BRADENTON, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott told the Florida Supreme Court in a brief Wednesday that the decision to reject federal funds for high-speed rail rests with him and a petition to overturn his decision has come from “state senators whose policy preferences have not prevailed in the political process.”

The brief was in response to a suit brought Tuesday by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, and Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, who are arguing that Scott exceeded his constitutional authority when he told U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that Florida would not use the funds.

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