Ron DeSantis, FDOT seek to scuttle expressway lawsuit

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation are urging a circuit judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new law that overhauls the operation of expressways in Miami-Dade County.

With Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper scheduled to hold a hearing next week, lawyers for DeSantis and the department filed briefs calling for the judge to toss out the case filed by the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

The case challenges a law that eliminated the authority and replaced it with a new entity known as the Greater Miami Expressway Agency.

The briefs argue in part that the authority doesn’t have the legal authority to pursue the case because it has been eliminated.

“As a matter of law, MDX (the authority) no longer exists,” said a brief filed by the Department of Transportation. “It has no board members, owns no property, no longer has the legal authority to operate the state expressways and all assets, employees and contracts have been transferred to GMX (the new agency). The court should dismiss this action because MDX no longer exists and does not possess the capacity to maintain this lawsuit.”

The authority filed the

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