversed and remanded for petitioner to file an amended petition for hearing in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    A. GRIER d b a El- v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 866 So. 2d 159 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Reversed and remanded for petitioner to file an amended petition for hearing in compliance with section 120.54 . . .

    AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, v. HHCI LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, d b a d b a d b a, 865 So. 2d 593 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)

    . . . Ultimately, the ALJ determined that AHCA’s actions had violated section 120.54(l)(a), Florida Statutes . . . (4)(a) provides, “[U]pon entry of a final order that all or part of an agency statement violates s. 120.54 . . . agency [non-rule] statement may seek an administrative determination that the statement violates s. 120.54 . . .

    O DONNELL S CORPORATION, v. AMBROISE,, 858 So. 2d 1138 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2003)

    . . . De-bose, the Commission relied on its procedural rules, not the Uniform Rules adopted pursuant to Section 120.54 . . . See Section 120.54(5)(a)l. . . . See Section 120.54(5)(a)3. . . . Saulter, 742 So.2d 368, 369-70 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999) (characterizing the effect of Section 120.54(5)(a) . . .

    JENKINS, v. STATE v., 855 So. 2d 1219 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2003)

    . . . evidential breath testing instruments in Florida constitute a rule, and the FDLE is in violation of § 120.54 . . . Pursuant to section 120.54(3), Florida Statutes (1999), prior to the adoption of a rule the agency must . . . that these statements and policies have not been adopted or proposed as rules, contrary to section 120.54 . . . relevant part: Prior to entry of a final order that all or part of an agency statement violates s. 120.54 . . . (l)(a), if an agency publishes, pursuant to s. 120.54(3)(a), proposed rules which address the statement . . .

    BROOKWOOD EXTENDED CARE CENTER OF HOMESTEAD, LLP, d b a v. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION,, 870 So. 2d 834 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2003)

    . . . for administrative hearing, constitute substantial compliance with the requirements of subparagraph 120.54 . . . Section 120.54, Florida Statutes (2003), provides in pertinent part: (5) Uniform rules.— (a)l. . . . request for hearing shall include those items required by the uniform rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . . In 1998, the Florida Legislature amended section 120.54 to add subpara-graph (5)(b)4. . . . Section 120.569, was likewise amended at that time to reflect the mandatory nature of section 120.54. . . .

    BETTS, v. ADVANCE AMERICA,, 213 F.R.D. 466 (M.D. Fla. 2003)

    . . . the purposes, policies, and provisions of the code and to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . .

    NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA, INC. d b a WTVT- TV, v. AKRE,, 866 So. 2d 1231 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2003)

    . . . is undisputed that the FCC’s news distortion policy has never been “adopted” as defined by section 120.54 . . . See § 120.54. . . .

    OSCEOLA FISH FARMERS ASSOCIATION, INC. v. DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS, 830 So. 2d 932 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . 120.52 and that the agency has not adopted the statement by the rulemaking procedure provided by s. 120.54 . . . (l)(a), if an agency publishes, pursuant to s. 120.54(3)(a), proposed rules which address the statement . . . requesting the parties to advise whether the District had complied with the requirements of sections 120.54 . . . (3)(a) and 120.54(4)(e). . . . When section 120.54(l)(a) is read together with section 120.56(4), it becomes clear that the purpose . . .

    UNITED WISCONSIN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE,, 831 So. 2d 239 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . allegations in the administrative complaint were in fact un-promulgated rules prohibited by section 120.54 . . .

    BETHESDA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, INC. v. AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION,, 829 So. 2d 353 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . In this administrative appeal, the sole issue properly before us is whether, as required by section 120.54 . . .

    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES W. O v. SMITH, C. D. III, A., 227 F. Supp. 2d 1276 (M.D. Fla. 2002)

    . . . section, except for paragraph (l)(d). (3) The Department of State may adopt rules in accordance with s. 120.54 . . .

    AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, 827 So. 2d 888 (Fla. 2002)

    . . . (E) In an appeal from a rule adoption pursuant to sections 120.54 (rule adoption) and 120.68(9), Florida . . . on the proposed rule; the written comments and responses to written comments as required by sections 120.54 . . . all materials filed by the agency with the Administrative Procedures Committee pursuant to section 120.54 . . . Subdivision (c)(2)(E) of the rule addresses proceedings governed by sections 120.54 and 120.68(9), Florida . . . The definition of the rulemaking record tracks language in section 120.54(8), Florida Statutes. . . .

