Court Rules Against Scott’s Nursing Home Order In Light Of FL Irma Deaths

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, file photo provided by the Governor's Press Office, Gov. Rick Scott looks out the window of a C-130 as he assesses damage to the Florida Keys during the aftermath of Hurricane I... FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, file photo provided by the Governor's Press Office, Gov. Rick Scott looks out the window of a C-130 as he assesses damage to the Florida Keys during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma delivered a serious punch to Florida agriculture but producers and officials have only barely begun to assess the damage to the state’s citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops. (Jesse Romimora/Governor's Press Office via AP, File) MORE LESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ruled there is not an immediate danger that gives Florida Gov. Rick Scott the authority to order nursing homes to install generators.

An administrative judge on Friday ruled against the Scott administration after nursing homes and assisted living facilities challenged emergency rules put in place after Hurricane Irma.

Those rules required nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators capable of providing backup power for four days.

Scott called for the rules after residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died in the days after Irma wiped out power to much of South Florida.

Scott spokesman McKinley Lewis called the decision “disappointing” and said the governor would appeal.

The 1st District Court of Appeal last week sided with the governor in a separate legal challenge.

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