What has already been a very good year for Chevron reform just got even better. By rejecting officially sanctioned judicial bias, Florida voters furthered a positive trend that has turned 2018 into the year of the Chevron revolt. With the passage of Amendment 6, the Sunshine State became the fourth state this year to reject rules that require judges to abandon their duty of judging in favor of legal interpretations made by government bureaucrats.

Chevron, for the uninitiated, is the name of the doctrine whereby the U.S. Supreme Court compels lower federal courts to follow the interpretations of federal agencies whenever a statute is ambiguous and the agency’s interpretation is deemed reasonable. The name comes from a 1984 case, Chevron USA, Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. The doctrine was not widespread at the state level when Chevron was first decided, but its popularity grew. Florida courts adopted the idea in 1996, for example, in the Florida Interexchange Carriers Assoc. v. Clark case.

According to one count, 36 states at the beginning of this year followed some form of Chevron deference. The state-level trend reversing Chevron’s popularity began in April when Arizona abolished its version of the doctrine via legislation. Then, in early June, the Mississippi Supreme Court “abandon[ed] the old standard of review giving deference to agency interpretations of statutes.” Later in June, the Wisconsin Supreme Court likewise ended its “practice of deferring to administrative agencies’ conclusions of law.”

Florida now joins these states and others, like California, that never went down the troubled Chevron path to begin with. That leaves 32 states where judicial bias is still mandatory, but at least the trend is moving in the right direction.

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