ATLANTA -- Although Florida's cabinet this week gave its final approval to unprecedented rules that limit the political activity of market participants seeking state bond business, a key legislative committee could soon present a roadblock to the actual implementation of the rules, an official said yesterday.

Carroll Webb, executive director of the state Legislature's Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, said staff lawyers for the committee have questioned the rules on the grounds that the cabinet does not have the statutory authority to impose guidelines imposing a standard of conduct of people who are not state employees. The cabinet, which is composed of the governor and the state's six top elective and appointed officials, sets administrative policy in Florida.

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