Published: Aug 26, 2010 10:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 7:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A judge has struck down a 2009 law that loosened Florida's growth management requirements.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis, of Tallahassee, on Thursday ruled the law violated a provision in the Florida Constitution barring the state from requiring local governments to spend more money without providing those dollars or a means to get them.

The sponsor, Sen. Mike Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, said he didn't want the state to appeal.

Bennett said, instead, that he would introduce a new bill to fix the law.

It was supported by development and business interests. Environmentalists were against the law, saying it would cause urban sprawl.

The lawsuit was filed by Lee County and several municipalities.