    ACCARDI, v. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, 824 So. 2d 992 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . The order further stated that the Accardis’ petition did not comply with section 120.54(5)(b)4, Florida . . .

    CALDWELL, v. STATE, 821 So. 2d 374 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . Because the department complied with section 120.54(7)(a), Florida Statutes (2000), by denying Caldwell . . .

    SIERRA CLUB, v. ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT,, 816 So. 2d 687 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . cumulative impacts rule in section 12.2.8, Applicant Handbook, was an una-dopted rule that violated section 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law ¡in-plemented, citation to which is required bys. 120.54 . . . Section 120.54(l)(a), Florida Statutes (1999) provides: Rulemaking is not a matter of agency discretion . . .

    NAACP, INC. NAACP, v. FLORIDA BOARD OF REGENTS, 822 So. 2d 1 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . . § 120.52(12)(b) and thus are “substantially affected persons” within the meaning of § 120.54(4). . . .

    FLORIDA BOARD OF MEDICINE, v. FLORIDA ACADEMY OF COSMETIC SURGERY, INC. M. D. D. D. S. F. A. C. S. R. M. D. v., 808 So. 2d 243 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2002)

    . . . (b) The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . [t]he agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    M. SHULMISTER, v. CITY OF POMPANO BEACH, a, 798 So. 2d 799 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . the sponsor and approved by the Secretary of State in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . .

    UNISOURCE PHARMACEUTICAL GROUP, INC. v. STATE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, R M v. v. S. Y. C. v. v. v., 799 So. 2d 333 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . See § 120.54(5)(b)4., Fla. . . . request for hearing shall include those items required by the uniform rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . .

    STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT TRUST FUND, v. DAY CRUISE ASSOCIATION, INC., 794 So. 2d 696 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . See § 120.54(3)(a)l„ Fla. Stat. (1999). 1. . . . of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 . . . of the Florida Statutes or the Laws of Florida being implemented, interpreted, or made specific.” § 120.54 . . . ; (b)The agency has exceeded its grant of rulemaking authority, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . . modifies, or contravenes the specific provisions of law implemented, citation to which is required by s. 120.54 . . .

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CONSUMER SERVICES v. CITY OF POMPANO BEACH, a a a R. N. a a a a a, 792 So. 2d 539 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . APA was raised below with regards to whether (1) the 1900 foot buffer zone policy violates section 120.54 . . . affected by an agency statement may seek an administrative determination that the statement violates s. 120.54 . . . .... and that the agency has not adopted the statement by the rulemak-ing procedure provided by s. 120.54 . . .

    FLO- SUN, INC. v. R. KIRK, v. R., 783 So. 2d 1029 (Fla. 2001)

    . . . See § 120.54(7), Fla. Stat. (1995). . . .

    McINTYRE, Sr. v. SEMINOLE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD,, 779 So. 2d 639 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . request for hearing shall include those items required by the uniform rules adopted pursuant to s. 120.54 . . . Furthermore, section 120.54(5)(b)4, Florida Statutes (1999), requires an agency to pass uniform rules . . . Section 120.54(5)(b)4 provides that' the petition must include: a. . . . of disputed facts and his letter was sufficient to meet the minimum requirements listed in section 120.54 . . . in the record on appeal, we assume that McIntyre had to meet the minimum requirements under section 120.54 . . .

    ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, v. MODERN, INC. v. St., 784 So. 2d 464 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . REVERSE the order’s determinations that the District did not meet the “good faith” requirement of section 120.54 . . .

    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT v. CHARLOTTE COUNTY,, 774 So. 2d 903 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2001)

    . . . other parties filed numerous petitions for administrative proceedings pursuant to sections 120.535, 120.54 . . . Statutes (Supp. 1996), but that it has not been adopted by the rule-making procedure mandated by section 120.54 . . . 3.1, the ALJ found that “consistency with State Water Policy is not properly resolved under sections 120.54 . . . The incorporation by reference was pursuant to section 120.54(8), Florida Statutes (1993), now authorized . . . in substantially similar form by section 120.54(l)(i), Florida Slat-utes (1999). . . . .

    SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, v. BENNETT, 771 So. 2d 1270 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2000)

    . . . In turn, section 120.54(l)(a) provides that “[e]ach agency statement defined as a rule by s. 120.52 shall . . . difficult or time consuming for the School Board to formally adopt this policy by compliance with section 120.54 . . .